by Anna Carey

Genre: YA Mystery, YA Thriller
Published: September 16, 2014
by HarperTeen




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.

BlackbirdΒ follows a girl as she wakes up on some train tracks, with 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.


25 thoughts on “Blackbird

  1. The premise really interested me for this book, so is disappointing that there are so many questions left unanswered! And the fact that the characters didn’t win you over either, makes me very reluctant to try this. It’s too bad it didn’t live up to potential for you!

  2. I hate it when all these questions are raised, but then none of them are answered! I agree, it’s totally a ripoff. Don’t authors understand that cutting a book in half isn’t a good way to get readers to buy the sequel? The book I just read did that. I’ve never read a second person pov, that’s just weird. I hope your next book is better! πŸ™‚

  3. This is going to sound terrible but I am going to say it anyways, I am so glad I wasn’t the only one that struggled with this read! So many good reviews for it and…I just couldn’t get into it.

    Lovely honest review!

  4. Too bad! It’s even worse when you are expecting it to be a good book. But that Snape picture is hilarious xD I would be so furious if I just read this entire book and didn’t get a conclusion where things were explained. It’s like, what’s the point, then? Awesome review, Zoe!

  5. Awwww D: I loved this book (thanks for commenting on that btw) so it sucks you didn’t πŸ™ I agree with the whole more questions than answered thing, but I’m decently sure it’s loosely based on The Most Dangerous Game.

    Now that you mention it, the 2nd POV is sort of weird. I mean it’s SUPER COOL, but it’s not exactly necessary. Hrmmm

  6. Considering this is a duology, the author probably wants to leave all of the answers for the second book. However, that really frustrates readers. We want at least SOMETHING that connects us with the protag, and that tends to be background information! Sigh. That’s disappointing you didn’t like this. :/ Great review, though!

  7. How the hell do you even have a book that mixes Code Name Verity with The Maze Runner?!! WHAT?! I am sooo weirded out by that combination. *ahem* So I still want to read this. But. Answers? Why are people so against giving answers. *sniffles*

  8. Wow…second person is rare. On that alone I would have picked this book up. BUT I also like answers to my questions which this book didn’t seem to deliver, so in order to save my sanity, I may just have to skip this one. Great review, Zoe! <33

  9. Yeah this book sounds like it has such good potential, I mean Code Name Verity meets Maze Runner??? Wut? I tend to not listen to those little things anymore because I’m always let down.

    But second person POV is interesting! Thanks for the link to that other book, because I would LOVE to read a well-written second person POV novel πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  10. Oh dammit, I was really looking forward to reading this book but after the ending you still don’t get the explanation? That sounds like a total cop out and would frustrate me to no end! The 2nd person pov sounds like it’d be interesting, I’ve only read it in All the Truth That’s In Me, so I want to experience that here.

    Great review Zoe, too bad it was disappointing!

  11. Tbh I was a bit confused as to why this series is a duology. This first book is so short! Just combine the books dammit. It’s not like the ending was a major cliffhanger that made me want to read the next book really badly or anything either…
    And yeah, definitely a lack of explanations. Which I assume will be in the sequel (not sure if I really want to read it though, to be honest).

  12. I’ve been hearing similar things and I am so tempted to skip this one except that somewhere deep inside of me, I still remain a little curious.

    When a book boasts to be Code Name Verity means Maze Runner, you cannot help but be curious!

    It sucks though when you feel indifferent to a book. Indifference is the worse, isn’t it?

    I am sorry you didn’t enjoy this more, Zoe!

    Lovely review, though!! πŸ™‚

  13. I was going to read this just because the second person perspective is one that you don’t see very often, so I’m still definitely curious about that. Sad to hear it didn’t meet your expectations, though I can see how not getting answers can be irritating!

  14. Oh no! I was so looking forward to this book!! I think I read somewhere on Epic Reads where the author explains why she wrote in 2nd person……
    I’m not sure if I will read this book now… Maybe when the next book comes out, it might be a better read for a binge, but it doesn’t sound like a good one at the moment. Brilliant review!

  15. Blackbird seems to be walking on a fine line. From the story to characters to… 2nd person POV? o_o Pretty unique stuff and for these kind of books I either hate them or love them!

  16. Awh, shame, I really liked it. Though totally get why you never, and so with you on the no answers, which was really annoying and the way it ended, I mean, that wasn’t even an ending, ugh. I didn’t really connect with her either, though I guess someone who doesn’t know who she is, I didn’t expect to anyway. It just had something about it that I loved though. πŸ™‚

  17. It sucks when books don’t give you the answers, and I’m pretty sad to hear this book does exactly that. Oh well, at least I wasn’t all too eager to read it in the first place.

  18. Aw, that’s too bad you didn’t like the book as much as you thought you would have! It looks like a good one to me too…judging by the cover mhm…. πŸ˜€ (I have a thing for red and black covers ) Great review and I love the gifs πŸ™‚


  19. Oh crappers. I’ve been desperate to read this one too and now I’m like, meh, this sounds super shitty. No answers? That’s probably the quickest way to turn a reader off. I know it’s a series, but at least give us something or no one is going to bother with book two. Ohh, I’m so disappointed. Going by the Goodreads reviews, not many are feeling this one either.

    Brilliant review Zoe, I’m so sorry you didn’t enjoy this more. I hope your next read blows your socks off! <3

  20. I choose to not read this one since I wasn’t a fan of this author’s. Eve trilogy at all a few years ago. That being said since I also heard it was told in 2nd person I practically ran away from it. 2nd person never works for me so I’m glad I didn’t pick this one up. It seems like this book was pretty much a rip off since it didn’t answer any if the important questions. To be honest this one sounds like it would only get me really really angry. *sigh* This kne just isn’t for me either. Hopefully your next read is better!

  21. So sorry this one was so disappointing, especially after so much anticipation — that really sucks!! And I hate it when a book doesn’t answer the main questions and leaves you hanging until the next book (or the next after that). I realize that is what makes a series, but it should still have a better ending! Hope your next read is better! Great review!

  22. Your review sums up my thoughts on the book perfectly! I had such high hopes when I started my review copy… but nah.
    It was kinda disappointing (which sucks! Especially since it was one of my most anticipated releases…)
    I’m glad I’m not the only one who ended up thinking it was disappointing. (although it still sucks!)

  23. Yay! I am so happy decided not to read this one in the end. It does not sound like a book I would enjoy at all. I am in the 1% of people who didn’t like Code Name Verity or The Maze Runner (I know!), so those two mentions didn’t make me want to pick it up. I couldn’t deal with the fact that it doesn’t give you any answers in the end. That would drive me absolutely crazy. Thanks for making sure I don’t waste my time on this book.

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