Tuesday, 22 October 2013

17 & GONE

17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma

Seventeen-year-old Lauren is having visions of girls who have gone missing. And all these girls have just one thing in common—they are 17 and gone without a trace. As Lauren struggles to shake these waking nightmares, impossible questions demand urgent answers: Why are the girls speaking to Lauren? How can she help them? And… is she next? As Lauren searches for clues, everything begins to unravel, and when a brush with death lands her in the hospital, a shocking truth emerges, changing everything.
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Oooh, I loved this book. It wasn't perfect, but it came pretty damn close - a hell of a lot closer than Suma's previous book, Imaginary Girls, did. It's a difficult one to talk about without spoilers, though, so I'll probably need to keep this quite brief.

Lauren is an ordinary teenage girl until she is drawn to a missing poster on a telephone pole. After that, she starts to see the girl from it, Abby, everywhere. And then she starts to see other girls who have gone missing, all of them aged seventeen. As she herself is seventeen, she worries that this means she's going to disappear, too, unless she can help the girls she is seeing.

It has an ending. Quite a good ending, in fact. In her last book, Suma's characters did all kinds of impossible things without an explanation. In this one, however, Lauren does impossible things and by the end, there's an explanation for it. Which was nice. Reading the two books back-to-back means that comparing them is unavoidable, so I'll just say that the writing here is just as stunning as in Imaginary Girls, the characters and the storyline are interesting and engaging, and there's an actual, proper ending. I would highly recommend this book. To everyone. Seriously, go buy it.



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