Blackbird by Anna Carey
Summary: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.
*sighs* This was easily one of my most anticipated reads of the month, and just as easily one of the most disappointing. The concepts are there, but the execution and the final reveals were disappointing. (
I mean, the blurb says it’s Code Name Verity meets The Maze Runner, which I both loved, so how could I not read it?)
Basically, the story follows a girl as she wakes up on some train tracks, a train heading right towards her. All her memories are gone, and she doesn’t know who she is or how she got there. The one thing she is completely sure about is that people are trying to track her down and kill her…
The premise is probably the main problem I had with this: By the time the story ends, we have no explanations to anything that happened to this girl, and are left with more questions than we started with. How did she loose her memories? Why is she on a train track? Who’s trying to hurt her and why?
None of these questions are answered, and as a result, it kind of makes the book itself feel like a bit of a ripoff.
The characters themselves were a bit bland as well. They had some simplistic development, but not much more than that. There was nothing to make these characters stand out, especially our protagonist. I found it hard to connect to our protagonist because I never got the feeling that I truly knew her because of her memory loss. I wanted backstory on how she became the person she is now and I wanted a bit more growth from her, but I just didn’t get that. The antagonists were predictable and a bit cliche, and I wish we would have gotten a bit more into their development as well.
This is written from a 2nd person POV, and, in my experience, second person usually either succeeds wonderfully (All the Truth That’s in Me was written beautifully in 2nd person) or fails epically as a narrative style. Here, however, I was a bit indifferent to it. From a technical standpoint, I found it decent enough, but there were definitely times when I struggled to find a reason why it was necessary to the story.
I suppose I will read the 2nd book in the duology, just to get actual answers if nothing else. Sadly though, I can’t honestly say this is something I’d recommend highly, but if none of the above sounds like it would bother you, certainly give it a try.