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.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by HarperTeen (first published September 1st 2014)
Blackbird isn’t necessarily a new storyline but the compelling way in which it’s told makes it stand right out from the crowd! It’s pacy and ever so intriguing. I loved the break-neck journey with all it’s thrilling little twists and turns. Gripping stuff!
The story is told in second person and I’ll admit it took me a little time to warm to this style, but it ended up really working for the plot (even if slightly confusing at times).
Imagine you wake up on a set of train tracks with no memory but with some very vague instructions… Who could you turn to? Who could you possibly trust when you don’t even remember who you are? The only thing you know is that you can run…
There were plenty of explosions that had me on the very edge of my seat thinking ‘no way’! Saying that some parts of the story were a bit on the realistic side at times. While I enjoyed the main characters highly dangerous and also addictive journey I never really felt a connection to her and never really rooted for her one way or the other.
All in all I think Blackbird is a suspense filled thrill ride that takes the reader on quite the journey. The ending left lots of questions so I really can’t wait to pick up more books.
3.5 / 5 Stars
*Special thanks to Harper 360 for the review copy*