Series: Half Life #1
Published by Viking Juvenille on March 4th, 2014
Half Bad by Sally Green is a breathtaking debut novel about one boy's struggle for survival in a hidden society of witches.
You can't read, can't write, but you heal fast, even for a witch.
You get sick if you stay indoors after dark.
You hate White Witches but love Annalise, who is one.
You've been kept in a cage since you were fourteen.
All you've got to do is escape and find Mercury, the Black Witch who eats boys. And do that before your seventeenth birthday.
These white witches are crazy bitches. I have never seen a protagonist get such a short end of a stick. Here’s hoping that the rest of the trilogy is just a very elaborate and satisfying revenge plot. Nathan needs to go Count of Monte Cristo on those jerks. They had it coming.
The problem with Nathan is that he’s the product of a half white witch, half black witch union. He could, theoretically, land on either side. Unfortunately, he’s the son of one of the most powerful black witches currently in existance. Despite the fact that Nathan could end up on either side of their little war, the white witches feel they need to attempt to force his hand. Nathan can only be a white witch if he murders his father. Until then, they’ll torture him and treat him like scum. They are really only driving him over to the other side. The other side lacks torture, and might possibly have punch and pie.
I can’t wait for him to drop the mic and walk out, possibly while not looking at an explosion.
The initial writing in the book is in second person. While that is quite jarring and puts one in mind of a choose your own adventure novel, it doesn’t last long. Third person point of view makes up the majority of the writing, thank heavens. I didn’t think I was going to make it through a 300+ page book in second person.
The story is exciting. Nathan is charming and steadfast despite all the horrors done to him. Everything moves at a fast pace and the book doesn’t lag. Overall, I enjoyed it. Hopefully the author can maintain or surpass with the next book.