15 June 2015

Blackbird - Review

by Anna Carey

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What they say: This twisty, breathless cat-and-mouse thrill ride, told in the second person, follows a girl with amnesia in present-day Los Angeles who is being pursued by mysterious and terrifying assailants.

A girl wakes up on the train tracks, a subway car barreling down on her. With only minutes to react, she hunches down and the train speeds over her. She doesn’t remember her name, where she is, or how she got there. She has a tattoo on the inside of her right wrist of a blackbird inside a box, letters and numbers printed just below: FNV02198. There is only one thing she knows for sure: people are trying to kill her. 

On the run for her life, she tries to untangle who she is and what happened to the girl she used to be. Nothing and no one are what they appear to be. But the truth is more disturbing than she ever imagined. 

The Maze Runner series meets Code Name Verity, Blackbird is relentless and action-packed, filled with surprising twists.

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I received a copy from Harper360 in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: I didn't know much about Blackbird before reading it. This was actually a good thing because I managed to read the story entirely spoiler free - It was fun trying to guess what would happen next. I remember reading Eve also by Anna Carey way back before I started blogging, so appreciated the chance to read something else by her. 

Blackbird is a fun and thrilling YA suspense story. It's told in second person (which after a swarm of 1st person narratives, made for a refreshing change) and is about a girl who awakens to find herself in grave danger and with no memories.

The book is a suspense story, which works because the reader can experience everything right alongside the girl 'Sunny'. As Sunny tries to unlock the secrets of her past, she also has to escape from the many strangers who seem to be after her. I can't say too much without giving away any crucial details so I'm going to keep this short. Imagine waking up with amnesia armed with only a few items, plus a strange tattoo and a map. This is the situation Sunny finds herself in throughout Blackbird. The story follows her as she battles to stay alive and solve the mystery of her life.

There's not a slow introduction because the nature of second person narrative means that both Sunny and the reader are thrown into this dangerous world. I had a few of my own theories and my doubts about certain people (again I can't say much).

After the mother-of-all-cliffys I'm looking forward to discovering what happens next in Deadfall and see who exactly the hunters are.

4 Stars in my Sky!

Watch out for my ARC review of book two Deadfall coming soon!


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