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Plagued by waking visions and nightmares inexplicably drawn to the bones of dead animals Faye thinks she's going crazy Fast Her parents believe Holbrook Academy might just be the solution Dr Mordoch tells her it's the only answer But Faye knows that something's not uite right about Dr Mordoch and her creepy prisonlike school for disturbed teenagersWhat's wrong with Holbrook goes beyond the Takers sadistic guards who threaten the student body with. I I really have no idea of what to say to this I had this whole speech planned out about how buried deep within Harbinger there was a good book great even dying to come out but clunky writing choppy sentences and pandemic insta love made sure it didn t But that was before I read the last hundred pages of this and now I m like Because I don t I have seriously no idea of what happened here This book was headed on a clear path to disaster and then it suddenly morphed into this confusing mess where some good things stuck out for me but the rest is blurred at best I liked Harbinger I did I mean I still don t think I ve grasped its concept at least not as much as I d be satisfied to but it wasn t awful and it did have its moments I want to stop thinking about it though When I remember it bits and pieces sprint through my train of thought and I just go crazy and ohmygod someone make this stop please

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But fears she may be the causeBecause despite the strangeness of Holbrook and the island on which it sits Faye feels oddly connected to the place she feels especially linked to the handsome Kel who helps her unravel the mystery There's just one problem Faye's certain Kel's trying to kill her and maybe the rest of the world tooA rich and tautly told psychological thriller Harbinger heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice in young adult fictio. aaaaaaallllllrrrriiiiiiggggggggghhhhhhhhhttttttttyyyyy tttttthhhhhhhheeeeennnnnnnsothat didn t make a lot of senseby which I mean that it made absolutely no sense at allIt was all this book meets that movie for some time channelling degradation and bad people who think they re good and crazy people who think they re sane maybe and it was very difficult to keep reading because that kind of stuff is never going to be a bucket of fun but I was interested Yeah I guess I wanted to find out what was going on because I really did not have a fucking CLUE what was up and what was down and why the nightmares and mental episodes and drums and everything anything whateverOh did I mention that this is a dystopian novel Because I sure as hell didn t know that And when I say dystopian what I actually mean is PREACH FEST So you know if you re COMPLETELY NUTS BY WHICH I MEAN OBSESSED TO THE POINT OF IN FREAKING SANE about saving the environment you might appreciate this a little than I did The author has a lot to say about humans raping the world which don t get me wrong is serious business but I don t react well to being bashed over the head with it Repeatedly SorryAnyway I didn t actually get many answers so Or rather I think this book went completely over my head whoosh It was too much And if you ve read it you ll know what I mean It s flap describes it as a rich and tautly told psychological thriller and I very much agree with this in relation to the first half of the book but the second half is just a waste of time as in I still don t know what the fuck s going on but it turns out that I don t really give a fuck so please just fucking end already Fun timesUm on the plus side Sara Wilson Etienne is an excellent writer When you actually focus on what you re reading and stop trying to skim forward to something THAT ACTUALLY MAKES SOME FUCKING SENSE you realize that she has a very beautiful way of saying what she has to say Otherwise the story just rubbed me up the wrong way Waste of my money I sayPS Character development It is severely lacking

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Tasers and pepper spray or Nurse who doles out pills at bedtime and doses of solitary confinement when kids step out of line or Rita the strange girl who delivers ominous messages to Faye that never seem to make any sense What's wrong with Holbrook begins and ends with Faye's red hands she and her newfound friends her Holbrook Family wake up every morning with their hands stained the terrible brown red of dried blood Faye has no idea what it means. First I want to start off and congratulate Etienne with creating a story world seemingly set in reality but with the paranormal influences of Native American myth and tarot cards I really liked the world she created Now I want to preface the rest of my review by beginning with a uote by John Gardner from his The Art of Fiction Notes on the Craft for Young Writers It is this uality of the novel its built in need to return and repeat that forms the physical basis of the novel s chief glory its resonant close What moves us is not just that characters images and events get some form of recapitulation or recall We are moved by the increasing connectedness of things ultimately a connectedness of values To achieve such an effect the writer must rise above his physical plot to an understanding of all his plot s elements and their relationships including those that are inexpressible Gardner 192 3 Like in most creative writing workshops I think it is imperative to start a review with some of the strengths especially if it is going to be a somewhat negative review Strengths include the use of tarot cards and the myth in use surrounding the inhabitants of Maine In addition to this most of Etienne s character descriptions are captivating blue hair etc I also really enjoyed Dr Mordoch as a torturous character I don t want to be unnecessarily cruel because I think Etienne has great potential as a writer and storyteller despite the shortcomings of Harbinger The plot is unnecessarily hard to follow and bogged down with flashbacks that I found myself not caring about I was too involved with the current plot to be too interested in reading the flashbacks and Faye s memories I think that if Etienne is going to have such a myth based narrative the importance of the talismans and their purpose needs to be clear at the beginning In fact the main dramatic uestion of the narrative changes a number of times It starts off as the reader wondering how Faye is going to escape this horrible school that her family forced her to attend Then it switches to why is there blood colored stuff under Faye and her friends fingernails and how are they sneaking out Then it switches again to who Rita is and what is the secret in the Compass Rose I can appreciate a narrative with many uestions within the story but Etienne never really established which uestion was to be the most important I constantly felt like the author would pose a problem to the reader and then we would hear the solution or concerns about that problem while forgetting all about the rest of the uestions in the story Overall I am giving Harbinger 2 Stars I just couldn t stay focused on the text and all the characters except Dr Mordoch seemed too flat I don t want to discourage you all from giving Harbinger a chance because you might have a better experience But I think there are stronger YA novels out there


10 thoughts on “Harbinger

  1. says:

    ”Whether you know it or not each one of you is at a critical turning point If you are willing there is still time to turn back from the terminal paths you have chosen But Holbrook is your last chance In the peace of these woods we can lead you back to society show you how to assimilate nurture appropriate behavior But

  2. says:

    I I really have no idea of what to say to this I had this whole speech planned out about how buried deep within Harbinger there was a good book great even dying to come out but clunky writing choppy sentences an

  3. says:

    I can honestly say that i tried hard to like this book I even tried to like Kel i always tend to like the main guys so what? i tried but i failed miserably There's just nothing in the story that i can relate to Their world was a messed up one which made me feel like this one is a mixture of dystopian and paranormal I usually like those types

  4. says:

    A dark mysterious disturbing disturbing disturbing and beautifully written masterpiece If you start it you won't be able to finish it until you find out what the hell is going on at Holbrook Academy

  5. says:

    I'm so glad I got to read this early I loved it so much I blurbed it Don't you just love the cover?

  6. says:

    First I want to start off and congratulate Etienne with creating a story world seemingly set in reality but with the para

  7. says:

    155 c andrea offermanna story along the lines of lj smith's deliciously creepy dark vision seriesactually it reads as if the

  8. says:

    4 12 starsYes yes yes never judge a book by its cover I know I know But can we just PLEASE sit here for a minute and appreciate that AMAZING artwork LOOK AT IT Sara Etienne's debut novel will knock your socks off I'm serious

  9. says:

    aaaaaaallllllrrrriiiiiiggggggggghhhhhhhhhttttttttyyyyy tttttthhhhhhhheeeeennnnnnnsothat didn't make a lot of senseby which I mean that it made absolutely no sense at allIt was all this book meets that movie for some time channelling degradation and bad people who think they're good and crazy people who think they're sane maybe? and it was very difficult to keep reading because that kind of stuff is never going to be a bucket of fun but I

  10. says:

    I loved this book so much I don’t know where to start Yes I have said I loved a book before but you don’t understand I want to write the Harbinger sonnets sing it love songs and woo it until Harbinger loves me back Take another look at that cover amazing right? You know how I am about covers Harbinger totally lives up to its coverOnce

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