Monday, April 9, 2012
Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne
Sara Wilson Etienne
Release Date: February 2nd, 2012
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons BYR
Plagued by waking visions and nightmares, inexplicably drawn to the bones of dead animals, Faye thinks she's going crazy. Fast. Her parents beleive Holbrook Academy might just be the solution. Dr. Mordoch tells her it's the only answer. But Faye knows that something's not quite right about Dr. Mordoch and her creepy, prisonlike school for disturbed teenagers.
What's wrong with Holbrook goes beyond the Takers, sadistic guards who threaten the student body with Tasers and pepper spray; or Nurse, who doles out pills at bedtime and doses of solitary confinement when kids step out of line; or Rita, the strange girl who delivers ominous messages to Faye that never seem to make any sense. What's wrong with Holbrook begins and ends with Faye's red hands; she and her newfound friends--her Holbrook "family"--wake up every morning with their hands stained the terrible brown of dried blood. Faye has no idea what it means but fears she may be the cause.
Because despite the strangeness of Holbrook and the island on which it sits, Faye feels oddly connected to the place; she feels especially linked to the handsome Kel, who helps her unravel the mystery. There's just one problem: Faye's certain Kel's trying to kill her--and maybe the rest of the world, too.
A rich and tautly told psychological thriller, Harbinger heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice in young adult fiction.
I've been very excited to read Harbinger from all of the mixed reviews. I'll be honest, I reeeaaally tried to like this book, but it just wasn't for me.
Harbinger was so dark and myserious and I did finish it. I liked the ending and thought it was a good conclusion to the story. Some parts were confusing and I didn't understand them. One things that I really did enjoy was Ms. Etienne's writing. It was captivating and had it's own flow.
I'm really interested in what Ms. Etienne is digging into next and I think that everyone should read Harbinger and then see what they think.