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Series: Blackbird Duology #1
Publication: September 16, 2014 by HarperTeen
"This twisty, breathless cat-and-mouse thrill ride, told in the second person, follows a girl with amnesia in present-day Los Angeles who is being pursued by mysterious and terrifying assailants.
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."
This book definitely grabbed my attention and entertained me. The amnesia aspect made for a fun and mysterious read. I enjoyed trying to figure everything out along with the main character.
This book is also unique because it is told in second person. I can't decide how I feel about this. At first it was off-putting and took some getting used to. Once I did get used to it, it didn't really make that much of a difference to me. I'm not sure if it is really necessary. I think I would have enjoyed the book the same amount if it was told in first or third person.
I think the second person writing is a good way to grab the reader in the beginning and it makes the book a bit more thrilling in the first part. However, in the rest of the book, it didn't make that big of a difference. I don't think it was done poorly, but the novelty of it wore off throughout the story.
There is a lot of action and the mystery keeps the reader on edge. I was always wondering what was going to happen next. The plot gets pretty crazy with a few twists thrown in.
There are some flashbacks and changing of perspectives to help develop everything. I think these elements worked at points, but some disrupted the flow of the story. I also felt some were unnecessary. A few even left me more confused.
I don't think the book had enough answers in it. After finishing, I am still confused on certain parts that I think should have been resolved. I think the book could have been a little longer.
However, I am anxiously awaiting the sequel/conclusion and I will definitely read it in hopes of getting more closure and answers.
If you're looking for a quick read that has a lot of mystery and action, I would recommend this. Also, if you are willing to read something with a unique writing style.
This isn't one I would suggest rushing out to buy, but if you have the opportunity to read it, I would recommend.
* I received an eARC of this book for free from Edelweiss and HarperTeen in return for an honest review. *