Tavia Michaels is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed her parents. Read more...
Tavia Michaels is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed her parents. When she starts to see strange visions of a boy she s never spoken with in real life, she begins to suspect that there s much about her past that she isn t being told.
Tavia immediately searches for answers, desperate to determine why she feels so drawn to a boy she hardly knows. But when Tavia discovers that the aunt and uncle who took her in after her parents' death may have actually been responsible for the plane crash that killed them--"and that she may have been the true intended victim"--she flees for the safety of Camden, Maine, where the boy she sees in her visions instructs her to go.
Now, Tavia is on the run with no one to trust. "No one, that is, except for her best friend and longtime crush, Benson."
Tavia feels torn between the boy who mysteriously comes to her at night and the boy who has been by her side every step of the way. But what Tavia doesn't know is that "the world is literally falling apart "and that to save it she will have to unite with the boy in her visions. Only problem? To do so would mean rejecting Benson's love. And that's the one thing Tavia Michaels swore she'd never do."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-05-20
- Reviewer: Staff
Pike (the Wings series) opens a new series with a plane crash, and soon lays out more themes popular in recent YA—inexplicable survival, loss of memory, an unknown stalker, apocalyptic showdown, and the protagonist’s transcendent secret identity. Tavia, the 18-year-old survivor, is in rehab and finishing her senior year online. She has time to look at the world with attentive eyes, and what she sees is often unnerving: glowing triangles on the historic houses of Portsmouth, N.H., or pedestrians who flicker. She tries to attribute these visions to the brain injury she sustained in the crash, but she can’t dismiss the stalker with a blond ponytail so easily. Nor do the important people in her life—Elizabeth, an uncannily insightful therapist, and Benson, a sympathetic library intern—encourage her to ignore the growing strangeness. Though Pike’s plot points may riff a little too blatantly on the zeitgeist, her solid writing, particularly in her descriptions, will have readers hooked. Tavia’s low-tech revelation via ChapStick works better than any superbattle to convey what’s at stake in her life and choices. Ages 12–up. Agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (July)