Lucas and his twin sister, Silver, are accosted by a local gang one night. Just when they think they are about to get escape this gang initiation they discover that they are stopped on a road that is used as a local drag racing strip and they wind up in a horrible accident. Lucas wakes up from his coma to discover that his body is a mess and he’ll never get to college as an athlete, and worse yet, Silver has died from her injuries. With the ghost of Silver urging him on, Lucas is now motivated for revenge against the gang who killed his sister, and against her boyfriend whom he always thought very little of. Lucas puts together his own gang of vigilantes with the ghost of Silver overseeing everything.
Oh, but this was lousy.
Maybe this wasn’t the worst subject matter for a book, especially given that it’s a YA book and we know that YA books often tend to be overly dramatic, but it’s pretty close. An entire book build on the theme of revenge or vengeance? That’s pretty tough.
What really brings this book down are the characters. Everyone is extremely one-dimensional. Our main character, Lucas, is such an odd choice for a leading character. He’s driven by only one emotion and action – revenge. He talks like a surfer dude, which brings his credibility down two or three notches, and it never felt legitimate … it never felt like the character talking, but rather the author trying to be a character she clearly couldn’t identify with. Perhaps that’s not the case, but that’s how it came off.
And because the gang members who were partially responsible for Silver’s death and Lucas’ injuries were members of a Hispanic street gang, Lucas come across as racially prejudiced and refers to them as ‘spics.’
I’m sorry, but that’s just not appropriate in this era … especially for younger readers.
The opening was well written and held promise for an interesting story, but it never grew beyond that interest. This was easily one of the flattest, most one-dimensional books I’ve read in a long time. This is definitely not recommended.
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I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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author: Erin Richards
publisher: Simon Pulse
hardcover, 304 pages