Monday, December 7, 2015

Book Review: Deadfall (Blackbird Duology #2)

Release Date: June 16, 2015
Author: Anna Carey
Publisher: HarperTeen
Length: 256 Pages
Source: Library Audio Book

In the compelling sequel to Blackbird, Anna Carey delivers a gritty and adrenaline-filled story of a girl desperate to escape her mysterious and terrifying assailants. Told in second person, this heart-pounding thriller puts the reader in front of the target.

A week ago, you woke up in Los Angeles with no memory of who you are. The only thing you knew: people are trying to kill you. You put your trust in Ben, but he betrayed you and broke your heart. Now you've escaped to New York City with a boy named Rafe, who says he remembers you from before. But the two of you are not safe. The same people who are after you are tailing Rafe as well. As the chase heats up, your memory starts to return, but your past cannot save you from the terrifying circumstances of your present, or the fact that one wrong move could end this game forever.

With enemies on every side, and not a reprieve in sight, Deadfall will grab readers and refuse to let go. Perfect for fans of the Maze Runner series and the Legend series.



Protagonist: I've debated whether or not to use Sunny's real name for this review as we learn it fairly early on in this book and it's not really super spoilery, but I've decided for the sake of consistency I'll refer to our protagonist as Sunny. When we last left Sunny she had been betrayed by a boy she may have loved and run away to find the boy she knew from her dreams who she has no memory of, but he sure knows her. In this book the stakes are higher and Sunny is a much more take charge character than she was in the first one, and she wasn't exactly a slouch there either. As this book unfolds Sunny learns more about why she was on that island and what exactly the AAE corporation is.  

Romance: So there is a love triangle in this book and I found it rather bold for Carey to write a love triangle into a duology, especially since the actual amount of romance is very small in comparison to the vast amount of the main plot. That being said I did enjoy this love triangle when it is mentioned, but I almost had to groan when I thought the author was going to make the ultimate choice a huge cop out that really had no choice in it at all. There is a choice, sort of, but how this book ends is much more unique than I expected.

World-Building: The plot really sparks up in this book, The first book, or what I can remember of it, had a much more contemporary feel to it and really only had those thriller moments begin about half-way through. This book, however, keeps a good thriller vibe most if not all the way through it. There were many times when I wasn't sure how this book could be as short as it is. There is a lot revealed in this book, it really gets to the roots of what's going on, who's behind it, and how to take them down. There are casualties and not everyone's safe, not even you.

Predictability: So I had this feeling throughout the entire book that one big, and very specific, thing was going to happen. I just couldn't shake the feeling. I won't tell you what it was because I will tell you it doesn't happen. It was something that there was really no foreshadowing for, but for whatever reason I couldn't get the idea out of my head, even until final climax. That being said, on whole the book was pretty unpredictable, of course there were those few things I could predict, but they were the completely obvious formulaic things.

Ending: I really didn't expect this ending. I had actually expected an final climax that involved far more trickery and wit than action and suspense. I did like the ending, it was really incredible and definitely shattered some tropes. There is an epilogue, one that really wraps up a lot of things, not quite everything mind you, however this is probably the only time I'll ever say that even though things are left open and up in the air, I'm not counting on, nor do I feel like I need, a sequel or spin off to explain them. They are things better left to the imagination.


I LOVED this book. I'm sure there will be people out there that are outraged at the ending or how the love triangle was resolved, but I don't care I loved it all. I can't wait to see what else it up Carey's sleeve for her next novel/series!


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