The main character Marcus has just moved to the town of Borough, Iowa, with his mum. He hopes to have a fresh start after the death of his brother, Christian. He finds it difficult to fit in with the people in Kenton High and has been sent to principle Crabtree’s office lots of times already for fighting.
The town is not all it seems, Marcus has been sent there because he is marked. He needs to learn to keep his head down and try to blend in, or risk getting carted off by the strange men in the suits, No one ever returns.
Megan is a super hot bad girl that goes to Kenton High, who always manages to show up when Marcus is in danger. The two of them become friends and she drives him to and from school.
Marcus happens upon a secret resistance, who do military training during school hours. Runners in the resistance try to move unmarked people across the boarder to safe havens. The runners haven’t been successful in securing anyone across the boarder in a while and it would seem they are being set up.
Marcus suffers from vivid dreams, every dream a victim is murdered at the hands of a priest. Marcus is with the victims and helps them to cross over. The Priest from his dreams just so happens to be real, one of the elders in the town for the resistance.
Ryder is the angel of death, who has taken an interest in Marcus. With Ryder’s help can he secure his mum in a safe haven? Can he defeat the priest and the other demons who control this dammed town? Marcus needs to learn to control his new found abilities if he hopes to stand a chance. He has a connection to Ryder and is named Death’s Apprentice.
The ending of this book left me begging for more. The book is very well written, to the point crisp writing with no unnecessary filler. I devoured this book and read it in two sittings. I love this dark world Leah Spiegel has created, her characters are dark and dangerous with great heroic characters to balance it out. Marcus is a down to earth likeable guy and I think alot of people will be able to relate to him. There is lots of action, emotion, danger and mystery throughout this book which kept me glued to the pages.
This is a must read book, which now has a place with my favourites. I really do hope there is a sequel in the works. Only one thing for me, I would of liked a little bit more descriptors, I sometimes found it hard to get a picture of some of the characters.
4.5 stars for me.