I have no idea how I managed to read two novels in one weekend, but I did. It was probably that both titles are full of suspense and both involve murder, yet they are two very different books.
The White Darkness: A Novel, by Geraldine McCaughrean, recently won the 2008 Michael L. Printz Award (an award given annually for excellence in YA literature by the American Library Association). It has been a while since I’ve truly liked the book that won the award (since, like, 2004, actually) so I was really pleased that this thriller made it to the top of the heap this year. It’s the story of a girl named Sym, who travels to Antarctica with her uncle, who is pretty much obsessed with the continent and a great scientific discovery he believes he will make. The problem is that he is determined to make that discovery at whatever the cost. Sym is faced with a fight for survival like that of the early Antarctic explorers — will she come out alive?
In Breathe My Name, author R.A. Nelson introduces us to Frances Robinson, a typical teen with a typical life… or maybe not so typical. Eleven years ago, Frances’ biological mother smothered her three younger sisters, and Frances would have been a goner, too, if not for the arrival of a total stranger with extremely lucky timing. Now Frances, who lives in a different town with adoptive parents, seems to be living a normal life. She has a best friend and even maybe a boyfriend, and things are going fine, until she receives a letter from the biological parent who tried to take Frances’ life. Written in alternating chapters of Frances’ first-person narrative and harrowing flashbacks, this novel draws us into Frances’ past, her present struggles in coming to terms with her past, and her fears and hopes for the future.
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