Thursday, May 28, 2015

Review: (Don't You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 336
Received: Received a copy from the publisher through Edelweiss

Release Date: June 10, 2014
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Goodreads Synopsis:

Welcome to Gardnerville.

A place where no one gets sick. And no one ever dies.

There’s a price to pay for paradise. Every fourth year, the strange power that fuels the town exacts its payment by infecting teens with deadly urges. In a normal year in Gardnerville, teens might stop talking to their best friends. In a fourth year, they’d kill them.

Four years ago, Skylar’s sister, Piper, was locked away after leading sixteen of her classmates to a watery grave. Since then, Skylar has lived in a numb haze, struggling to forget her past and dull the pain of losing her sister. But the secrets and memories Piper left behind keep taunting Skylar—whispering that the only way to get her sister back is to stop Gardnerville’s murderous cycle once and for all.

My Review:

This book was a little confusing in the beginning, it took me some time to really get into it and truly understand where Quinn was taking this story. But once I got into the story, it was hard to quit, you really need to keep attention to what is happening to Skylar. The story goes back and forth from the present to past events, as Skylar is trying to remember Piper and everything they did together as children.

Gardnerville is a special town, no one really gets sick, it is almost like those that live there are immortal... almost. Strange things seem to happen in Gardnerville, and every four years those strange things take a turn for the worse. Every fourth year is when the worst things happen and the people that are responsible for these events are locked away. Readers slowly learn about how the town of Gardnerville works and how the prison in a way saves those that caused some major accidents.

What really made this book was how Quinn went back and forth from past to present to really show the relationship between Skylar and her sister Piper, how those two had such a friendship and then to see the after-effects of Piper's fourth year. I truly loved seeing how Skylar really had to grow on her own and how scared she was of life. Despite Skylar being so scared, she eventually begins to fight and tries to remember what has really happened over the past few years. Each and every one of the characters has a large part to play in this story but it truly is all about Piper and Skylar and how in a way saving Piper will save all of Gardnerville.

Honestly, Quinn brings to life a scary world that shows that not everything is perfect and that there is always a cost for perfection. I loved how each chapter title was the name of a song and if you look closely they each have a meaning to the story and a reason for starting the chapters they do. This was a book that kept me in circles and when the ending came, I really had to think about what I had just read, Kate Karyus Quinn keeps her readers on their toes and will shock you with every written word that you read.

1 comment:

  1. Whoa, check out that beautiful cover! Great review.



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