Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family.
Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who's owned her heart as long as she can remember - even if he doesn't know it - her childhood friend, Lucas.
But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever.
This startlingly original audiobook will shock and disturb you; it will fill you with Judith's passion and longing; and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last.
©2013 Julie Berry (P)2013 Penguin Audio
I listened to this because it was on the carnegie shortlist and I am a school librarian.
Its not my normal sort of book to be fair and I was a little aopprehensive about it.
I should not have worried - the characters were really well developed!
The are so many undertones to this tale that they are too many to mention in full, but love, angre, riomance and fear send you on a rollercoater ride along with the characters.
The narrator was brilliant! If you listen to the book, you will know why I say that! VERY well read with huge amounts of effort on her behalf.
Overall, its a great book (and persoanally I think should have wone the award!)
I read this because it was on the 2014 carnegie shortlist, which is a children's book award, and found it to be an excellent candidate.
The characters were really well developed and I was particularly able to relate to the protagonists feelings.
The book contains many aspects such as romance, social discrimination, history and religion. I thought the character's disability was portrayed well, neither as a sob story, or as a shining inspiration, but a refreshing mixture of both.
I loved the narrator, she seemed a perfect choice for this book and read with lots of expression.
I would recommend this to anybody who enjoys historical fiction, young adult or romance.
This is in my top three. A little different from my usual thriller or horror choices but worth it. I really enjoyed listening to the narrator - she had good flow and pleasant tone. The whole story was very well written and the author made sure not to give too many clues as to what was going to happen next or what happened in the past.
I loved how the story developed through the main characters telling of events and how the characters evolved. In the beginning there are a few characters you are meant to hate but as the story evolves your view of them will change. This is definitely a book I would listen to again - very enjoyable.
My favorite is near the end when Judith finds the strength within her she had all along.
The main character, Judith, was the most memorable not just because she is the one telling the story but because she is the one who changes the most.
My only complaint is that it was too short. I was sad that it was over so soon. I'm looking forward to listening to other books by Julie Berry.
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