Mon, October 6, 2014

Blackbird by Anna Carey Review

Blackbird book cover

Blackbird book cover

By Anna Carey
Publication date: Sept. 16, 2014
HarperTeen, 256 pages
Source: Publisher

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.

— description

Okay, WHAAAT?! This book is written in second person. You guys, who even does that?

ANNA CAREY, that’s who.

And it is fab fab fabulous.

I don’t think I’ve read a book written in second person (for those who don’t remember their elementary school English lessons, this is when it’s told in “you do this, you do that” etc.) since Choose Your Own Adventure books as a kid. But it works so perfectly here in that YOU are doing every action. YOU are running for your life. YOU are confused. YOU don’t know your own backstory.

It helps the reader put themselves in the main character’s shoes and really ups the ante on the thriller aspects of this story.

Bonus points: It’s a duology. I’m into that. Not EVERYTHING has to be a trilogy, you guys. The one detractor? CLIFFIE ALERT. Sigh. Bring on book two!

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  1. Teen Underground said:

    I’m so impressed that Anna Carey tackled a book written in the second person and did it well. That seems so doomed to failure! I’m really looking forward to reading Blackbird myself!


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  2. JB said:

    So glad to hear a positive review on this one! I’ll be completely honest–I added this to my to-read list simply because of the fact that it’s written in 2nd person. That’s just awesome!


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  3. Lisa is Busy Nerding said:

    ACK I’m so glad to hear you liked this one! I was scared to give it a try after lukewarm reviews but since we already know about Anna’s writing together, I feel like I can do this.


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  4. Rebecca @ The Library Canary said:

    I definitely agree that having this book written in 2nd person upped the ante and the suspense factor. I really enjoyed the POV. Wasn’t a huge fan of the relationship tho and kind of felt like if she had just made it a little long it could have been a standalone. But I still enjoyed it and can’t wait for the 2nd one!


    Posted on: Mon, October 6, 2014

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