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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Teen (April 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616951370
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616951375
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,890,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up-Three teens from around the world suddenly find themselves in an abandoned hospital the exact moment that their lives would have ended. Sophie was about to die from cancer in California, Anat was about to be suffocated in a tunnel between Israel and Egypt, and Declan was about to be shot in Ireland. This sci-fi thriller focuses on these young people as they try to make sense of their situations, get to know one another, and struggle to work out how they can get back to their lives-if they possibly can. Strangelets switches point of view frequently and introduces a lot of characters at once, making the start a little bumpy for impatient readers. The complicated but innovative premise falls short, and the pace of the novel jumps from tortoise speed to cheetah and back again a bit too often. Perhaps the biggest surprise of a story that starts with the main characters seconds away from death is that it all comes to a tidy and convenient end. Despite the bumps, Strangelets definitely serves an audience that is chomping at the bit for more dystopian thrillers.-Emily Chornomaz, Camden County Library System, NJα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Gagnon veers from cyber-thriller (Don’t Turn Around, 2012) to paranoid sci-fi with this tale of six multicultural teens (“a postapocalyptic model UN”) who wake up in an abandoned hospital. Each recalls the final moment of his or her normal life: Sophie was hours away from dying of cancer in California; Irish thief Declan was about to be shot in an alley; and Anat was traversing an underground tunnel between Israel and Egypt. So is this purgatory? Not exactly. After they break out of the hospital, they find themselves in a Long Island abandoned by humans but populated by scaly monsters with sharp claws. Perhaps the answer has to do with the heavy ion collider project one of the teens’ fathers had been working on? Much of the book has the feel of a prologue in want of satisfying developments, but it’s still fun watching the kids debate rapture versus nuclear disaster and come to terms with no longer being at the top of the food chain. A fun creature feature with smarts. Grades 8-11. --Daniel Kraus

Customer Reviews

I don't want to give anything away, but seriously!
This book is not what I expected. very disappointed with the ending.
I'm not sure if I really liked any of the main characters.
Kimberly C

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Azul on July 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I am sad not be able to join the sea of good reviews that Strangelets is receiving :-(
I found the story to be annoying, dragging and boring!

The concept of a couple of unrelated teenagers who were about to die traveling thru a black hole to meet in another place/world was... interesting, at first. I became tired of the constant introductions: "who are you? Why are we here? Why are you doing this to me? Where are we?"

I also grew bored of the sense of danger that never amount to anything: "what was that noise? Did you hear that? Wait! I saw a shadow! Oh my god! Oh my god! What was that thing?"

That kind of suspense didn't work for me. It reminded me of The Darkling by R.B. Chesterton were things wanted to happen but never did. Strangelet was moving too slow trying to generate suspense, and then the end became abruptly.

- The different POV were all about the same.

- The dialogue kept repeating itself.

- The diary/journal part was... what was that really? Why was that even there?

- Monsters/creatures were trying to eat them and that was that. They were there because... well, an empty world wouldn't had been fun, I guess.

- The explanation time traveling was okay; quantum physics can never go wrong! But the ending... the ending people!

*****Spoil alert: stop reading if you don't want to know how this book ends *******

After all they go through in this other world, a simple push of a button on a freaking machine sends them back to the present. Really, that's IT?

Sophie: She wakes up back in the hospital , but she is no longer dying. Her cancer was cured (god only knows how or why).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By xjessirae on April 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon was definitely a strange and creepy read. It wasn't exactly the most thrilling, but it certainly invoked much curiosity and wonder. It's very hard to describe exactly what type of book this was, but I loved all the elements that Gagnon twisted into it.

It's very rare for me to read let alone enjoy a book that has three point of views going at once, but I thought Gagnon did an incredible job with this. Each character had an outstanding voice that was powerful and thorough throughout the book. Sophie, who was on the verge of dying from lymphoma, but was a quiet yet resilient character. She was kind, caring, and thoughtful. She seemed like the weakest out of all of them, but it was clear that Sophie was strong, rational, and able to make quick and last minute decisions where it mattered most. Declan was my favorite out of all three because he was just clever and a very funny character. He was very capable, resourceful, and could think on his feet. He was nice, smart, and knew how to survive. He definitely gave the book a light touch. Last, but not least we have Anat. She was the ultimate fighting survivor who never gave up. She was a little harsh, tough, and not really approachable, but the girl had guts. She was probably the bravest of them all and was able to stand on her own no matter what. All three of these characters were so different, coming from different countries but they managed to band together and make a ragtag, sometimes dysfunctionally cooperating team.

Gagnon did a great job of describing the world with the destroyed buildings, piled up cars, the immense amount of trees and wildlife and even the gross creatures that lurked around. All of this was described in great detail.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa on May 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon
Publisher: Soho Teen
Publication Date: April 9, 2013
Rating: 3 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

17-year-old Sophie lies on her deathbed in California, awaiting the inevitable loss of her battle with cancer...

17-year-old Declan stares down two armed thugs in a back alley in Galway, Ireland...

17-year-old Anat attempts to traverse a booby-trapped tunnel between Israel and Egypt...

All three strangers should have died at the exact same moment, thousands of miles apart. Instead, they awaken together in an abandoned hospital--only to discover that they're not alone. Three other teens from different places on the globe are trapped with them. Somebody or something seems to be pulling the strings. With their individual clocks ticking, they must band together if they're to have any hope of surviving.�

Soon they discover that they've been trapped in a future that isn't of their making: a deadly, desolate world at once entirely familiar and utterly strange. Each teen harbors a secret, but only one holds the key that could get them home. As the truth comes to light through the eyes of Sophie, Declan, and Anat, the reader is taken on a dark and unforgettable journey into the hearts of teens who must decide what to do with a second chance at life.

What I Liked:

Well, this book was quite the change from what I've been reading recently! When I signed up to be part of the tour, I took one look at the synopsis, and knew that it would be different from what I was used to. I don't read a lot of mystery or suspense thriller books.
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Michelle Gagnon is a former modern dancer, bartender, dog walker, model, personal trainer, and Russian supper club performer. Her bestselling thrillers have been published in North America, France, Spain, Argentina, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Australia. BONEYARD was a finalist for a 2009 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. The first book in her Young Adult PERSEFONE trilogy, DON'T TURN AROUND received four starred reviews and was an IndieNext and Junior Library Guild selection. Nominated for a Thriller Award, it was also chosen as one of the best YA novels of 2012 by Kirkus, the American Library Association, and the Junior Library Guild.
Michelle splits her time between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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