Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Crash by Lisa McMann

Crash (Visions, #1)If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble. The suspenseful first of four books from the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy.
Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.
What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode...and nine body bags in the snow.
The vision is everywhere—on billboards, television screens, windows—and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more she sees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember.

I loved Lisa McMann’s first series, starting with Wake. Since it ended, I’ve read all of her YA books, but none of them really captured me the way Wake did until Crash. I’m not saying the writing in Crash was fabulous or the characters were super well developed, but it was a really good story.

Crash took you on a journey. It was interesting, action-packed, and overall really engaging. Jules annoyed me, but for some reason I still liked her. I liked how passionate she was about what she believed in, and I liked how she wouldn’t give up trying to save the people who are in the body bags. Jules’ parents got on my nerves. A lot. They were overly strict because of a feud that was blown way out of proportion by everyone involved. Even at a time later in the novel where they should forget about old feuds, they didn’t. They kept bogging down the story, and got in the way of how much I would have enjoyed reading it.

Though the characters weren’t my favorite thing about the novel, it wasn’t all bad. The story was genuinely interesting, and I was interested in it since I read the summary. I just think that Crash would have been way better if there had been better character development and overall a little better writing.

FTC- Received from publisher.


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We Heart YA said...

Hm. Doesn't sound like this is a good fit for us. Character development is probably THE most important thing in our reading experience. (We also didn't really love the Wake series, sorry!!)