From School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-Jules Demarco never knows when or where the vision of the explosion will appear. She's seen it on billboards, windows, the TV at home, and anywhere there is a flat surface. The vision is always the same: a truck running into a building and exploding, then nine body bags laid out. She gets a glimpse of one face-Sawyer Angotti-son of a rival pizzeria-owning family and Jules's secret crush. Not sure what to do, she thinks the first thing is to warn Sawyer that his life is in danger. Too bad her family has forbidden her to talk to him. As the vision appears more frequently, Jules is certain she's supposed to figure out the when and where of the explosion and stop it from happening. In the process, her family believes that she's starting down the same slippery slope her father and grandfather have been on. The story is told from Jules's point of view, which gives readers access to her thought processes and the vision itself. It alternates between seriousness and humor as she describes life at school and working in the family's pizzeria. As with her "Wake" series (S & S), McMann has created a strong female character determined to do what she must. An excellent first book in a new series.-Natalie Struecker, Rock Island Public Library, ILα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Sixteen-year-old Jules Demarco sees a vision, first on billboards and then everywhere: a snowplow crashes into a building causing it to explode, and then there are nine body bags. “It’s like a movie trailer with no sound, no credits. And nobody sees it but me.” Jules’ mission—once she puts aside issues of her own sanity—is to figure out when and where the accident is happening and try to prevent it. Mixed in is a long-standing family rivalry with the Agottis, owners of the other Italian restaurant in town (the DeMarcos live above their restaurant), and Jules’ forbidden love for classmate Sawyer Agotti. The popular author of the Wake trilogy and Cryer’s Cross (2011) will please her large fan base with this readable mystery, which has suspense, romance, and strong supporting characters in Jules’ siblings, Trey and Rowan. While the plot is a little slow to start, it speeds up enough midway through to ensure readers will be flipping the pages. The unexpected ending will leave many in disbelief and anticipating the second book in the series. Grades 7-10. --Ann Kelley