Series: Banished #2
on October 11th 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Fiction, Romantic, Young Adult
Sexual Content: Kissing. References to rape.
Reviewed by: Abigail
Hailey Tarbell is no typical girl. As one of the Banished who arrived from Ireland generations ago, Hailey has the power to heal—and, as she recently learned, to create zombies if she heals someone too late. But now, Hailey is finally getting a chance at a normal life. After realizing the good and bad sides of her power, Hailey has survived the unimaginable to settle with her aunt, Prairie, and her little brother, Chub, in the suburbs of Milwaukee. Finally Hailey has a loving family, nice clothes, and real friends. But her safe little world is blown apart when she tries to contact her secret boyfriend, Kaz—and alerts the incredibly dangerous man who's looking for her to her true whereabouts.
UNFORSAKEN is the follow-up to BANISHED and the final book in the Banished series. That’s both good news and bad news. It’s good because unlike in BANISHED, we aren’t left with a cruel cliffhanger at the end of UNFORSAKEN. The bad news is that I would have gladly taken a cliffhanger if it meant I could look forward to another beautifully written, emotionally evocative, action and romance packed book in this series.
UNFORSAKEN picks up shortly after the BANISHED cliffhanger. While 80% of this story is told by Hailey, there are multiple POVs introduced in UNFORSAKEN. My favorite, hands down, was Hailey’s four year old foster brother Chub. His chapters reminded me a lot of THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTIME by Mark Haddon. Chub is developmentally delayed and speaks only a few words, plus he is a Seer, so his internal thoughts were beyond fascinating. Sophie used his chapters beautifully to advance the story while providing insight into Chub’s world.
I did miss some of the more quiet and pitiful moments of Hailey’s life that were brought to life in such vivid and heartbreaking detail in BANISHED, but the tradeoff of learning more about her Healing ability and the other Banished was a fair compensation. Also the introduction of a romance that somehow wasn’t forced into a story this harrowing was a welcome addition.
Overall, UNFORSAKEN concludes a powerful series involving Irish folklore and zombies, a sweet romance, and a multi generational storyline full of breathless action and truly abhorrent villains. Sophie Littlefield continues to astound me with her poignant writing, deft blending of supernatural details, and unflinching characterizations. I am officially a fan for life.Series Titles:
- Banished – 4/5