This book was a recommendation from a student,but it wasn’t so much for its magnificent quality. I was very intrigued by Jem,  the main character, and her unique gift, the ablity to tell a person’s day of death. This is a major burden as anyone could imagine. She refuses to tell anyone about this “gift” and as an orphan, really refuses to let anyone in, until she meets Spider. You can’t help but root for this relationship but it gets a little graphic for a middle grade read. After witnessing a terrible catastrophe Spider and Jem are on the run. I did not enjoy this book as much as I wanted to. Jem is a difficult character to understand and I feel like she was constantly making the more difficult decision instead of the easy and obvious one. I wanted there to be more to her character development . Nan, Spider’s grandmother was an interesting character that I hoped Jem would confide in more. Perhaps there will be another opportunity for that relationship.  It was a unique science fiction novel that is a part of a trilogy. The ending did leave me wanting more, but not enough to run out and get the next installment. This book only receives three out of five stars for me.


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