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Disintegrate Paperback – April 12, 2013
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About the Author
Christine Klocek-Lim spends most of her time daydreaming—which isn't much different from what she did as a girl in northeast Pennsylvania, as a college student in Pittsburgh, as a twenty-something technical writer in New York City, and as a young mother in suburban New Jersey. For the past decade or so she's been dream-surfing in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. She's published a pile of romance novels, a few poetry chapbooks, and a bunch of short stories. She's even won an award or two for her verse.
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Emily and Jax are a couple college kids who are, in different ways, running from their past before the action even starts. Emily knows she is exceptional but she doesn’t know why. Her father is gone—or dead—and her mother is lost in a descent into substance abuse and depression. She’s found a friend and a roommate at school, but no answers … until she meets Jax. And, really, if I were to say anything more about him right here, that would be telling. Let’s just say that Jax is surprising, a character who unfolds with the plot, even as Emily wrestles with her love for him and her default mistrust of the whole universe and just about everyone in it.
The magic of this book is that, once Emily and Jax have moved on from timid flirting—that is to say, timid on Emily’s part; Jax has the flirtatious energy of a small dog on a Monster energy drink—to an actual date, the story pretty much explodes into continuous action. Everything past that point is revealed on the rumbling train-without-brakes that this story becomes: character development, plot twists, backstory—all of it happens while the reader is holding onto this book with one hand and trying not to fall off of it.
DISINTEGRATE is a cross-genre book that would appeal to a wide spectrum of readers. There’s some gritty subject matter here. Klocek-Lim does not needlessly reel back or censor herself for the young adult audience, and the protagonists of this book don’t reign in their language for the benefit of readers who actually hear worse than that walking down the halls at their real-life high schools. The characters are both fantastical and authentic—flawed, rather innocent in a sort of dirt-smudged go-to-hell kind of way, and heroic.
The ending has a nice little bow wrapping it up, too—a connection to a critical symbol early in the book. But that bow is just a little … loose—leaving the possibility for more of this tale to be told.
The author's easy flow made the book a wonderful read. I had to keep reminding myself it was meant for YA audience because it never felt juvenile or bored me in a "been there, done that" kind of way...it just brought together all the feelings we go through as humans, and keep experiencing throughout the stages of life. Imaginative and enjoyable...highly recommended to everyone!
The plot thickens and twists as their relationship develops and they discover clues to the origin of these powers . Danger is always seconds behind and only by working together will they survive.
Disintegrate is fun, fast paced, and full of surprises.
Emily has the ability to change matter. Jax also has super powers. Although it’s a secret from many, there are others who know about this. The two of them, along with their parents, have been involved with scientific experiments. These experiments have cost their parents their lives. Now Jax and Emily are on the run from dangerous people who want to capture them.
This book is a fast read. There are many twists and turns since the majority of the novel has Emily and Jax out on the road evading bad guys, as well as learning about their pasts and their abilities. When the book ended I wanted to keep reading. Emily and Jax really grew on me.
I loved Disintegrate! It's written with a quiet, subtle voice that pulls you in. From the first page, you feel like Emily is a friend you've known for years, with a secret that she's only just begun to confide in you. Her ability to rearrange matter amazes us but it's such a part of her that it's inseparable, which only pulls us in closer -- unlike most superheroes, it makes her more human, not less.
Her relationship with Jax is awkward, funny, cool and a powder keg, all those things that drove me nuts back when I was a teenager. The suspense is tight. Every time you think it can't go higher, it does.
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