[September 1, 2006]
In this lyrical, absorbing, award-winning novel, nothing is as it seems, and every clue leads to more questions.
At age eleven, Taylor Markham was abandoned by her mother. At fourteen, she ran away from boarding school, only to be tracked down and brought back by a mysterious stranger. Now seventeen, Taylor's the reluctant leader of her school's underground community, whose annual territory war with the Townies and visiting Cadets has just begun. This year, though, the Cadets are led by Jonah Griggs, and Taylor can't avoid his intense gaze for long. To make matters worse, Hannah, the one adult Taylor trusts, has disappeared. But if Taylor can piece together the clues Hannah left behind, the truth she uncovers might not just settle her past, but also change her future.
Everything about this book is different.
The writing is refreshing and just overall different. It was sad yet happy and a wonderful blend of past and present. It was addicting, as well. The story itself would drag a bit, but I'd still want to keep reading.
Taylor and Griggs were so adorable and funny together. They were like those little kids who pull each others hair and put a finger next to their face and scream "I'M NOT TOUCHING YOU," but they have crushes on each other. Except Taylor and Griggs are older. I loved every minute of it with them. As individual people? Taylor was kind of a bitch and had her flaws, though I never hated her. Griggs didn't work too well without Taylor, either.
The story itself was unique, not something we see often in YA. It wasn't a romance or a dystopian or a paranormal or even the traditional contemporary. It's a different book with different characters and I loved it.
There's not much else I can say. I'm already paranoid I was super spoilery. Overall, this book is just fantastic. Another one to pick up ASAP.