April 5, 2013
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Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon
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17-year-old Sophie lies on her deathbed in California, awaiting the inevitable loss of her battle with cancer…
17-year-old Declan stares down two armed thugs in a back alley in Galway, Ireland…
17-year-old Anat attempts to traverse a booby-trapped tunnel between Israel and Egypt…
All three strangers should have died at the exact same moment, thousands of miles apart. Instead, they awaken together in an abandoned hospital—only to discover that they’re not alone. Three other teens from different places on the globe are trapped with them. Somebody or something seems to be pulling the strings. With their individual clocks ticking, they must band together if they’re to have any hope of surviving.
Soon they discover that they’ve been trapped in a future that isn’t of their making: a deadly, desolate world at once entirely familiar and utterly strange. Each teen harbors a secret, but only one holds the key that could get them home. As the truth comes to light through the eyes of Sophie, Declan, and Anat, the reader is taken on a dark and unforgettable journey into the hearts of teens who must decide what to do with a second chance at life.
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Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon was a strange read, to say the least. I will admit that I was confused for the longest time. I didn’t really understand what was going on with this group of kids, and don’t really find out until near the end. So for the duration of the read, there was a lot of head scratching and trying to figure out where all of this was leading to.
But I did find myself feeling very anxious for these teens. Can you imagine waking up and finding yourself not where you were last? That’s exactly what happens to these characters. Declan last remembers himself looking down the barrel of a gun in Ireland, and then poof, he wakes up in a strange hospital type setting in America of all places. Sophie was on her death bed, ready to accept her fate when the cancer ate away at her body…but rather than be dead, she finds herself in a different hospital bed, and feeling better than she has felt in the longest time. And Anat…escaping through some sort of underground tunnel in Israel, to secretly be with the man that she loves, only to find herself also in the confines of this institution, surround by teens who seem to do nothing but annoy her!
Along with three others that they find at stranded with them in this hospital (Zain, Yosh, and Nico) the six of them team up to find a way to get out of the building and find their way to their families and loved ones. Unfortunately for some, they are further away from home than they expected. And the world doesn’t seem to be the way that they last remember.
There doesn’t appear to be any other humans around! No matter how far they travel, they don’t come across another living soul. As these kids try to figure out what happened to the world while they were sleeping, it seems that they aren’t quite as alone as they thought. And it also appears that they are being hunted by beings that are nothing like anything they have ever seen. And from the clues that they’ve found during their travels, these beasts will make a quick snack out of all of them.
No family, living breathing monsters, and a world population that seems to have just vanished, will this group of teens ever find out what exactly happened to the world, and what their fate will be?
Of all the characters found in Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon, my favorite would have to be Declan…with his Irish accent and his laugh out loud humor. I always looked forward to hearing what “words of wisdom” would come out of his mouth. But on the flip side, I really couldn’t stand Anat. With her self righteous, greater than thou attitude, I was NOT looking forward to continuing this adventure with her. But she is one tough chick, and her survival instincts are pretty bang on…and I will admit that should I EVER find myself in any kind of similar situation, I would want Anat to be on my side.
Apparently, this group of kids have found themselves in some sort of strange future. Yes, you heard me correctly. Somehow, they have all simultaneously traveled forward in time (20 years or so), but not only have they traveled into the future, they have also traveled into a parallel universe. Strange as it may seem, even reading the synopsis may make this all quite difficult to grasp. Thankfully, author, Michelle Gagnon, does a fantastic job in describing the events happening the book, as well as giving a very believable scientific explanation for what happened and what the consequences were.
So now, the big question really is, will these kids find a way back to their “time”, or will they end up being food for these pig snouted killing monsters who seem to have an appetite for human flesh (eep!).
You’ll have to check out the story to find out for yourself. Fans of time travel, the concept of parallel universes or multi-verses will completely devour this story. In the end, it actually makes you stop and think if any of this is possible. The way in which the events are described in Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon sure makes it seem like this could be true. And that totally freaks me out!
About the Author:
Michelle Gagnon is a former modern dancer, bartender, dog walker, model, personal trainer, and Russian supper club performer. Her bestselling adult thrillers THE TUNNELS, BONEYARD, THE GATEKEEPER, and KIDNAP & RANSOM have been published in North America, France, Denmark, Spain, Argentina, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Australia. BONEYARD was a finalist for a 2009 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.
In September 2012, her young adult debut novel DON’T TURN AROUND will be published by HarperCollins Teen. In May of 2013, her YA standalone STRANGELETS will be released by SoHo Teen.
Michelle lives in San Francisco.
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