Blackbird was a unique thriller in so many ways - told from an unusual viewpoint, written with a deft touch for pace and tension, and just blowing your mind with its unexpected twists and turns. I was not sure what to expect, but I was not expecting such a tense and deftly written thriller that leaves you wondering what you will find when you turn the next page. It is somewhat unnerving and disorientating to not have a name for your character, especially when you are seeing everything through their eyes and the "I" point of view. There are only a small number of people in the story, so it has in intimate feel, and at times it feels like the novel exists in its own little universe or bubble of the world.
There are not that many books for teens that tackle gritty and confronting storylines but Blackbird breaks that mould. There is violence, death, murder, criminal activities, and conspiracies - but none of it is gratuitous, it is well handled and blends seamlessly into the story. While this is an intense story it is also a relatively short one, and intense read that drags you into the story, shakes you around in the plot and then spits you back out on the other side. This is an interesting diversion for Carey as while the overall theme of her Eve trilogy was about a dystopian future with an iron fisted dictator, it was not a particularly violent or grim series - Blackbird is a lot darker and seems less hopeful.
It feels like Blackbird might be the first book in a series, but that said it is also somewhat complete with this first volume - it leaves a few questions but sometimes good books just do that to you. There have been a few grumbles in other reviews about the book being in the second person voice (I, me, I'm) but it didn't bother me and to be honest I didn't;t really notice because the book was just so good and sucked me in so quickly. An interesting, absorbing, and intense read that deserves to be discovered.
If you like this book then try:
- Eve by Anna Carey
- Nowhere by Jon Robinson
- Reboot by Amy Tintera
- Slated by Teri Terry
- Every other day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
- Sister assasin by Kiersten White
- Nearly gone by Elle Cosimano
- Enclave by Ann Aguirre
- The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
- Throne of glass by Sarah J. Maas
- XVI by Julia Karr
- The Hunger games by Suzanne Collins
- The hunt by Andrew Fukuda
- Proxy by Alex London
- Reboot by Amy Tintera
- Altered by Jennifer Rush
- ACID by Emma Pass
Reviewed by Brilla