(Don’t You) Forget About Me
By Kate Karyus Quinn
Available June 2014
Welcome to Gardnerville.
A place where no one gets sick. And no one ever dies.
There’s a price to pay for paradise. Every fourth year, the strange power that fuels the town exacts its payment by infecting teens with deadly urges. In a normal year in Gardnerville, teens might stop talking to their best friends. In a fourth year, they’d kill them.
Four years ago, Skylar’s sister, Piper, was locked away after leading sixteen of her classmates to a watery grave. Since then, Skylar has lived in a numb haze, struggling to forget her past and dull the pain of losing her sister. But the secrets and memories Piper left behind keep taunting Skylar—whispering that the only way to get her sister back is to stop Gardnerville’s murderous cycle once and for all.
This Blonde’s Review:
Skyler lives in a town where people don’t get sick. Life threatening diseases like cancer have no power there. Sounds perfect. Except for the part where every four years the teenagers in town turn deadly. Skyler’s sister lead her classmates onto a bridge to jump and 16 died. Following that Skyler has turned into the kind of person who is drugged at all times, her life is flying by and she doesn’t know what is happening. Except that now Piper has to wake up. She has to find out where Piper is and why no one seems to know what happened to her.
This one was actually pretty interesting. I didn’t care for Skyler and couldn’t understand her desire to drug herself into oblivion. As the book goes on we see that her family life is troubled, her father didn’t care for her and would ignore her existence. Her mother loved him to distraction and allowed him to use her and cheat on her so wasn’t there for her daughters. The only person Skyler had was Piper. They were both gifted, Piper could get people to do things while Skyler could pull their secrets.
I enjoyed this one more than I thought I would. Skyler wasn’t a character I connected with at all, but I felt bad for her and couldn’t help but hope she would find her sister. As the story went on there were more things that didn’t add up and made it clear there was more going on than Skyler was aware of. I liked watching as things slowly revealed until everything opened up.
If the book sounds interesting then you should definitely give it a try. The characters aren’t strong enough that we get attached to them, but the stories in the book and the secrets that reveal themselves were great.