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Patchwork Paperback – February 24, 2017
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"PATCHWORK blends myth and mystery in a gripping and electrifying story of time travel, murder, heartbreak and loss, love and hope. Filled with twists and turns that will keep readers guessing, a character whose ability will make them wonder when to next, and an imaginative and fantastical world that will keep them hooked until the very end, this fast-paced, breathtaking read is not to be missed." -Fiktshun
Praise for Karsten Knight's WILDEFIRE trilogy, available now from Simon & Schuster.
"In an era when the young adult paranormal and urban fantasy field is blessed with an abundance of great stories and storytellers, WILDEFIRE is an exceptional standout." -San Diego Union-Tribune
"Knight has created a novel quite different from the coming-of-age/paranormal-teen reads that have glutted the market recently. Ash is a wry and interesting protagonist and the romance and gritty, violent action scenes are compelling." -School Library Journal
"Knight's debut novel is an edgy twist on the magical boarding school theme. It's a fun, well-written, and engaging read with a last-sentence twist."-Publisher's Weekly
"There's introspection here as well as sizzling sexuality, but the novel's strong narrative thrust relies on action, from violent brawls and accidents to encounters with terrifying, supernatural creatures in the redwood forest. A promising first novel." -Booklist
"Knight has written a riveting, original multicultural fantasy. Teens will quickly devour this story and will be relieved to know a sequel is on its way." -VOYA
About the Author
Karsten Knight is the author of the historical mystery NIGHTINGALE, SING, the time-traveling thriller PATCHWORK, and the Polynesian volcano goddess trilogy WILDEFIRE (Simon & Schuster)--though some say his writing career peaked at the age of six, when he completed a picture book series about an adventurous worm. He is a graduate of College of the Holy Cross and earned an MFA in writing for children from Simmons College. Karsten resides in Boston, where he lives for fall weather, bowling, and football season. For more information on Karsten or his books, please visit www.karstenknightbooks.com.
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Renata Lake thought the worst thing that could ever happen in her life had already happened. But when tragedy strikes on prom night, she discovers just how much more she had to lose.
Reeling from the explosion, and the gunfire that followed, that killed her classmates, her friends, her boyfriend, and with no time to process what happened, she finds herself torn from one nightmare reality into another.
Except in this reality the danger to her and her loved ones isn’t over, it’s only just beginning. But unless she can figure out just what is happening to her and find out who or what is behind these violent attacks, she won’t be able to keep her friends safe. And if she isn’t able to defeat her demons, she won’t be able to even try.
Karsten Knight has delivered a unique and suspenseful read with PATCHWORK. His take on both the phoenix myth and the Osiris myth is original and interesting. He introduces key elements to his story in a way that is engrossing. He doesn’t pull any punches, making for a story that is at times shocking and at others heartrending, but he gives it balance with moments that are sweet, romantic, and heart-warming.
And once again he gives readers a strong heroine to root for, crafts a one-of-a-kind world to escape into, and doesn’t fail to surprise.
PATCHWORK is perfectly paced, exceptionally well-written, creative, moving, and incredibly exciting. And is a must for those who are looking for a read that offers a mix of genres, is different, unexpected, nail-biting, emotional.
So let me ask y'all a question Renata herself poses at one point - if you had a chance to relive a year you consider a happy one, but with its shadows and regrets - would you relive it exactly as you remembered or would you try to adjust it for the better?
This is the dilemma Renata faces for much of the book. While being chased through time and space by a masked villain intent on the highest body count they can manage, she relives meaningful moments in her recent past. A big game she flubbed, a visit to a college with her friends, a big night with her boyfriend - all moments wherein the result was a (mostly) happy memory. But Osiris makes her take a longer look at those moments in time. Unintentional as it was, Osiris' murderous game made Renata step back and realize "Sweets stars I messed up".
Yet reliving those moments in reverse, remembering the outcome and knowing the other person may not...it does wear on you.
So thank God she had a villain chasing her to keep her head in the game. I can't imagine what would have happened if she had only the angst of her decisions to focus on.
Renata is at times unlikeable. While she comments seeing her friends in reverse gave her a new not so rosy perspective of them, she doesn't come off that great either. At first things seem very happily - close friends, great boyfriend, bright future, but even before Osiris starts the bloody massacring that life unravels. Osiris makes a point later on, about how Renata spent her year doing what exactly? Playing juvenile pranks? Claiming to love one guy, but sneaking off with another? Avoiding her mother and being oblivious to her best friend's issues? She wasn't planning for her future (actually in some ways Osiris helped her with that) and she wasn't paying attention to her present properly.
It's those pieces I found interesting though. A person can play the hindsight game, but no memory has perfect recall - no matter what you do your experience after that memory will influence or diminish certain aspects of the memory, tainting it without you realizing. I wonder, after finding out the villain, if I can spot the clues.
I'll admit I pegged one char purely based on the fact how clean cut this person is. It proved wrong (horribly so) but I wonder if that meant I was blind to other clues?
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