Today I’m reviewing* ANYONE? by Angela Scott. Stay tuned after the review for a Rafflecopter Giveaway!
About the Book
The end of the world? That’s the stuff of Hollywood blockbusters and deep philosophical exercises in school. No need to sweat it. So when sixteen-year-old Tess’s doomsday-dad builds a bomb shelter in their suburban backyard, everyone thinks he’s gone crazy….
…Until fire rains down from the sky, sinking whole cities into colossal craters and setting much of the world ablaze.
Tess’s dad gives her a few short minutes to gather her emergency bag and her freaked-out kitten, then leads her outside and into the underground shelter. Terrified, the last thing she expects is for him to leave her there all alone, but he has no choice—he must find her missing brother.
Before leaving, he makes Tess promise to keep the hatch door shut, not to open it for anyone but him, and to stay put until he returns.
But he forgot to tell her one thing: What is she supposed to do if he never comes back?
There were several things I loved about this book. First is Tess. She really is a teenager and Angela Scott did a great job of portraying her as such. Second is Cole. An interesting character with an interesting view of the world now that there’s no one around for miles. Third, I loved the tension between them. There’s an incredible love/hate relationship that sparks in all the best ways. Fourth, I loved the cat as an important character. Last, I loved the adventure and the mystery of what happened. The mystery of what happened is reminiscent of The Road… No one really knows. There are hints at possibilities, but it’s never really discovered. Of course, Tess’s main worry is finding her Dad and brother. The why of what happened doesn’t matter to her.
There are other things that sat wrong with me. Okay, really only one thing… The ending. Poof! No answers. Not to who or what Cole is, not to what exactly happened (this is a double-edged sword with me), and not to where the government is. Why is the weather freaky all of a sudden? I’m usually all for ambiguity, but there’s a certain limit that I can handle. There should be answers to most of the questions that come up during the book, but I was left with only an answer to why the ONLY animal still alive is Tess’s kitten. I contacted Angela to find out if there would be a series because that was the only possible explanation to leave so many open questions. She replied that no, this isn’t a series (though she hasn’t dismissed possibly coming back to write more about this world some other time).
This book pulled me along and I couldn’t put it down. When I did put it down, it was not with kindness. I still think about the story–about Tess and Cole–but most of it is disappointment that I don’t know the answers to so many questions.
I give this book 3 stars.
Angela is hosting a Rafflecopter Giveaway with some amazing things up for grabs like…
This 72 hour survival kit:
A Callie Cat:
And an author signed paperback copy:
About the Author
I hear voices. Tiny fictional people sit on my shoulders and whisper their stories in my ear. Instead of medicating myself, I decided to pick up a pen, write down everything those voices tell me, and turn it into a book. I’m not crazy. I’m an author. For the most part, I write contemporary Young Adult novels. However, through a writing exercise that spiraled out of control, I found myself writing about zombies terrorizing the Wild Wild West—and loving it. My zombies don’t sparkle, and they definitely don’t cuddle. At least, I wouldn’t suggest it.
I live on the benches of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains with two lovely children, one teenager, and a very patient husband. I graduated from Utah State University with a B.A. degree in English, not because of my love for the written word, but because it was the only major that didn’t require math. I can’t spell, and grammar is my arch nemesis. But they gave me the degree, and there are no take backs.
As a child, I never sucked on a pacifier; I chewed on a pencil. I’ve been writing that long. It has only been the past few years that I’ve pursued it professionally, forged relationships with other like-minded individuals, and determined to make a career out of it.
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