The Stitch Trilogy is so totally unique, it’s no wonder that it has an abundance of overwhelmingly positive reviews on Amazon. In Stitch we are introduced to the totally screwed up world that Alessa is living in. In fact, the first half of the book is one general mind bend, trying to figure out what’s going on and it almost comes off as a ghost story.
I think far too few dystopians clearly illustrate the opposing side like Durante does in this series. Even though I don’t agree with it, it’s good to see it as a major part of the story–kind of like Ender’s Game when the grown-ups were trying to justify what they were doing to the kids–and to be able to recognize that the main thing that differentiates humans from animals is that the ends DO NOT justify the means. Even if it’s “necessary“, it’s still not just. If you’re gonna commit war crimes on a global scale, then you should own it and not cop out and say it’s for the Greater Good so you can consider yourself cleansed.
I also loved the character development of Alessa. I confess, the ending is intriguing because someone from Alessa’s past is back and this will definitely shake things up and even though what I hope will happen really can’t, I still hope it will happen. Cryptic, I know, but it’s a spoiler.
STITCH – BOOK ONE
Her heart races, her muscles coil, and every impulse in Alessa’s body screams at her to run… but yet she’s powerless to move.
Still struggling to find her footing after the sudden death of her parents, the last thing college freshman Alessa has the strength to deal with is the inexplicable visceral pull drawing her to a handsome ghostly presence. In between grappling with exams and sorority soirees – and disturbing recurring dreams of being captive in a futuristic prison hell – Alessa is determined to unravel the mystery of the apparition who leaves her breathless. But the terrifying secret she uncovers will find her groping desperately through her nightmares for answers.
Because what Alessa hasn’t figured out yet is that she’s not really a student, the object of her obsession is no ghost, and her sneaking suspicions that something sinister is lurking behind the walls of her university’s idyllic campus are only just scratching the surface…
The opening installment in a twist-laden trilogy, Stitch spans the genres of paranormal romance and dystopian sci-fi to explore the challenges of a society in transition, where morality, vision, and pragmatism collide leaving the average citizen to suffer the results.
Samantha Durante lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband, Sudeep, and her cat, Gio. Formerly an engineer at Microsoft, Samantha left the world of software in 2010 to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams and a lifelong love of writing. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, Samantha is currently working full time for her company Medley Media Associates as a freelance business writer and communications consultant. The Stitch Trilogy is her debut series. Learn more about Samantha at www.samanthadurante.com.