Series: Blackbird #1
Author: Anna Carey
Published: September 16th by Harper Teen
(Amazon / Goodreads)
Synopsis: From the author of the Eve trilogy comes the breathless story of a girl racing to figure out who she is—and how to stay alive. When a nameless girl wakes up on the subway tracks, she knows only one thing for sure: people want her dead. Can she find them before they track her down? This pulse-pounding contemporary thriller is perfect for fans of The Maze Runner, The Darkest Minds, and Legend.
Things I know are true:
- I am in Los Angeles
- I woke up on the train tracks at the Vermont/Sunset station
- I am a teenage girl
- I have long black hair
- I have a bird tattoo on the inside of my right wrist (FNV02198)
- People are trying to kill me
*** I received a copy of this book free from the publisher at BEA for an honest review in return. This fact has not influenced my opinion***
Blackbird is one of the most unique books I have read in a long time. It's an entertaining Young Adult mystery full of thrilling action and intriguing characters but it is so much more.
Probably the first thing a person should talk about when they are reviewing this book is the writing style. If you are not aware, Blackbird is written in a second-person narrative. That means instead of I or she/he it says you did or said everything. This is not the first book I have read that is written in second-person but it definitely takes some getting used to. At the beginning it felt to me like I was reading one of those "Choose Your Own Adventure" novels. I was waiting for it to tell me to turn to page 157 if I wanted to explore the creepy basement (pro tip: never explore the creepy basement). But after I got used to it, I started to really like it. Second-person really seemed to work for this type of novel and is one of the reasons this book is so unique.
And while I thoroughly enjoyed it I can see that this book is definitely not for everyone. The second-person narrative is incredibly odd and makes this the kind of book that is not easily read in small doses (good thing it's not very long so you can read it in large chunks). It does also take a little while to get into. I'm not sure if that is on account of the writing style or the plot is a bit slow at the beginning. And it did suffer from First Book Syndrome (damn, I haven't mentioned this in a while). I felt like it barely scratched the surface of the real mystery here. It was definitely intentionally withholding information that it threw out to get me intrigued despite it's lack of connection to this book's plot. Blackbird is a duology and I'm interested to see how things developed and resolve. The last chapter kind of set things up for the next book, but it was a little frustrating and kind of a tease.
I give Blackbird by Anna Carey a 8 out of 10