GIVEAWAY and REVIEW: Through Glass by Rebecca Ethington
Published on September 20, 2013 Genres: Dark, Dystopia, New Adult, Paranormal, Science Fiction
Everyone remembered the day the sky went black. The day the sun was wiped from the sky. They remember the wind as it brought in the darkness; the way the earth shook and everything changed.
Everyone remembered the screams as the darkness ate those who were out in the open, those who had surrounded themselves by light, and those who made noise.
Everyone remembered the voice from the sky and the way food disappeared.
At least, that's what I hoped. I hoped that there was an 'everyone' that would remember because I am not sure how many are left, how many survived. Or if anyone did.
I hoped that I wasn't alone.
I remembered that day.
I remembered because it was the day I became alone.
It was the day that everything was perfect until the monsters took it away. Then the house went silent and the birds stopped singing. It was the day when everyone disappeared, everyone except the boy, the only person I have seen in two years.
The boy I talk to through the glass.
Through Glass is my kind of book. It’s dark, it’s gritty, it’s real, and not everyone lives. This story is a new adult, post-apocalyptic, dystopian, SF, mystery, horror… LOL… it’s got a bit of all the dark stuff in it, and I loved it.
First of all, it’s got one of the best blurbs I’ve ever read. This book hooked me right away with the description, it was awesome. Secondly, even though it’s written in first person and we only get the main heroine’s point of view, Rebecca really did a great job distinguishing between Alexis and Cohen. Both survive a pretty horrific end-of-the-world scenario, but we don’t find out how differently each of them coped—despite being right next door, they could not communicate except through their bedroom windows—until much later in the book. I loved that moment when Alexis realized that Cohen’s house looked nothing like hers.
The setting was pretty gruesome and the mystery was so compelling I kept paging forward to see what the hell is going on. It was not easy to figure out because this book is totally original. First of all—the “invaders”—what the hell were they? You seriously don’t get a whole lot of answers in this book. There is a small bit of explanation towards the end, but not enough to really get a grip on things.
This is what you can do with a first person point of view. Keep secrets as you lead the character and the reader, by extension, though a very complicated mystery. And this book has a lot of secrets. I had no idea what was coming at all. And I can’t even tell you how back and forth I was as the story moved forward. I can’t even explain it because it will spoil the plot for you. The description of how Alexis had to live in order to survive were horrifying. She was in fact, slowly dying of starvation because once the invaders came, they took all the food and put out all the lights, including the sun. (OK, the sun was not harmed in the writing of this book, but they did block it out). And they made these creepy deliveries every once in a while to drop off food packets that smelled like vomit. And the water was only turned on periodically. So imagine living for years, YEARS—with nary a bath or clean clothes.
Also, the big mystery for me was—why did they let her and Cohen live? Part of it was that they followed the rules, but there seems to be so much more to this. And the end is a sort of cliffhanger. Alexis does accomplish her goal, she survives. She figures out some answers, and she even meets up with some “friends” from her previous life. But nothing is what it seems and when you finally figure out what has happened to her, it’s a shock.
All I kept thinking was, now WTF is she gonna do?
I hope Rebecca is working very diligently on the next book because I need to know what the hell is going on! (I’m gonna be monitoring your FB time, young lady.) 😉
Like I said, this is my kind of book. Little bit of everything cool, dark, violent, and real. Five stars from me.
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