Published by Bloomsbury Children on Jan 6, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, YA
Format: ARC from Giveaway Prize
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In four hours, Shelby Jane Cooper will be struck by a car.
Shortly after, she and her mother will leave the hospital and set out on a winding journey toward the Grand Canyon.
All Shelby knows is that they’re running from dangers only her mother understands. And the further they travel, the more Shelby questions everything about her past—and her current reality. Forced to take advantage of the kindness of unsuspecting travelers, Shelby grapples with what’s real, what isn’t, and who she can trust . . . if anybody.
This was an interesting mesh of YA contemporary, mystery, and North American fantasy. The mythology and fantasy part was completely unexpected, and I found myself wishing it wasn’t there, so I could concentrate on the contemporary mystery.
The mystery portion is all about Shelby, and who she is, and what is going on with her mother. I liked the way this plotline unraveled. There were multiple twists and turns, and was very exciting. I found that I didn’t even try to guess what was coming next because I was too busy enjoying the story.
In contrast, the fantasy-based part of the story moved very slowly for the first three quarters of the book. It really picked up once Shelby was most of the way through a journey, but I found it a little too late to really redeem that element.
Overall, this was an unexpected mesh of genres, and while it worked overall, I would have preferred this book without the fantasy element (you won’t hear me say that often). The contemporary mystery element was done so well that it didn’t need anything else.