I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by HarperTeen on June 10th, 2014
Genres: Horror, Paranormal, Young Adult
Welcome to Gardnerville.
A place where no one gets sick. And no one ever dies.
There’s a price to pay for paradise. Every fourth year, the strange power that fuels the town exacts its payment by infecting teens with deadly urges. In a normal year in Gardnerville, teens might stop talking to their best friends. In a fourth year, they’d kill them.
Four years ago, Skylar’s sister, Piper, was locked away after leading sixteen of her classmates to a watery grave. Since then, Skylar has lived in a numb haze, struggling to forget her past and dull the pain of losing her sister. But the secrets and memories Piper left behind keep taunting Skylar—whispering that the only way to get her sister back is to stop Gardnerville’s murderous cycle once and for all.
I really should have attempted to review this immediately. Unfortunately, I couldn’t gather my thoughts enough to throw down a functional review at that point in time. It would have been a lot of, ‘Buh?,’ and gushing. I’m still somewhat in that boat, but now all the details are fuzzy and romanticized. Hah, it’s only been like two days. Clearly, I’m suffering the same bouts of selective memory as the main character.
If you’ve not read Kate Karyus Quinn’s other book, Another Little Piece, I urge you to do so as soon as you can. It was one of my favorite books from the last year, despite having many flaws and loose ends. I feel the same way about this book, but was prepared for the eventuality that somethings would be left unsaid.
As and author, Quinn is able to weave horror into poetic sentences that create less of a gut reaction and more of a fascination. This book doesn’t lack for horror. People are boiled alive, grafted together, and fall to their deaths. But, through it all, I was enthralled by the town of Gardnerville and the secrets it kept.
There is plenty of mystery to unravel. Some of it ends up being very strange and convoluted. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about demon rats. Nor am I positive I can accept the entire back story of both Skylar and Piper.
Still, this book was positively riveting. It was a second novel worth picking up and I can’t wait to see what else the author has in store.