Friday, February 14, 2014

The Finisher by David Baldacci

The FinisherAuthor: David Baldacci
Publication: March 4, 2014
By: Scholastic Press
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In The Finisher, a 14-year-old girl named Vega Jane lives in a village called Wormwood where the citizens have been told that the forest surrounding them is full of monsters. When Vega's mentor disappears, leaving behind a secret message, she begins to realize that Wormwood is a village built on dangerous lies.

Disclaimer: Review courtesy of my 14 year old son who loves to read but hates to write. I told him that if he continued to swipe books from my ARC shelf, he needed to review them. ;)

The Finisher is about a 14-year-old girl named Vega Jane. She lives in the village of Wormwood, which is surrounded by a massive, monster-ridden forest called the Quag. Vega is a Finisher at Wormwood's factory. Her job is to finish the pretty things that the rest of the workers make. Everything is normal. Then, one day, her fellow Finisher Quentin Herms goes missing into the Quag. The whole town of Wormwood wonders at his motives. The Council in charge of Wormwood says that he's dead, and that the whole town is in danger from a new, never-before-seen threat. But Vega isn't convinced, and searches for answers... 

What I Liked: I got hooked on this book two chapters in, and it never let go. The story itself is fast paced and well written, and the plot is complex with a few twists. Vega Jane and Daniel "Delph" Delphia are instantly likable, and unique. There is lots of action and mystery, complete with a few I-can't-believe-that-just-happened moments. The ending sets this up perfectly for the next book, which, unfortunately isn't out for another year.

What Left Me Wanting More: Besides the suspense? Not very much. But there were a few times after dialogue where I thought to myself, "You can do better than that". Also, a few times I found that I didn't know what was going on (the pacing was a bit too fast) and I had to reread a sentence or two to find out what exactly I missed.

Final Verdict: If I had to rate this, I'd give it a 4.5/5 stars (half a star for the aforementioned too-fast pacing at parts). I really did enjoy reading it, even though I don't usually read MG.

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