Arson by Estevan Vega: Review and Giveaway!
Posted by Krystal Larson at 1:03 AM Monday, July 30, 2012
ARSON GABLE FEELS LIKE A FREAK. HE CAN CREATE FIRE. HE NEVER ASKED FOR IT. HE NEVER WANTED IT. BUT HE CAN'T SHUT IT OFF.
Before now, three things were true: he both loved and despised his grandmother; his life was going nowhere; and he was alone. But when a strange girl--who feels more normal behind a mask than inside her own skin--moves in next door, Arson hopes to find something he's never had: purpose. After years of living in fear, he will be forced to confront his haunting past and embrace the unknown as he walks the fine line between boy and monster. Edgy, realistic, and breathtaking, Arson, the chilling chronicle of an isolated teenager with unimaginable ability, is set to ignite the hearts and minds of a new generation.
This was a bit of an odd story in that the reader learns about the plot and characters as the book continues and knows little to nothing right away. Arson and Emery are more or less the main characters. The author does not delve into their pasts right away, the book is written in the here and now. Arson and Emery do not have the easiest of lives, but they make do. Their characters engage in a bit of a romance during the novel. Arson is a very sympathetic character. When he has a "dark" thought, he can create fire...but can he control it? The reader will learn more about why he has such strong feelings of guilt and hate, his character is more than interesting enough to keep the reader turning the pages. Emery struck me as really weird at first. She wears a mask...all the time. There isn't too much I can say about Emery without giving away a few key points, but her character development is phenomenal. The other characters are not necessarily the most likable of characters, but it's great when the author can make any secondary character memorable-and these characters are certainly memorable.
The plot was a little confusing at times, but the reader can usually straighten him/herself out eventually. At first, I found the initial chapters hard to understand and care about, but once I read through the fourth chapter, the book was impossible to put down. It was really hard to wait to see what would happen between certain characters-Arson and his grandmother, for instance (very weird/hate-filled relationship there). Arson covers realistic problems and situations, making the book easier to relate to. The cliff-hanger will have the reader dying for the sequel. This book is recommended to teens/young adults.
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