Saturday, December 6, 2014

Blackbird by Anna Carey

by:  Anna Carey
published by: HarperTeen
publish date:  September 16, 2014

A girl wakes up on the train tracks, a subway car barreling down on her. With only minutes to react, she hunches down and the train speeds over her. She doesn’t remember her name, where she is, or how she got there. She has a tattoo on the inside of her right wrist of a blackbird inside a box, letters and numbers printed just below: FNV02198. There is only one thing she knows for sure: people are trying to kill her. 

On the run for her life, she tries to untangle who she is and what happened to the girl she used to be. Nothing and no one are what they appear to be. But the truth is more disturbing than she ever imagined. 

I wasn't too sure about this book initially.  I'm not often a fan of books that drop the reader in the middle of the story with absolutely no info about what's going on and that's what happens in the beginning of this book.  It's also written in the 2nd person, as in "you do this".  It took some getting used to.

The main character wakes up and doesn't know who she is or where she is.  She's scared and moody and skittish.  But when she meets someone and has to give herself a name, she makes up Sunny.  That's like the least likely name right??  All that aside, I did think it was a fairly good story.  I liked some of the twists and turns.  One of the big reveals at the end, I was like thank you Anna Carey!  Why don't more YA authors use that?

Would I recommend this book?  Maybe, I suspect a lot of people might be turned off by the 2nd person narration.  However, give it a try, you never know!

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