Published by Bloomsbury Children's Books on June 6, 2017
Genres: Romantic, Science Fiction, Thrillers, Young Adult
Sexual Content: Kissing, references to sex
Reviewed by: Kate
Companion novel to Burning.
Prep school gets a twist of supernatural suspense in this commercial YA thriller.
Charlotte has always been content in the shadow of her two best friends at the prestigious Underhill Preparatory Institute. Ariel is daring and mysterious. Devon is beautiful and brilliant. Although Charlotte never lived up to the standards of the school—or her demanding mother—her two best friends became the family she never had. When Ariel and Devon suddenly commit suicide within a month of each other, Charlotte refuses to accept it as a coincidence. But as the clues point to a dangerous secret about Underhill Prep, Charlotte is suddenly in over her head. There’s a reason the students of Underhill are so exceptional, and the people responsible are willing to kill to protect the truth…
Suspenseful and scintillating, with hints of the supernatural, this fast-paced thriller will keep readers hooked.
While BREAKING certainly met its goal of being a thriller, I was mostly disappointed with the book. The hints of the supernatural were disappointing and though it kept my interest, there were too many questions left unanswered for me to be completely satisfied with the read.
To be fair, I read BREAKING in one sitting. It kept me completely glued to my seat, and I was desperate to know how it ended while I was reading it. Once I finished and thought about it, the more I realized I had some issues with the book.
One major problem I had was that Charlotte's friends, Ariel and Devon, are already dead at the beginning of the book. There are flashbacks, but not enough, in my opinion, for you to really understand Charlotte's friendship with the two of them. It was hard to get myself to care about Ariel and Devon and what happened to them, because I didn't have any connection to them other than that Charlotte cared about them. Another issue was the ending. It seems to end on a cliffhanger, as if there should be more books, but I don't see any news about further books in this series. So that was disappointing.
Had I realized when I requested it that it was a companion novel, I'm not sure I would have read it, but you don't need to have read BURNING, the companion novel, to understand what is happening in BREAKING. I easily picked up all the drama, and in fact think I may have appreciated the thriller aspects more since I didn't have hints from BURNING.
So, enough though I was entertained by BREAKING, ultimately I was left feeling unfulfilled. If you enjoy mysteries and thrillers, BREAKING might be up your alley, but if you like a little more closure when you read a book, I can't confidently recommend it.Series Titles:
- Burning (companion novel)