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Release Date: April 9, 2013
Publisher: Soho Teen
Genre: YA Paranormal/Sci-Fi
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Sophie, Declan, and Anat are all very differently people from different locations. But they both were about to die at the exact same time and then were sucked into a vortex/portal/whirlwind hole?! They wake up in a hospital or at least that is what it looks like. There are six kids total and they see no way out. The group must work together to escape and figure out what is happening. Where are they? What happened? Who put them there? Can they trust each other?
For most of the book I really had no idea what was happening to them. I had many theories...purgatory, psychology experiment, scientific experiment gone wrong, natural disaster, alien invasion, a dream, or a million other things. I actually don't even want to talk much about the plot too much because the fun part of the book was discovering each shock with the characters. There were so many twists and crazy things happening! It was really creepy at times.
Sophie was a sweet girl. She was weak from being sick but she held in there. Declan was charming and good looking and took care of Sophie. There wasn't much romance, which was the way it should be since the characters were busy dealing with a lot of crazy but I liked the way Sophie and Declan grew closer and looked out for each other. Anat was the snarky badass. The story follows these three but they also meet Nico, Zane, and Yosh at the hospital when they wake up. I didn't really trust the other three since the book doesn't follow their POV and the plot was so cray cray I didn't trust anything! This was a crazy, mysterious, creepy, mind boggling story!
I couldn't really pick out any quotes for this one because all the good ones were too spoilery of what is going on. The excerpt I picked is from near the beginning when they all wake up in the hospital and are trying to figure out where they are and why.
They all stared at each other for a moment.
“Hallo,” he said to break the silence. “Is this the way out, then?”
The taller girl stepped forward, crossing the threshold. Stunning, Declan thought, but scary. Her demeanor reminded him of a rhino debating whether or not to charge. As she advanced with a murderous look in her eye, the boys stepped back in unison.
“No,” the Japanese girl said quietly. “We thought this was the way.” The taller girl threw her a sharp look. “Quiet, Yosh.”
“I said, be quiet!” She turned back to them, her eyes narrowing. “We want to leave.”
“Shocking, that,” Declan laughed. “Something we have in common, then.” He stepped past her and extended a hand to the Japanese girl. “Pleased to make your acquaintance. Declan Murphy.”
Yosh shook hands, then turned to the other two boys. Zain’s mouth opened and closed several times without producing a word. The Swiss boy interceded, saying “Nico Bruder,” with a brusque nod. “And this is Zain.” “Enough!” the tall girl growled. “How do we get out?”
And here’s the rest of the asylum, Declan thought. Out loud he said, “We were hoping you could tell us. Not this way, I’m guessing?”
The tall girl’s eyes narrowed. “You know it isn’t.”
“I know nothing of the sort,” Declan said. “Was stuck in a shite room for hours, until I finally broke out and met these lads. Then while we’re sitting around gabbing, a siren goes off and the doors finally pop open.” “It’s true,” Zain piped up. “There are just three hallways and six hospital rooms over here. No exits.”
“And there are only the three of you?” “Yes,” Nico chimed in. “Are you two alone?”
“Alone, but able to defend ourselves,” she declared. At that, Declan had to laugh. “That’s just brilliant. We’re stuck here, no way out on either side, and you’re worried about us? Do we strike you as a dangerous lot?”