(Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn
338 pages- Young Adult, Fiction, Mystery
June 10, 2014- HarperTeen
I received a digital copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.
Welcome to Gardnerville.A place where no one gets sick. And no one ever dies.
There’s a price to pay for paradise. Every fourth year, the strange power that fuels the town exacts its payment by infecting teens with deadly urges. In a normal year in Gardnerville, teens might stop talking to their best friends. In a fourth year, they’d kill them.
Four years ago, Skylar’s sister, Piper, was locked away after leading sixteen of her classmates to a watery grave. Since then, Skylar has lived in a numb haze, struggling to forget her past and dull the pain of losing her sister. But the secrets and memories Piper left behind keep taunting Skylar—whispering that the only way to get her sister back is to stop Gardnerville’s murderous cycle once and for all.
I really really wanted to like this. Truly I did. Unfortunately, I didn’t end up loving this story as much as I had hoped. I am not really sure what it is that’s not sitting right with me though. It was extremely well written, and I enjoyed the perspective and the mixture of the flashbacks. I guess it was the unraveling of the mystery. For me there was a lot of build up but the ending was a big letdown.
Aside from the disappointing ending, I enjoyed seeing the world through Skylar’s eyes. The world-building of Gardnerville was intricately done, but I find that I still had questions. I found the idea of a town like Gardnerville interesting, but didn’t buy into the execution.
I didn’t really connect with any of the characters, and I can’t say it’s due to lack of knowledge. I can’t say that there was some character growth, but as the mystery becomes clearer the more the reader learns about the characters and the town itself. Unfortunately, there was something missing. At the end of the book, I didn’t care if the characters survived or if they were crazy, I was just glad to have finished.
Again, I am not sure what the disconnection was for me because it was extremely well written.
2.5 Stars **