by Nick Lake
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (January 6, 2015)
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In four hours, Shelby Jane Cooper will be struck by a car.
Shortly after, she and her mother will leave the hospital and set out on a winding journey toward the Grand Canyon.
All Shelby knows is that they're running from dangers only her mother understands. And the further they travel, the more Shelby questions everything about her past-and her current reality. Forced to take advantage of the kindness of unsuspecting travelers, Shelby grapples with what's real, what isn't, and who she can trust . . . if anybody.
Award-winning author Nick Lake proves his skills as a master storyteller in this heart-pounding new novel. This emotionally charged thrill ride leads to a shocking ending that will have readers flipping back to the beginning.
I was excited when I was given this ARC to read and review. Sadly that excitement was short lived when I made it 126 pages before I put the book down forever. I spent a good majority of this book very, very confused. I don't know about you but I don't like to be confused while reading. The author has a unique style of writing, which isn't bad, but it is difficult to follow. He also chooses to release important pieces of information at random times. It will catch you off guard and make you scream, "Are you serious?! Did that just happen?! Why is he just saying that NOW?!" Again, none of this will be done in a positive way.
The MC is a pretty decent character that you feel you can connect with. She is moody at times but what teenager isn't? The MC's mom is something different. I had a hard time understanding what the author was trying to do with that character. I don't feel she developed or grew in any way, but I did only make it part of the way through.
I was told this was supposed to be a mystery book but I didn't get that feel. I am not sure what this was supposed to be. As I mentioned before I was confused the entire time. I would not really recommend this book to anyone unless you really want to stick it out until the end. I just didn't have that much to give.