Author: Anna Carey
Series: Blackbird Duology #1
Publication Date: September 16, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
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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.
The synopsis of this book and the cover caught my eye when I looked at the review copy on Edelweiss. Then when I finally was going to read it, I read a lot of mixed reviews. A little skeptical going into it, I was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t start out with good thoughts though as you can tell from my first Goodreads status update on the book.
I believe this was my first book that I read in second person and it caught me off guard to be honest. I can’t say that I loved it to begin with and I really can’t tell if I loved it in the end but you know what? It kind of worked for the book after your brain wraps around the fact that it is second person and it gets over the initial weirdness that you feel. So, if you are reading a lot of reviews about this being in second person and that being the downfall of this book, ignore that. It’s not a bad thing and it works.
Getting over the narrative and getting into the story it is really interesting and fast paced. “Sunny” wakes up on a subway track and can’t remember anything. She has a tattoo on her arm and a scar on her neck but other than that there is nothing to identify her. She has a backpack with money and a note in it and then her roller coaster begins.
This was a good mystery and I had no idea what was going to happen or the twists in the story. Sadly, I should have seen the one twist but, maybe I was blinded by a trick of hands. Look over here while this is going on over there! The characters were really interesting and you feel for Sunny at times. I loved the flashbacks she got every so often, they were really well done.
Overall, this book was a 3.5 stars for me. Some of it was because it had to take me awhile to jump into the story because of the narrative but it is definitely worth getting over it to read Blackbird.