Title: There Will Be Lies
Author: Nick Lake
About: Shelby Jane Cooper’s world is the town of Scottsdale, Arizona, where she’s home-schooled, hits balls at the batting cage, visits the library, and sees The Boy. Life in her city in the desert is one big routine, like ice-cream-for-dinner Fridays: normal.
But in four hours, she’ll be struck by a car, and that’s when normal ends.
Barely recovered from the accident, Shelby is inexplicably whisked away by her mother—away from the hospital, her home, and everything she loves—on a manic road trip to the Grand Canyon.
Shelby’s mother says that everything’s fine. But with mile after mile falling fast behind them, Shelby starts to question everything she knows about her life and tries to piece together what’s real, what isn’t, and who she can ultimately trust.
My Thoughts: I was very surprised by how good this book is. The writing is fantastic, and the story had me hooked right off the bat. One thing I really liked was that typography was used to “illustrate” the book in many ways. It’s hard to describe, but you’ll get it if you read it. It reminded me in many ways of a novel in verse, except that it’s mostly a basic novel written in the usual format — except in some parts.
The book is told in first-person from Shelby’s perspective. And I just loved her voice. She’s sarcastic, honest, witty, and fun to read. Oh, and she’s your typical teenager — snarky and prone to exaggeration (things taking 4,280 years, and whatnot). It’s a hoot to read! She, as a character is very sympathetic. I found myself rooting for her from start to finish.
My only complaint is that this book is highly predictable. I don’t think there were any surprises in it for me. I figured out the truth pretty early on, and the Dreaming’s purpose was also very easy for me to figure out on my own. While there’s some satisfaction in being able to shout, “I knew it!” while reading, it’s also somewhat disappointing to have it all figured out from pretty close to the very beginning.
Despite the obviousness, I still found this book hard to put down. I felt for Shelby. I loved her voice. And this is a very well-written book. If it wasn’t for the predictability factor, this would’ve been a 5-star book.
Source: Received through Around the World Tours for review.
Read It: There Will Be Lies is scheduled for release around January 6, 2015. You can pre-order your own copy via Amazon or Book Depository. (These are affiliate links, and purchase through either link will result in my receiving a small commission at no cost to you. Your support is appreciated!)
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