Blackbird (Blackbird Duology #1) by Anna Carey
This twisty, breathless cat-and-mouse thrill ride, told in the second person, follows a girl with amnesia in present-day Los Angeles who is being pursued by mysterious and terrifying assailants.
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.
The Maze Runner series meets Code Name Verity, Blackbird is relentless and action-packed, filled with surprising twists.
What you’re in for: Second person narration. Mysteriousness. A list of facts. Murder. Romance. On the run. Police. Fugitives. A big twist (that I totally saw coming).
The second person narration: This was my first experience with second person narration in a novel. I was really looking forward to this rarity, but I’m not sure it was done well in this book. Well, for the most part, it was fine. However, I thought it strange when it would switch to other people’s POV. I mean, since it’s in second person, if you’re reading about “you”, then how is it possible to see other points of view? Am I wrong in thinking this??
Am I glad I read it? I was pretty disappointed in this book as a whole. There was nothing special about it, in my opinion. The story was blah, the characters were blah, and I was pretty darn bored the whole time I was reading it. It failed to captivate or impress me and I didn’t find the story very unique.
I was also rather disappointed with the ending. First of all, I do not think there is a need for this story to be a duology. The story could have easily been wrapped up in one book. So, the unanswered questions and abrupt, unsatisfying ending left me frustrated. I don’t have an interest in reading the companion, so I wish more things would have been wrapped up in this book. Sigh.
I wouldn’t recommend this book. Maybe only to people who are huge fans of the genre and aren’t looking for a very unique/creative take on it.