Matthew has loved Ariel from the moment he found her in the tunnels, her bee’s wings falling away. They live in Safe, an underground refuge for those fleeing the city Above—like Whisper, who speaks to ghosts, and Jack Flash, who can shoot lightning from his fingers.
But one terrifying night, an old enemy invades Safe with an army of shadows, and only Matthew, Ariel, and a few friends escape Above. As Matthew unravels the mystery of Safe’s history and the shadows’ attack, he realizes he must find a way to remake his home—not just for himself, but for Ariel, who needs him more than ever before.
Very rarely do I give up on a book. I have huge issues with not finishing a book. So, when I do force myself to put it down it’s a pretty big deal. In fact, I’m pretty sure the last book I refused to finish was by Keri Arthur, and that was like two years ago.
I don’t even think that I made it half way through Above. I think that I made it a little over 100 pages before I had to set it down. I was just so confused. I entered this unique world where absolutely no background information was given. It seemed as if I was just supposed to accept everything that was going on without really understanding it. Not only that, but I felt as if that book jumped all over the place, which made it really awkward to read.
It took me quite awhile to realize that the main character was male. I don’t know what it says for the story, but the main character was very feminine, so I just assumed it was a female. I was wrong. The main character IS a male. Once I figured this information out the story became even more awkward because, as I said before, the main character comes across as a female. This has never actually happened to me before. It was a really big struggle for me to attempt to get over it.
My copy of this book is an Advanced Readers Copy. However, I don’t think that there will be much difference between the ARC and the finished copy. There were a lot of Capitalized words that I think the author meant to capitalize for emphasis, but should never have been capitalized. It was really just very difficult to read.
Overall, I did not like this book. It was just really hard and confusing to get through. I wish that Leah Bobet had spent a lot more time describing this new world and giving more background information. Because the book lacked this information, the book was really difficult and boring. Who wants to read about something that they don’t understand? I will not be finishing the book, nor will I be reading any more in the series. I would not recommend this book. If you do read it, though, I hope you enjoy it more than I did.
Publication Date: April 1, 2012
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Rating: [rating: 0.5]
Teaser Quote: “Healing’s not always natural, she says. Healing’s not always the way a body wants to go. Sometimes the body wants to run. Sometimes it can’t think of anything but what might stop the pain. And though stopping the pain’s important if you want a body healing, it isn’t the whole. Sometimes that just keeps you broke.”