Crazy House by James Patterson & Gabrielle Charbonnet
A thrilling new YA novel from master of suspense James Patterson, who’s created a frightening new future: a world where teens are taken, imprisoned and forced to fight for their survival. Where 17-year-old Cass will do whatever it takes to save her twin sister from Death Row.
There were no charges. There was no trial. There will be no escape.
Seventeen-year-old Becca Greenfield was snatched from her small hometown. She was thrown into a maximum-security prison and put on Death Row with other kids her age. Until her execution, Becca’s told to fit in and shut her mouth… but Becca’s never been very good at either. Her sister Cassie was always the perfect twin.
Becca’s only hope is that her twin sister will find her. That perfect little priss Cassie will stop following the rules and start breaking them, before it’s too late. Because her jailers made a mistake that could get them both killed:
They took the wrong twin.
This book surprised me. I was expecting more of a thriller, but it turned out to be a Dystopia. I quite liked it. While it’s pretty much impossible to be completely unique in the Dystopian genre, this book does have unique qualities and it was able to surprise me at the end. Honestly, when I was almost done the book, I thought I knew how it was going to end (more or less) and I was disappointed with where it was going. I was already thinking about how I would have to say I didn’t like the ending in my review. However, the book went a different way and I was delighted that it did. This book leaves the reader wanting more. I was left thinking there must be a sequel, but it seems to just be a standalone.
It really bothers me when books have chapters end in the middle of a conversation. I get why the author does this – to create suspense – but I just find it annoying. This book has extremely short chapters, which I don’t mind, but all the more reason to continue the chapter at least until the conversation is over. What if I want to put the book down at the end of the chapter to go do something else? I have to remember the question that was just asked so that the book makes sense when I come back to it? How aggravating. The book is 296 pages long and has 113 chapters!
I couldn’t tell that this book was written by two authors. There is no clear switch from one author’s writing style to the other. They did a good job of this.
I didn’t care for the romance in this book. Both of the girls’ love interests just weren’t doing it for me. I felt like Becca and Tim just kind of unexpectedly kissed one day in order to console each other from their situation, but then suddenly they are mad about each other. Cassie and Nate happened in an unsatisfactory way as well. They didn’t really have any build-up to their relationship either and it just felt dull. I wasn’t able to get into either of them, which is always disappointing.
Best Aspect: Writing
Worst Aspect: Romance