Daisy and Henry are best friends, and they know all each other s secrets Or, so Daisy thinks, until she wakes up one morning to find that Henry and his family have disappeared without a trace Daisy suspects Henry s disappearance is connected to their seriously awkward meeting the night before, but then she finds a note from Henry, containing just the words SAVE ME DDaisy and Henry are best friends, and they know all each other s secrets Or, so Daisy thinks, until she wakes up one morning to find that Henry and his family have disappeared without a trace Daisy suspects Henry s disappearance is connected to their seriously awkward meeting the night before, but then she finds a note from Henry, containing just the words SAVE ME Deeply worried, Daisy convinces her unemployed brother to take her on a rescue mission into the California mountains As they begin to home in on Henry s exact location, they also start to find some disturbing clues clues that call into question everything Daisy believes she knows about her friend Why is he so hard to find What kind of trouble is he in, exactly And most importantly, who is actually saving who
This was a surprising little book. I picked it up on a whim and then proceeded to read it in one evening. It ended up taking a very strange turn, and became something I wasn't expecting at all. But it was unlike anything I've read before and I had a good time reading it.
This review was originally posted on It Starts at Midnight Let us take a minute and look at how pretty the cover is. And intriguing! Then add in the synopsis, and wow, I am needing answers. Now, kindly forget all of those things and open the book. Let's start with Daisy, because I liked Daisy. She's funny, and relatable. Like, if I were her age, I could see us hanging out on weekends or something. She was a good narrator for the book, because she's equal parts appropriately freaked out and re [...]
This book was a strange amalgam of subgenres. I don't want to list them all as some are spoilers, but I went in expecting a quirky contemporary, then I thought I was getting a mental illness book or maybe gritty contemporary and then the story turned out to be something else altogether.Maybe it was my constantly changing expectations, but in the end I just didn't find this a satisfying read. It seemed like the characters were also never quite sure what kind of story they were in, and not in a go [...]
This book is one of those genre-bending stories that doesn't seem like it's trying to be so many things at once: it just is. I started this as soon as it arrived in the mail, and it just dragged me in. It isn't action-laced or one of those adrenaline-junkie type of plots, nor is it boring. The best-friend romance was a plus, too, as I adore best-friend romances (especially when they're done right, like this was).This book was like a slice of life handed to me with a drizzle of the imaginative on [...]
Daisy Cruz is used to her best friend Henry skipping school for unnecessary sick days. What she isn't used to is Henry not answering her texts and his entire family disappearing without notice.At first Daisy thinks maybe is has something to do with their last awkward encounter. But the longer Henry is missing, the more Daisy worries--especially when she finds a note on Henry's desk that says "Save Me." Was it a sudden relocation because of witness protection? An alien abduction? Something even l [...]
First of all, I absolutely like the cover. It's so beautiful. Now to the review, I liked this book, but that's about it. I liked what a quick read it was, and I liked how different it was. Usually, when there's a book dealing with these kinds of situations, the usual protagonist is in the midst of things, but in this book, you have the protagonist not in the middle of the problems, but away. You don't get much on the panic in the cities and how most people are surviving. Instead, you get the pro [...]
Jskfkfjagkdssticjed Ugh.Ok so before I start, thanks to Raincoast Books for providing me an eARC of this book to review. All opinions are my own.So I didn't know what to expect from the synopsis of this book. Actually, that's a lie. I thought I was getting a gripping thriller about a girl who saves her kidnapped friend.WRONG!This book was about doomsday preppers.Now, this is not the sort of book I would have picked up normally. And I know why.Aside from the ridiculous idea of the 'Madagascar Pla [...]
The cover art is beautiful, however the story was a big miss.I didn't feel or see any chemistry between Daisy and Henry, as friends or something more. I hated all the parents in this book. They were all mean and unpleasant. I didn't even know Kyle liked Daisy until he wanted to make her a blanket, and then all of a sudden kissed her. I wasn't expecting a quarantine type of story, and I almost wish this went in a different direction. I'm all about apocalypses and stuff like the too, but this stor [...]
I'm going to end up talking about the plot in this review, which I actually can't do without spoilers. The thing is that the summary of the book doesn't even tell you what it's really about. So while technically, my review will have spoilers, I do believe that readers should know what the book is really about. Proceed with caution.I've seen a lot of reviews upset about the direction the book went in. I read these reviews before getting the book, so I knew exactly what I was getting into. It was [...]
I'm going back and forth between giving this three stars or four stars, and I'm thinking I'll give it four to offset all the two and three star reviews for the book. The problem with this book is that it is essentially two stories in one, and the one you read in the blurb is only the first half. I wouldn't take the novel at face value; if anything, I would say there is a good chance someone will underestimate how much there is to this.With that being said, it's a slow moving novel. It's characte [...]
Wel the prologue was misleading. This isn't about her finding Henry, it's about what happens when she does. So Henry's family are crazy preppers and they believe the end of the world is coming. At first I thought they had lost their dang minds and were overreacting, but turned out they weren't completely wrong. There is a plague.The story revolves around what happens after Daisy joins joins them at their "bugout" camp.The Dunklers are a family that was supposed to be getting this home ready. Ima [...]
When I read MS and YA books, I do so with the mindset of will my students like the book and read it all the way to the end. Even though I didn't like everything about the book, I think middle school readers will like it.There is plenty of mystery and suspense. I think the story drug a bit after Daisy reaches the compound and realizes what is going on. The adults and the twins were totally unlikeable. I thought they were too big to still be in diapers. And where did the diapers come from, dispose [...]
It's not going to get better. I award this book the "MOST BORING BOOK OF 2015" award. An implausible premise tops it off. The writing is fine but not special, but it's going nowhere fast and I am officially DNFing on page 108. This one is pretty awful.
I dove into this book and didn’t come up for air until I hit the very end, closing the book with a satisfication that I hadn’t done in an age. While there were books that I had liked here and there, there hasn’t been one that I really *clicked* with, and this book did it for me. It was all about surviving out in the wild, a trope that I really love, and learning how to get on after the fall of humanity. I saw where this book was going when the first few classmates that Daisy had started si [...]
Well. WHAT THE HECK?!??!?!? The summary of this book is:"Henry Hawking is 16 years old, brilliant, funny, and sly-and now he's gone. In his room, she finds a note that pleads, SAVE ME. Desperate to find Henry, Daisy follow his trail deep into the California wilderness. What she finds there makes her wonder if she ever knew Henry at all and if her world will ever be the same."After reading this summary, I falsely believed this book would be quite good. I was expecting maybe a mystery, maybe a bit [...]
This book was 100% not what I expected. I thought it would be a mystery story about a kidnapping or a weird cult. Spoilers: instead it's about doomsday preppers complete with a decontamination bunker and a super creepy family with a ton of kids who sadly fit every stereotype you can think of. Plus, the preppers are not that great at this whole doomsday thing. They make odd decisions that seem way out of character for people while spend their lives preparing for the end of the world. The story ha [...]
This book was not my cup of tea. I found the blurb was very misleading. I picked up the book thinking that it would be about someone hunting Henry and his family but no, his family are doomsday preppers and they have run away in fear of a pandemic. We found this out in the first few chapters, which destroyed any sense of suspense. The characters got on my nerves more often than not. I found them and their choices to be annoying and stupid at times.I feel like there was a lot of nothing in the bo [...]
I like the PREMISE of this book, and I even liked the ending. I just wish she had done it in a way that it didn't feel like a waste of my time by the time I got to the end.I liked the main character, but the main dude I found especially annoying, along with the creepy side characters who didn't get nearly enough fleshing out, imo. This could have been so great! Instead I was left feeling like it was half-baked. What a bummer. I might give her writing another try though, because I did like the pr [...]
This was not what I was expecting at all. But this book had a very interesting concept. A new kind of plague? Very different and interesting. It was nice to have an outlook of what a prepper does in order to survive a large disaster like the Mad Plague pandemic. It was so interesting that I couldn't put it down. The reason for only four stars was because of the adults. They were all assholes. Yes, I understand that they had to be organized and have a strict system in order to stay alive, but tha [...]
What in the world did I just read? What was the point of that? What was the goal? What was the message? There were like five different ways the story could have gone and actually Done Something with the setup, but instead it veered off the path, sputtered, and died in the grass. Geez Louise. Also, my child, you can do SO MUCH BETTER than Henry. Up your standards, girl.
This was so weird. But I still loved it? The characters were really well done and complex. The mystery was also super intense and the suspense it kept me in until it was solved pretty early on made me continue reading. Even after we know what's happened to Henry the human drama of it all kept me engaged.
(I abandoned this book as I drew closer to the end. I didn't like the characters, they were bland. The plot wasn't interesting to me either. I don't like the fact that the "end of the world" is some sort of disease. What the heck?)
This book had a very exciting plot to begin with and then it became duller. The ending was not as exciting or good as the rest of the book. The idea is interesting but I don’t think it was fulfilled to its potential. Besides this it was a fun read!
I liked this book for the most part. The main male character was very flat - so much so that I can't really remember his name. I loved Daisy and her voice. Overall, good, but I wanted more depth.
Very good and intresting book.
the end really you can add so much more
YA dystopian--and not a good example of the genre. Just say no.
This book was a quick read and very enjoyable. Although the main events were predictable, the book had funny and heartfelt moments.
Wow. I didn't expect this book to develop like it did. Really, really good.
First half: goodSecond half: weird and not so good