Some call VisionCrest the pinnacle of religious enlightenment. Others call it a powerful cult. For seventeen years, Harlow Wintergreen has called it her life.
As the daughter of VisionCrest's patriarch, Harlow is expected to be perfect at all times. She must be considered a paragon of integrity by the other Ministry teens and a future leader in the eyes of the world.
Despite the constant scrutiny Harlow is keeping a dark and dangerous secret, even from her best friend and the boy she loves. She hears a voice in her head that seems to have a mind of its own, plaguing her with violent and bloody visions. It commands her to kill. And the urge to obey is getting harder and harder to control....
Paperback, 312 pages
Expected publication: March 8th 2014 by Flux
Genre: Young Adult/Sci-fi/horror
* I won an advanced readers copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.*
I have to start out by saying that this book was not what I thought it was going to be when I first started reading it. After reading the synopsis I was thinking it was about a girl with schizophrenia. A logical deduction (or so I thought) when I think of voices in your head. Boy was I wrong! Instead I soon found out that it was more of a Sci-fi, horror story with a side of cult religion and a dash of teenage romance. Was I disappointed? Not really...perhaps a little sceptical but as I turned the pages I found I needed to know what was going to happen.
This book is geared to the young adult audience and is written in a language that they can easily relate to. The characters are also easy to relate to and likeable (with the exception of gashing out eyes) and it is a quick and easy read. There is some descriptive gore but no sexual content (beyond kissing) which makes it appropriate for the younger readers of this genre.
The book really picked up steam in the last few chapters with a lot happening and ended with me screaming "WHAT". I am hoping that it is not subject to interpretation and that it indicates that there will be a sequel in the making. Although I am sometimes reluctant to pick up this kind of book I found myself liking it and wanting to know what happens next. If there is a sequel planned for the future I will probably buy it. I think younger readers will probably love this book.
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