Thursday, May 7, 2015

Bomb ~ Sarah Mussi (earc) review [@sarahmussi @hodderchildrens]

Hodder Children's Books
May 7, 2015
432 pages*
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When Genesis goes on a blind internet date, she just wants to get over her ex-boyfriend Naz. She just wants someone to like her again. But when Genesis wakes up the morning after the date, she can't remember a thing. She doesn't know where she is, or how she got there. And she can hardly move because she is strapped into some kind of body armour ...

Before she has time to figure it out, she receives an order through an earpiece stuck in her ear. And then a voice sounds in her head: 'You have been chosen for an assignment ... The vest you're wearing is packed with high explosives. And with one mobile call we can detonate it.'

To her horror Genesis has become an agent of mass destruction, a walking weapon in the hands of a terrorist cell.

The countdown to detonation has begun: Genesis must re-examine everyone and everything she loves and make terrifying choices ... in the face of certain death.

A gutsy, compelling and chilling thrill-ride.
The blind date is just supposed to be a way to appease her best friend, to possibly forget about her ex, if only for a little while. Only, that's not what happens.

With a bomb strapped to her chest and an earpiece stuck i her ear delivering directives, Genesis doesn't know what to do. She knows that she has to go what they say or she risks being blown up. But if she does listen, is there any way she'll live? And what of the public?

Bomb puts Genesis in what seems like an impossible situation. She figures it's likely The Brightness, an extremist cult-like religious, terrorist group that is orchestrating things. There have been other suicide bombers, other actions by the group so she believes they're serious.

She wants to get help, but doesn't know how to do it without alerting them, without risking her death (and those of numerous bystanders).

The decisions Genesis makes, what she manages to discover about those that have put the bomb on her and how they're operating, the other characters that come into the story and how things play out was much better than I expected. Bomb was full of a lot of twists, turns and surprises. It seemed like an almost predictable tale, but Sarah Mussi took Genesis and readers on a ride I really was not expecting.

Being in the US there was a little added interest for me with how the authorities in London and the UK handled things. Some of it was different that I would have anticipated but I quite liked that extra bit of uncertainty.

The CAPS that happened quite a lot (though less so as the story progressed) was a bit weird, but otherwise I really enjoyed it. The Brightness were an interesting creation; they have some definite parallels to groups that do exist but using a fictional group, with created directives and ideology, worked best.

Bomb is a thrilling, fast paced and smart tale.

digital review copy received from publisher, via NetGalley

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