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Blackbird Hardcover – September 16, 2014

3.3 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Blackbird Duology Series

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Gr 9 Up—Fast-paced second-person narration places readers squarely in the head of an amnesiac teen girl who only knows that she has a blackbird tattoo on her wrist and that someone is trying to kill her. Quickly adopting the nickname Sunny, the main character soon finds herself framed for theft. Not trusting the police, she manages to find sanctuary among a group of wealthy Los Angeles teens. Romantic tension builds between the protagonist and Ben, her rescuer. Sunny soon discovers abilities she didn't know she had: being able to dodge assassin's bullets and also excelling in close hand-to-hand combat when cornered by pursuers. Tantalizing flashes of memories, along with clues from her assailants, reveal that Sunny is a family-less teen runaway who depended on a handsome friend to survive the rigors of being hunted by the jaded elite. Plenty of plot twists will leave readers guessing as to who is trustworthy. Inspired by Richard Connell's classic short story, "The Most Dangerous Game," the novel draws to a satisfying close but leaves plenty of room for a sequel.—Madigan McGillicuddy, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Atlanta, GA

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“Tense, taut, and deliciously disorienting, BLACKBIRD kept me guessing at every turn.” (Kass Morgan, NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author of THE 100)

“Told through a flawless second–person narration…This edgy, action-packed thriller gives future genre offerings something to aspire to.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Plenty of plot twists will leave readers guessing as to who is trustworthy.” (School Library Journal)
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Product Details

  • Series: Blackbird (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (September 16, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062299735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062299734
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #881,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By The Three Woods VINE VOICE on September 3, 2014
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A teen wakes up on the tracks of a subway train. In a few moments, she'll be crushed but somehow knows how to protect herself. With nothing more than a backpack, a knife, a scar and a note, "Sunny" has to figure out who she is and why people are trying to kill her. The story is told in first person and is a little jumbled, but it works for the concept that she remembers nothing other than a few snippets of hazy memories. As "Sunny" comes across people and clues, you can't help but try to discover what in the world is going on. And then it hits you, she's being hunted. This is just like Van Damme's "Hard Target" and Schwarzenegger's "The Running Man" - humans are being hunted for sport and she's someone's prey. And not just any human ... teens (cue Hunger Games). Suddenly, it all makes sense -- the abilities she has to keep ahead of the game and the skills she uses to avoid the predator. Someone is taking teens, erasing their memories and setting them on the streets to be hunted in public -- ensuring that they not contact the authorities. You start cheering for Sunny to discover who's behind the game and who she was before her memories were stolen from her. As she meets various characters, you find yourself worrying if they are trustworthy or part of the game. The story did lag in a few places and some sidelines seemed out of place, but I think it was to build up the frustration of the reader much like the frustration of "Sunny" trying to figure out who she is. The tattoo on her arm was what I was most interested in. I spent some time trying to figure out what the letters and numbers represented. The book leaves a trail of breadcrumbs that you have to carefully follow to piece the puzzle together. Like almost every other teen fiction book out there, this one leaves you without closure hoping you'll stay interested enough to read the second book in the series.
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A teenage girl wakes up on train tracks with no memory of a past and no idea how she came to be there. She can't even remember her name. It quickly comes out that she is being chased and that someone is out to kill her. Throughout the book she constantly struggles to find safety and lose her pursuers while getting brief and vague flashbacks of her life. She is trying to put them together to find out why she is in danger and how to get out of it.

This book was different. To start it was in second person which I have never experienced before. "You pick up the dishcloth and begin to wash dishes"..."You move toward him and take his hand in your own"...that was a bit disorienting but I did quickly become used to it and it didn't bother me so much. There isn't a lot of downtime in the book. Sunny (She names herself) is constantly running from danger. I liked some of the people she meets along the way and as the book moves on she does find a person or two she feels she can trust. There was a shocking twist at the end of the book which I never would have figured out so props to the author for that. I don't mind cliffhangers but this book just seems to end. Its a part of a duology so I hate knowing I have to wait over a year for the conclusion.

And I will most likely read the second book. I want to know how Sunny's story resolves. That said, if this was to be a longer series, I may not have been so eager to stick around.
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A girl wakes up on the train tracks with a train baring down on top of her. With only seconds before it hits, she puts her arms down at her side and hunkers down, hoping to survive. Thankfully she does but she has no recollection of who she is, where she is or how she got to the station. She has a backpack with her and a tattoo on her wrist of a blackbird in a box with letters and numbers below it. She doesn't remember getting it nor what it means.

The only thing she knows is that if the police arrives at the train station she will be in trouble. She has to run. Leaving the place she enters a supermarket and literally bumps into Ben. He sees the state of her and offers assistance but she refuses. He gives her his number in case she needs it. She leaves quickly but soon figures out that someone seems to be following her. She tries to lose him but he seems to be at every turn. Who is he and why is he following her, and worse, who is trying to kill her.

With no idea where to go, she turns to the only person she knows. Ben. Can he help her remember and can he keep her alive?

This is the first book I've read that's told in second person, and while it took me a while to get used to it, it kind of works for Blackbird! I admit that at the start I was going to put it aside because it was so odd reading second person, but I'm so glad I didn't! I'm glad I kept reading because the story was amazing!

When the girl wakes up, she is asked her name, which she doesn't know, so she says Sunny. Sunny was a fantastic character. She is thrust into a world with no memory and where people are trying to kill her, yet she is strong, resilient and brave. She gets a few flashbacks but yet she still has no idea what is happening to her.
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When "Sunny" wakes up on railroad tracks in Los Angeles' Grand Central Station, she doesn't know who she is or why she is there. She just knows she needs to run and finds that a woman is trying to kill her and a man is following her. After escaping into a local shop, she runs right into a guy who gives her a ride out of the area. As she further explores a backpack that she found next to her by the rails, she comes across notes which she hopes will help figure out the mysterious tattoo on her wrist. The notebook also contains a telephone number and a quarter, so when she calls the number she gets a bit more information and sets off to find out who did this to her and to get her memory back.

From the first page, this is an intense story full of heart-stopping action and a bit of romance and the fact that it is written in second person just adds to the charm. After deciding she need a name, she picks "Sunny" since it seems the exact opposite of what she is. This story is full of snark and intense moments with a bit of light heartedness to break up what could have been a real downer. The supporting characters are just as strong and I hope to see more of them in the next installment.
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