Synopsis: Ari Selkirk is different. She has neon blue eyes and indestructible silver hair… she also has people trying to kill her. Ari goes on a journey hoping to discover the truth about her past, about her family, only to find that all the women of her line are cursed to die young. Ari’s quest leads her to New 2, the city formerly known as New Orleans, and finds both acceptance and more danger.
Author: Kelly Keaton has always loved mythology and she put it to good use in her first young adult novel. She also writes adult fiction under the name of Kelly Gay.
Location: New 2 has all the same flavour of New Orleans through its architecture and culture, but has the added element of the supernatural. New 2 has mystery, superstitions, beauty, and darkness blended into an intriguing whole. It is set approximately 25 years in the future after a major natural disaster, and has a slight dystopian feel to it.
Character: I adore Violet. She is a slightly strange child that leaves you a bit mystified as to what she is exactly. She is accepting of all differences and will do anything to protect those she cares about. She loves everything from sparkly costumes and feathered masks to her pet alligator and swamps.
Character Development: Ari starts as an ignorant outcast who runs from confrontation and tries to hide her differences, wanting nothing more than to be normal. As Ari makes friends and finds acceptance she finally starts to accept herself, giving Ari the confidence to face (most) her fears. But through it all, Ari is one kick-@$$ character who isn’t afraid to throw a punch, this is no damsel in distress.
Romance: Ari starts to fall for Sebastian, a boy who would also be considered an outcast should he venture past The Rim that separates New 2 from the rest of the States. You want them to get together, but you also fear what it will mean for Ari’s curse.
Ponderings: The end has no closure, but instead sets up for the next book. What will happen next to the outcast kids, particularly Violet? And what of Ari’s father, will she find him?
Quote: It seems fate has chosen our path for us, and it is always the same… unless you can find a way to stop this curse.
The Verdict: I couldn’t put this book down! I can hardly wait for the next novel in this Gods and Monsters series.