Friday, August 22, 2014

Blackbird: Review


This twisty, breathless cat-and-mouse thrill ride, told in the second person, follows a girl with amnesia in present-day Los Angeles who is being pursued by mysterious and terrifying assailants.

A girl wakes up on the train tracks, a subway car barreling down on her. With only minutes to react, she hunches down and the train speeds over her. She doesn’t remember her name, where she is, or how she got there. She has a tattoo on the inside of her right wrist of a blackbird inside a box, letters and numbers printed just below: FNV02198. There is only one thing she knows for sure: people are trying to kill her.

On the run for her life, she tries to untangle who she is and what happened to the girl she used to be. Nothing and no one are what they appear to be. But the truth is more disturbing than she ever imagined.

The Maze Runner series meets Code Name Verity, Blackbird is relentless and action-packed, filled with surprising twists.


This book is supposed to be fun. But the whole second-person point of view thing ruins everything for me.

The discussion of this point of view is gonna take the whole of this post. First off, I really don't understand the purpose behind this act. It doesn't sound cool. I mean, how can you relate to "you are doing this right now", "you are kicking that guy's ass right now"? Because I'm NOT doing those things! It's not like I'm the one receiving the message such that I do the things. It's more like I'm the one giving command to someone ELSE to do those things. This is more like a commentary and not an experience. How can you even relate to anyone - ANYTHING if I can't even process I'm the one doing things?

The second-person perspective is confusing as hell. I'm so busy trying to concentrate that it's the girl doing things that I can't even process what is going on in the book. I don't have much experience with second-person point of view, therefore I get confused whenever "you" do something. And then with all the confusion, there's no way I can even try to enjoy the book. I'm pretty sick of reading it.

Which leads to this: I think this book is boring and confusing as hell. To give some consolation though, I'd say this is a brave act to write a book. But it fails miserably. Sorry.

Rating: 1.5/10

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