This is a fantastic dark take on humanity and it's ability to destroy itself - and our willingness to fight back! Thrilling, well-written and utterly un-put-downable! I enjoyed every page, and it had me right on the edge of my seat. I can't wait for part two!
I saved this as my Summer reading. It's great. Jessica Grace Coleman covers important personal and world issues that affect us all today in a very engaging story. I like the homage to her Little Forest series early on as well. Great job!
I was honoured to be approached by Jessica Grace Coleman with an ARC copy of her latest book The Downfall. As an accomplished YA writer, Jessica manages to get everything right with this latest novel.
A protagonist that we can relate to? Check.
A world that we all know - flaws and all? Check.
A delicious twist or two that keep us guessing? Check.
A cause to champion? Check.
In today's world especially, the strong-willed Scarlett is the embodiment of what we should all aspire to be: someone who will not back down when we are threatened with the end. Her hope in humanity is a hope that today's youth (and even us slightly older folk!) should work to embrace.
'How much more can the world take?' From the moment I read the opening line (see above) I was hooked. What was Scarlett facing; what makes her ask this; and, really, how much more can the world take? It's actually a terrifying question and, again, one that Jessica deals with with confidence and aplomb.
There are times when you want to throttle certain characters, but I think that's all part of the charm of a good book with believable characters! Plus, Jessica weaves different views and beliefs into the thread of the story with ease, making it an almost completely immersive experience for those of us reading on paper.
Off the back of this book, Jessica has set up a charity based on the blog featured in the book:Truth Not Terror. Here you can find an excellent way for us to band together to raise money for three charities that focus on trying to make the world a better place: the British Red Cross Refugee Appeal, Refuge - a Domestic Abuse Charity, and OneFamily - helping Israel's Victims of Terror and War.
With this, Jessica makes it clear that we can do something about it - perhaps not as dramatically as Scarlett Steele - but in her original, quiet way, we can slowly start making a difference in the world around us.
Definitely a 5 star rating from The Forensic Bibliophile as I can't wait to see what happens in the next instalment! Be sure to check out her website for more of her books.