Saturday, 6 April 2013

(ARC) Book Review (220): Strangelets - Michelle Gagnon


Publication: 9th April 2013
Publisher: Soho Teen
Pages: 288
Genre: Dystopian
Age Appropriate: Young Adult
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.
My Thoughts...
This book had such a unique and exciting storyline, a very fresh and intriguing premise that had me guessing until the very end as to what was actually going on (I never did come up with the answer, which was refreshing).

Six teens on their deathbed or only seconds from death find themselves awakening inside of a hospital, with no idea where they are or who put them there, they are distrustful of each other but come to realise that to escape and to figure out what is going on they need to band together if they have any hope at all of getting back to where they came from.

So through the alternating chapters told through the eyes of Sophie, Declan and Anat we get to see their different stories and versions of what is taking place around them.

Once they eventually escape the hospital, they enter into a world completely different to when they each left it, there are no other humans around and the city that they find themselves in has been destroyed as if a large earthquake had hit, on the run from unknown creatures that seem intent on capturing them for their next meals they must find a way to keep one step ahead of the creatures whilst trying to find a way back home, but when a traitor is discovered amongst them some of them might not make it out of there alive.

A very entertaining dystopian novel that will keep you guessing until the heart-stopping end.

I give this 3.75/5 Stars.

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