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How To Disappear Completely [Kindle Edition]

Annika Howells
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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    Book Description

    In Greenwood, fitting in is a matter of life and death.

    Cynical seventeen-year-old Lycia wakes up in the dark, twisted town of Greenwood, unable to remember how she got there. Aside from her mother, who is trapped in a coma-like sleep, Greenwood's only other inhabitants are the hostile and eerily identical students who attend the school.

    Lycia befriends the school outcasts; the eccentric Aster and his shy companion, Meg. Together they discover a trapdoor into a bizarre, dream-like underworld called Bassisha. When the violence in Greenwood escalates to deadly new heights, Bassisha seems like their only hope of freedom. But Bassisha has dangers of its own.

    As madness sets in and reality crumbles, Lycia, Aster and Meg must find a way to escape from a nightmare of their own creation.


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    About the Author

    Annika Howells began writing at the age of four, when she would scribble across the pages of blank notebooks. Her work improved immeasurably once she actually mastered the alphabet. She began writing her first novel, How to Disappear Completely, when she was 16. She subsequently graduated from school, dropped out of university, fell in love and lost her mind. She lives in Brisbane, Australia.

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    • Language: English
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    8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars An engrossing first novel June 13, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    How to Disappear Completely is an exciting fast paced novel. It is suitable for mid teens to adults (with a sense of whimsy). The characters are well rounded and interesting; appealing enough to evoke concern, while still being multi-dimensional and a bit unpredictable. The setting is original and varied. The plot is engrossing, with twists that are unexpected but 'fit' pleasingly. A most enjoyable read from a novelist to look out for in the fututre.
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    4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Overdone Nightmare June 21, 2012
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    The first half of this book is actually pretty good. The characters are well drawn and the storyline is interesting. Unfortunately, as the story progresses, there are an increasing number of nightmare sequences until it is unclear what is "reality" for the characters. Apparently nothing. About halfway through, the plot breaks down, and the story loses cohesion. The ending is weak and contrived. I'm sorry I wasted time reading this.
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    2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Kinda makes you go, "Hmmm?" March 9, 2013
    By Paulie
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    This book took way too long to get going. The last quarter of it was interesting. The first three-quarters of the book dragged and were depressing. I feel that the author could've gotten all of her points together in a much shorter time.
    I kept putting the book down because, well... it dragged and was depressing.
    The last quarter really picked up the pace, wrapped things up, and introduced concepts that could've led to sequels. Unfortunately, the unsatisfying ending quashed the momentum garnered in the final pages.
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    3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Unsettling, absorbing August 16, 2012
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    Living in a dream world isn't always what it's cracked up to be. Reminiscent of the Twilight Zone or perhaps even Nightmare On Elm Street, How to Disappear Completely is a thought-provoking story. I found myself wondering whether I was missing a lot of symbolism, but I don't think symbolism really matters. Though the things that happen to them are hard to relate to, the characters have real stories and real emotions, and I cared about them. That held my attention right to the end.
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    1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Full of horrible violence - without any real point November 19, 2013
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    This is a fairly nasty dystopian novel that begins with some promise but quickly dissolves into an incoherent and violent mess. Lycia, a teenage girl, suddenly wakes up in another world, Greenwood. Her mother is in the next room lying unresponsive in bed. Lycia goes to school which she finds is populated by drone-like automatons all alike. Only two other characters seem to be independent beings - Aster, a nerdy kind of kid with unsuspected fighting skills, a Meg, his lovable but fearful friend. Aster also has a weird younger sister, the sociopathic Dotty, who spends all her time torturing her stuffed animals.

    Then there is Morgan, the queen bee, who is cruel and vengeful and seems to control everything that goes on in the school and indeed in the whole of Greenwood. The city is painted in convincingly post-apocalyptic terms, a dark world falling apart.

    This could have been a good parody of high school or it could have been a horror novel or it could have been science fiction. But it turns into a complete mess after we realize that Greenwood is an invention of Morgan's mind - but she has somehow corralled real people to live in it for her own twisted reasons. Then we learn there are other worlds created by other people and we get to know another one of them which takes on the form of a strange nightclub filled with ghoulish beings.

    The idea doesn't hang together and anyway doesn't tell us anything valuable about our own world and what it might become - which is the whole point of dystopian fiction.

    The final few chapters made painful reading, filled as they were with rape and violence and extended dreamlike sequences full of more violence. I was frankly glad when it was over.
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    1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, not bad *some spoilers* September 23, 2013
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    How to Disappear Completely is a good book, don't get me wrong. I feel like the author has a great idea here and I love the way she sets up the world that the characters live in. I think the four main characters are suitably identifiable and that their personalities are wonderful. After reading the book, I do end up with some questions, though.

    1) The concept of bringing someone else into a world that you've created with your mind is interesting, but that brings to mind the question: if one person can do this, what if the person they're trying to bring into their world is as strong or stronger mentally than the person doing the pulling? Does nothing happen? Does the person being pulled instead pull the first person into THEIR world?

    2) What was Lycia's actual ROLE in the book? She's made out to be the main character in the beginning and things are written from her point of view, but in the end, this wasn't HER story, like I was lead to believe from the first half of the book. I don't mind this kind of thing, but instead of there being a definitive point where the story changed, it just kind of happened, which annoyed me.

    Toward the end, the dialogue got a little repetitive and things got a little too surreal and unexplained for me. And after what happened to Megan, and what she found out about herself, I'm not sure I believe that she would have kept following Aster.

    Overall, though, I really enjoyed the book. The revelation about Lycia and the end of the book made it seem like this was going to be the first in a series, but I'm not sure. I would certainly be interested in reading more.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Strange
    I wont lie, this book was strange. I liked the first part of it, but found the middle to be... disjointed maybe is the right word? And odd. Read more
    Published 16 months ago by Amanda
    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
    I love this book, the story is very catchy.
    i give it five stars beacuse it is the first book i fully read.
    Published 16 months ago by Daniel Jakobsen
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good character-driven story
    The book had a nice steady pace to it. I was constantly engaged with the characters and the action, except that in the beginning I felt like I had seen this plot before. Read more
    Published 18 months ago by K. Kiehm
    5.0 out of 5 stars best kindle freebie i've gotten so far
    definitely worth reading. i had a day off of work and spent it reading this from cover to cover. wouldn't change a thing, especially since it was a freebie :)
    Published 24 months ago by Caitlin
    5.0 out of 5 stars I Disappeared Completely
    Okay, I'm not going to pretend like I wasn't one of those readers who `already knew' where this book was going. Read more
    Published on July 5, 2012 by Little Melanie
    5.0 out of 5 stars HTDC ... I stepped out of my Comfort Zone!!
    How To Disappear Completely was my first journey into a brave new world of urban fantasy fiction. I was intrigued from the very first chapter and still guessing until the very... Read more
    Published on June 24, 2012 by Liz Di Mauro
    5.0 out of 5 stars How To Disappear Completely - Twists and turns everywhere
    I've just finished How To Disappear Completely and although I'm definitely over the target age for this book, I thoroughly enjoyed the journey into the mysterious Greenwood where... Read more
    Published on June 13, 2012 by Shelley Farlow
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    Annika Howells began writing at the age of four, when she would scribble across the pages of blank notebooks. Her work improved immeasurably once she actually mastered the alphabet. She began writing her first novel, How to Disappear Completely, when she was 16. She subsequently graduated from school, dropped out of university, fell in love and lost her mind. She lives in Brisbane, Australia.


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