Age Group: Young Adult
Date Published: February 19, 2013
Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.
Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways…or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.
In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.
O.M.G. This book was addicting. I seriously read it in under 3 hours. I just couldn't put it down. I loved the darkness in it, and the scary relationship between Annie and Fia (Fia was my Very Favorite). Their bond reminded me of that between Sam and Dean - dangerously codependent. Fia plays the part of older sibling, even though she's younger, because her sister is blind, and it's such and interesting dynamic.
To be quite honest, I hadn't expected to like this book. I've heard a lot of not-so-great things regarding it, and I just figured I wouldn't like it. I should have known I would, since I loved Paranormalcy, and it's written in a similar style. Minus the fact that one of the main POVs hates herself and is angry all the time (Fia).
It starts off with the girls at their parents' funeral (when they're much younger), and then goes to Fia (now) realizing she can't kill the guy she's been sent to. Every other chapter is in the present, and the rest take place in the past. Between the two, we slowly learn how Fia and Annie ended up trapped by people who use them for their powers. Fia has perfect instincts and Annie sees the future. Fia's used as a sort of hit-man (or girl, for that matter, as she's only 17) by this group called the Keane Foundation (I'm pretty sure Kiersten named them after the band and that makes me like this book so much more), but Fia hates to kill people more than anything. Corporate espionage? Fine. Blackmail? Fine. Murder? Not so much. She does what she's told, though, because she's worried they're going to hurt Annie.
I liked Fia way better than Annie. Fia was dark and daring and kinda crazy, while Annie was emotional and very parent-like. I found that a little ironic, as Fia was the one who took care of Annie, while Annie sat in her prison/apartment and worried about her. There's this guy named James, who has a very complicated relationship with the sisters. Annie hates his guts, while Fia likes him a little too much. He's dark and complicated like Fia, so I really liked him. I also liked the other main guy, Adam, because he was dorky and lanky with big ears and gray eyes. It's weird that I like Adam, because I personally don't typically like the nice guys, but he's very likeable. I mean, I want Fia with James because they both scare me and its kind of awesome, but I like reading about Adam.
Overall, this book was awesome. I couldn't put it down and I can't wait for the next book!