Author: Elizabeth Norris
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed–as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she’s opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn’t possible, she knows–with every fiber of her being–that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.
But her revival, and Ben’s possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI agent father’s files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something–but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what’s right in front of her: Everything that’s happened–the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben’s sudden appearance in her life–points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she’s going to need to uncover Ben’s secrets–and keep from falling in love with him in the process.
From debut author Elizabeth Norris comes this shattering novel of one girl’s fight to save herself, her world, and the boy she never saw coming.
(note: this was originally a mini-review, thus its shortness)
This sounded like a debut that had the potential to be unique or another typical dystopian-esque YA book, and, while it did seem fairly unique, I just wasn’t that impressed. I didn’t care about Janelle (I think that’s her name – again, read it a while ago, so can’t remember for sure) or the main romance, but that wasn’t my biggest problem. Instead, my biggest problem was: this book was so freaking sad! No spoilers but a lot of people died and there was a lot of sadness and even if I had been more interested in the story I’m not sure I would want to pick up the next book because this one made me sad. Not in the same way that some emotionally-powerful stories can – it wasn’t that I was overly attached to some of the characters, but I was still really sad and it doesn’t make me want to read on in the series.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars