Monday, April 8, 2013

YA Review: Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon

This book is suitable for Young Adult readers!!!
Goodread summary:
17-year-old Sophie lies on her deathbed in California, awaiting the inevitable loss of her battle with cancer…
17-year-old Declan stares down two armed thugs in a back alley in Galway, Ireland…
17-year-old Anat attempts to traverse a booby-trapped tunnel between Israel and Egypt…

All three strangers should have died at the exact same moment, thousands of miles apart. Instead, they awaken together in an abandoned hospital—only to discover that they’re not alone. Three other teens from different places on the globe are trapped with them. Somebody or something seems to be pulling the strings. With their individual clocks ticking, they must band together if they’re to have any hope of surviving. 

Soon they discover that they've been trapped in a future that isn't of their making: a deadly, desolate world at once entirely familiar and utterly strange. Each teen harbors a secret, but only one holds the key that could get them home. As the truth comes to light through the eyes of Sophie, Declan, and Anat, the reader is taken on a dark and unforgettable journey into the hearts of teens who must decide what to do with a second chance at life.

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Well this one was definitely something! It was a very interesting book but now that it's over I'm kind of disappointed because there were quite a few questions that left unanswered. It's like the author has left a little door if she decides to write another book for these characters.
The ending could have been a little better, maybe if the book was a little longer it would have felt more complete but other that that it was great.

I loved the story. It's new for me because I haven't read anything that involves a trip to the possible future, or whatever exactly that was (physics isn't my strong suit).

So in the beginning we met Sophie. She's the girl dying from cancer. She had already accepted her fate and she was okay with the idea of dying as long as her family was okay. It was hard on them to watch her die and hovering over her wasn't helping her much. She was weak and ready to go so when a fairly small but growing black hole appeared in front of her she though that was it and she let go.

Next was Declan. Lovely boy, he was caught stealing and after he was chased by a big Russian guy into a dead-end-street you can imagine where that was going right... But he wasn't ready to die so the black hole in the wall behind him was a total surprise.

Then came Anat running away to be with the love of her life. Not a good idea in general to run underground in the middle of the night and I'm not really sure how her life was in danger precisely but the black hole was there to suck her in too.

Only for the three of them to wake up at a place and **** they hadn't expected... It was understandable why they though they'd died and gone to hell or purgatory but no such luck. They were across the world in a bunker with no food to survive but the outside world wasn't all that better.

This was a very interesting book. I was surprised by everything that came and I was fascinated by the world the author has created. The characters weren't perfect and that made them seem more realistic. The didn't instantly liked each other so that was normal but somewhere between the bickering and the fighting and the hysteria a bond was build.

Nothing in the book was straight forward. There were many twists and turns and surprises along the way but it all helped build this world the characters suddenly found themselves in. It was amazing.

I loved the interactions, the tiny jokes, the fights, and the story as a whole. The only part I didn't like was the ending because it doesn't feel complete. For a such a short book the ending should have been more detailed and that was just missing for me but I really enjoyed reading the book and the outcome of the story.

I want to thank Edelweiss and the Publishers for providing me with a review copy!
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Until the next time,

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