How far would you go to save someone you love? That’s what it says on the cover of the book. And, having read that, it took me about half a chapter to guess the “secret” of this sort of futuristic novel. I’m finding it hard to think what I can say about this book without giving too much away. Basically 16 year old Jenna awakens from an 18 month coma with no memory of her life. Her parents encourage her to watch videodiscs of her life and she does begin to get her memory back. What’s bizarre is that she can also remember things from when she was not only two years old, but also two weeks old. How is that possible? And why do they live in California in such secrecy? Jenna knows something isn’t right but it takes her a while (longer than the reader) to figure out what. Maybe I’m being a little jaded because having read similar stories it wasn’t that hard for me to figure out (Eva by Peter Dickinson leaps to mind-it’s an incredible book.)
This was a fast read and an interesting one, too. It brought up many questions of ethics and I thought the epilogue really changed the whole feeling of the book and made you rethink what you thought of it. I’d definitely recommend this to fans of Eva or Turnabout by Margaret Peterson Haddix.
*So I was just looking for a good link to provide for Eva and I really don’t see one. On Dickinson’s own website an excerpt totally gives away the surprise, and on amazon the new paperback edition also gives away the surprise. is it that they assume 18 years after publication everyone knows what the “secret” is? Like The Crying Game? I still don’t think they should do that.
**the author has also written David V. God, which I really liked and is worth checking out too!