Sunday, March 17, 2013

Hurt by Travis Thrasher

About the Book:

His Rebellion Will Soon Turn to Hope
When Chris Buckley first encountered the mysteries of creepy Solitary, North Carolina, he had little idea how far he would fall into the town’s shadows. After losing the love of his life, Chris tried to do things his way. He hunted answers. Then he gave up trying to find them.
But now Chris comes back to Solitary knowing there’s a purpose for his being there. As he watches his place in a twisted and evil bloodline become clear, Chris waits for the last battle—and wonders who will be left when he finally makes his stand.
The fourth and final book in the Solitary Tales shines light into deep darkness as Chris’s journey to Solitary comes to a dramatic close.
My Thoughts:

Travis Thrasher can write just about anything, and write it well.  This is the final installment in his YA suspense series--more like thriller--and it is a very satisfying ending.

I met Chris Buckley in the first of the "Solitary Tales", aptly titled "Solitary".  His family is a wreck, suffering from the break up of his parents' marriage and the disappearance of his uncle.  But moving to Solitary doesn't seem to be the answer to his problems.

Instead, he finds himself on the outside looking in, misunderstood and judged from the first moments of his arrival.  Travis gives voice to the universal teen angst that haunts the halls of every middle, high and advanced school in America.  He just takes it one step further...

...and creates a sense of creepy, mystery that will have your skin crawling and the lights on late into the night.  Something isn't right in Solitary, and somehow Chris is smack in the middle of it all.

"Hurt" takes all the bread crumb trails Travis has laid out for the reader over the course of the series ("Solitary", "Gravestone", Temptation", "Hurt") and ties them up...for the most part.  But the package isn't neat and tidy since life itself can be messy for the best of us.

Memorable characters and relateable scenes round out the spooky and unnatural, making this YA series a winner in my book.  My kids LOVE the cover art, by the way!  Packaging is excellent for this series.

I received an advance copy of all four novels in exchange for an honest review, all from David C. Cook.  I highly recommend this series to fans of "The Hunger Games", "City of Bones" and all other popular dystopian lit...but it's way better than those other books!

Happy Reading!



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