Author: Lisa McMann
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: January 8th, 2013
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I had very high expectations for this book, and though it was not as excellent as I had hoped (at times, it was just mediocre), I still thought enjoyed reading this fun quick book by Lisa McMann! Though the setup of the book is very different from her popular Wake series, her brilliant writing style still shines through in this fast-paced read. I found the plot of this book to be very original. Although at some points Jules seems to struggle with her own sanity, throughout most of the book she seems to be confident in her assertion that her vision is going to happen; she recognizes that the vision keeps changing as her actions change, and determines that the fate of the nine people in the body bags rests on her own shoulders—on the shoulders of a sixteen-year-old girl.
I really enjoyed the love story that was prevalent through the book. Jules and Sawyer have a sort of Romeo and Juliet love: their families are rival pizza companies, which began when Sawyer's family stole the secret sauce recipe that Jules's family had originally created. Now, while Sawyer's family's restaurant is thriving and loved by the entire town, Jules's family is struggling majorly, especially with her father's depression. While this rivalry seems a little bit ridiculous (I mean, really? That much angst over a sauce recipe?), McMann really makes it work. Besides the fact that Jules and Sawyer act so much better when they are together, it is also nice to read a book where the two main characters are not kept apart because of some supernatural aspect, but for an actual reason that could occur in anybody's lives (well, anybody who owns a pizza restaurant, that is).
One thing that I wish McMann had expanded upon, however, was Jules's life at school. Although she makes it clear that most of the other kids bully her for being antisocial and smelling like pizza, it seems as though something else must have happened between Jules and the other girls for them to be that mean to her. It also would have been nice to see more about Jules's brother, Trey; he was definitely one of the most interesting characters in the book, and a look more into his life would have been greatly appreciated. However, I still love the direct storytelling nature of McMann's writing, and her cliffhanger at the end of the book was very well created. Overall, I enjoyed reading this quick book, and cannot wait to pick up the sequel when it comes out in October!