Book Review: Blackbird

Published By: HarperTeen
Publication Date: September 16, 2014
Page Count: 256
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher
Audience: Young Adult - Thriller

Blackbird is the story of a teenage girl who wakes up with no memory on the train tracks in Los Angeles. She survives the train barreling towards her with only minor injuries, but what follows is a dangerous journey for her to discover who she is, how she got there, and why people are trying to kill her. 

 She takes on the name of Sunny and finds a friend in Ben, a boy she literally runs into in the supermarket. It takes some time for her to trust him, but he helps her to discover new information about herself. Sunny keeps a notebook with her to write down all bits of information that come to her so she can try to put the pieces of her life back together. 

Blackbird is filled with action, mystery, intrigue, betrayal, murder, and even a tiny bit of romance. It had my full attention from the first chapter. This is the first of a set of two books. I had to make sure because there is a bit of a cliffhanger at the end! 

 This book is written in second person. I know this is an issue for lots of people who don't like this writing style. Although it's not my preferred style, once I got used to it, I found it didn't bother me or detract from the book at all. The author does change narratives a few times throughout the book when you are reading from another character's perspective. The other character's are written in third person and this happens at the beginning of a few chapters to reveal new information relevant to the plot. Again, changing the narrative wasn't an issue for me. 

 If you're looking for a good YA action thriller, I would strongly recommend giving Blackbird a try. Anna Carey certainly packs a punch into 247 pages. It was awesome to have the chance to review a book that I enjoyed so much!

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.