The Swarm Is Here....
Updated: Nov 17, 2019
Hey all I'm back with yet another review for you all!
This one is over Every Stolen Breath by Kimberley Gabriel with publishes November 5th from Blink Ya. This book was one filled to the brim with intense moments that caused me to hurt deeply for Lia and worry deeply for her character. Gabriel creates a scarily possible scenario that would cause anyone to take a step back and take notice of the world around them. So without any further ado... lets jump in...
This story takes place in modern day Chicago where a group of young adults aka The Swarm attack what is assumed to be random targets with acts of violence and kill them. Lia is our main character and her father is killed by The Swarm when he begins to investigate them and learns to much. Lia then becomes obsessed with the group and this story follows her and a group of characters in their attempt to figure out who is behind The Swarm.
This was a fairly dark read for it being YA. And by dark I mean The Swarm literally murders two people in the book by beating them to death....and the reader revisits the murder of Lia's father as well. There is a lot of talk of black mail and the members of The Swarm have to participate in these beatings in order to try and get out of the group.
Gabriel does an amazing job creating a tension fueled read where a young girl just wants to find the truth in a world of adults that won't believe her. But I really struggled with Lia as the main character. She seemed whiney and while I understand how hard it would be in this situation to trust anyone.... I felt like she took unneeded risks and was very unintelligent when it came to making choices and using common sense. Some of the scenarios portrayed though the book do come off as a little far-fetched as well.
Now to the address the other side of the coin. Gabriel creates a group of background characters that really pushed the story forward and attempted to provide Lia with the tools to find what she is looking for and even attempt to keep her from making life threatening mistakes. I respected that Gabriel had characters get frustrated and abandon Lia because its a realistic thing that would happen and some authors struggle with those hard choices. Gabriel is also not shy when it comes to killing off a characters either which is a pro in my book.
I will say as I was not a fan of the ending.... I won't spoil it but I understand the authors choice to do what she did when it was all said and done but I do think she may have left it open for a sequel... Overall I gave the book a three point five rating because the storyline was an interesting concept and I thought her writing really painted the picture of said story. I did knock points for not loving the main character and her lack of common sense.
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