Author: Brendan Reichs
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Genre: YA Thriller
Description: It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, the same man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later she wakes up in a clearing just outside her hometown – alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the crime erased. Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him too, though he does his best to hide the signs. And as the world around them begins to spiral towards panic and destruction, the two troubled teens discover that people have been lying to them their whole lives . . . A YA summer blockbuster thriller for fans of The Maze Runner and The 100
My Review: Wow! I love a good sci-fi thriller and this book does not disappoint! Set just a few months into the future this book isn’t so much sci-fi as all thriller and it really keeps you gripped from the start. The first pages launch straight into Min’s story where she is being hunted in her home by someone who’s come to kill her. Despite her best effort to escape him, she ends up being killed but then wakes up unharmed in the woods, as she does every two years. From there the story unfolds at a fast pace and we’re introduced to the main story of an asteroid threatening to destroy the earth.
I don’t want to go into too much detail as it would really spoil the plot and every chapter kept me interested in reading it. The first part of this book follows Min’s story, as well as flashbacks she has from her previous birthdays. Chapters alternate between flashbacks and the story now but are all told in the first person. It’s easy to get into the plot right away and although Min’s story kept me really interested in reading this, I started to enjoy this book even more when we started to see Noah’s point of view. After we’re introduced to Noah’s story, also told in the first person, the story alternates between them both, chapter headings always telling you which character you are following.
I really liked where this story went. Although it does seem a little weird that a bunch of teenagers are investigating such high security things, I loved the way the plot went. There’s never a moment to relax as things in the story are always moving so fast. Although this is set just a little way into the future it will appeal to anyone who enjoys science fiction. The further into the story you go the more sci-fi it ends up being and the ending, the answers the teens are looking for are brilliant! Although I did part-guess the ending (one of many guesses), this book really is unpredictable and I had many failed guesses as to what was happening throughout reading this book.
There are only a few uses of the s swear word and although some dark things happen in the story there isn’t anything graphically violent. The description that this book is like ‘The 100’ is not wrong. I haven’t read the book but seen the series and this has just the same amount of intrigue and suspense! It really is a gripping read and the ending is a satisfying one overall considering you find out the general idea of what’s happening, but the book also has a bit of a cliff-hanger ending. If this was a series it’s one of those where you’d be expecting another series to be made and I really hope there’s another book as the story is far from finished. Answers in this book just let to more questions at the end and some amazing twist happens especially with one character I grew to love reading about which totally surprised me. I’d definitely recommend this book to others and will definitely be reading it again.
If you don’t like books that leave you with questions then you might not like this, but if you are looking for a futuristic thriller with a sci-fi edge that will keep you turning the pages and engrossed in reading it them you won’t be disappointed!
-Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy.
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