I had the distinct pleasure of reading Ignite the Shadows by Ingrid Seymour and I was so happy that I got the opportunity to read such an awesome book.
Here’s a quick synopsis:
Sixteen-year-old Marci Guerrero is one of the best teen hackers in Seattle. However, she’d give up all her talents to know she isn’t crazy.
Marci feels possessed by what she perceives as shadowy spectres that take control of her body and make her do crazy things. While spying on the clandestine group known as IgNiTe, she’s confronted by the leader, James McCray. His presence stirs the spectres inside her brain into a maddening frenzy. Her symptoms and ability to control them don’t go unnoticed by James, who soon recruits her and shows her the awful truth.
Half of the world’s population is infected by sentient parasites. They bind themselves to the human brain and replace the pathways for all thoughts and actions. The creatures then morph their hosts into grotesque monsters with extraordinary strengths. Winged, clawed, fanged half-humans become living nightmares. Now Marci wishes she was crazy, because the truth is worse.
Sound great? It was and still is great. This is one of the few books that I really enjoyed even though it is YA fiction. I try not to give YA fiction a bad rap because I know that some if not all the authors tried really hard to get to where they are today by appealing to young readers and there is nothing wrong with that. The issue I have is that the stereotypes that go along with YA fiction (and having used to read a lot of the genre myself when I was a teenager) left me feeling like there is just the one arc to go with. Well I was wrong and this book can prove that.
With most YA fiction that I read, it has pretty average vocabulary so that you aren’t reaching for a dictionary every few pages (like A Confederacy of Dunces. Seriously, I had to look up at least one word per paragraph) and you can read pretty uninterrupted for the whole book and understand what is going on. For me, I enjoy learning a new word or two in a book and this book actually had a vocabulary where I was able to enjoy and understand the book more when I looked up a few of the words. I really like learning something new and this book really helped me do that.
Moving on to storyline and characters. I really liked all of it. This is a new twist on an “infected” being. Usually when I hear “infected”, I think zombies or plague, but with Ignite that isn’t the case. This is an original idea with an original storyline with likeable characters. I was able to connect to Marci in a way that I didn’t think was possible. I used to take mixed martial arts and I also have a love for motorcycles, but that wasn’t the way I connected with her. I was able to understand her point of view, not as a whiny teenager, but as someone with legitimate issues looking for answers in a way that could only work if she did it without parental help. I also liked the fact that even though she and her mom weren’t on the best of terms, she wasn’t expected to (and didn’t) take care of her mom. A teenager should NOT be in charge of her parents and how her parents behave and that is something that I admired in Marci.
There was a little bit of predictability, but at some parts I was definitely surprised and didn’t know what was going to happen next. For example, I saw what was going to happen with Marci’s romance and what happened within her family, but I did not see the ending coming at all. I was a little put off that it ended on such a cliffhanger, but that also insures that I will buy the next one when it comes out. I need to know what happens next and not just because of the cliffhanger. This was a great book that I recommend to anyone and I highly recommend that you pick it up as well.
I’d like to thank Ingrid Seymour for letting me read her amazing book and Sanovia (go and check out her blog http://creatyvebooks.com/) for allowing me to be part of A Month Of Indies. I met some awesome authors, read some amazing books, and had a great time blogging about it.
Some links you should click on:
Author website: http://ingridseymour.com/
GoodReads: Ignite the Shadows
Amazon: Buy Ignite the Shadows