I would like to thank NetGalley and Skyscape for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy, Teens & YA
It’s never wise to talk to strangers…and that goes double when they’re dead. Unfortunately, seventeen-year-old Anna Morgan has no choice. Resting on a park bench, touching the turnstile at the Metro station—she never knows where she’ll encounter a ghost. These mental hitchhikers are the reason Anna has been tossed from one foster home and psychiatric institution to the next for most of her life.
When a chance touch leads her to pick up the insistent spirit of a girl who was brutally murdered, Anna is pulled headlong into a deadly conspiracy that extends to the highest levels of government. Facing the forces behind her new hitcher’s death will challenge the barriers, both good and bad, that Anna has erected over the years and shed light on her power’s origins. And when the covert organization seeking to recruit her crosses the line by kidnapping her friend, it will discover just how far Anna is willing to go to bring it down.
I was hooked immediately. Nothing like hearing more than one voice inside a character’s mind to get me obsessed.
The book kicks off with Anna shivering in the cold. Freezing from a too small jacket and clutching onto the heat of a bad cup of coffee in her hand. She has a message. A message for Mr. Porter from a girl named Molly, his granddaughter. Only problem? Molly is dead.
The characters are so real. I immediately fell in love with Anna. She has such a sweet voice but at the same time, she doesn’t take nonsense. She has been getting stuck with ghosts,”Hitchers” as she calls them since she was a baby and as you can imagine this has given her a very tough skin. She can pick Hitchers up at any time since ghosts hang out by places that have their last happy memory. She will help where she can but she is not a pushover.
Metaphor for explaining how I feel about this book:
I would like you to refer to the next clip to understand my metaphor.
The yellow adorable creature is called Cheese. Cheese really likes chocolate milk and you guessed it, cereal. I will be like Cheese this month. I will jump out of people’s closets and yell:
“I like the Delphi Effect!”
I will walk into a silent library and whisper
“I like the Delphi Effect”
I will write on my exam paper
“I like the Delphi Effect”
I will stand on a mountain and yell, “I like the Delphi Effect!” and the words will echo through the mountains.
The story is fast paced and from the first page, it’s a race to get to the finish line. Be swept up by a gripping investigation story, be filled with awe by all the special abilities you find yourself surrounded with. But mostly be prepared to be offended when the book ends because you will not be ready to let go yet.
Lucky for us we have two more books to go.
What I liked:
I loved the element of super powers in the story. And the unique way they were hosted and used.
What I did not like:
One of the villains in the story immediately has an intense hatred for Anna. It was never explained why. That is one thing I would like to be explored further in the series.
I predict big things for this book. I believe this book can be nominated for one of the best Young Adult novels of 2016. It is the Divergent of 2016. If you have any fond feelings towards the young adult genre this book can not be missed. Grab a blanket and get comfortable this is the kind of book that gets finished in one sitting.
5 hitching snowflakes
I was lucky enough to score an interview with the author! Keep an eye out on my page the interview will be posted soon.