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Blackbird

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You don't know who you are. But they do.

You wake up on the subway tracks in Los Angeles with no memory of who you are. A backpack is at your feet. Inside is a fresh set of clothes, one thousand dollars in cash, a phone number, and the instructions Do not call the police.

As you try to figure out your identity, the questions swirl. What is your name? How did you get here? What is the meaning of the tattoo on your wrist of a blackbird and the ...

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Overview

You don't know who you are. But they do.

You wake up on the subway tracks in Los Angeles with no memory of who you are. A backpack is at your feet. Inside is a fresh set of clothes, one thousand dollars in cash, a phone number, and the instructions Do not call the police.

As you try to figure out your identity, the questions swirl. What is your name? How did you get here? What is the meaning of the tattoo on your wrist of a blackbird and the code FNV02198? There is only one thing you know for sure: people are trying to kill you.

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Editorial Reviews

Kass Morgan
“Tense, taut, and deliciously disorienting, BLACKBIRD kept me guessing at every turn.”
Kirkus Reviews
2014-06-30
A young woman runs from unknown enemies in this heart-pounding mystery.Sunny (real name unknown) wakes on a Los Angeles subway track, a train hurtling toward her and no memory of who she is or how she got there. She escapes before the police can ask questions but quickly finds herself fleeing violent strangers who seem hell-bent on killing her. She has few clues to her identity: a blackbird and a short string of numbers and letters freshly tattooed on her wrist and a knapsack containing a small notebook in which a cryptic message instructs her to call an unfamiliar phone number, $1,000 in cash, a pocketknife and a can of Mace. Dreams of running from danger with a boy she doesn't recognize but with whom she may have been in love could hold the key to Sunny's past. The action never stops, as Sunny is framed for robbery and arson, while a mysterious man focused on revenge hunts her down. Sunny's story is told through a flawless second-person narration, but the use of third-person to convey the viewpoints of several secondary characters knocks readers out of the carefully constructed, intensely immediate position of protagonist.This edgy, action-packed thriller gives future genre offerings something to aspire to. (Thriller. 15-18)
School Library Journal
10/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—Fast-paced second-person narration places readers squarely in the head of an amnesiac teen girl who only knows that she has a blackbird tattoo on her wrist and that someone is trying to kill her. Quickly adopting the nickname Sunny, the main character soon finds herself framed for theft. Not trusting the police, she manages to find sanctuary among a group of wealthy Los Angeles teens. Romantic tension builds between the protagonist and Ben, her rescuer. Sunny soon discovers abilities she didn't know she had: being able to dodge assassin's bullets and also excelling in close hand-to-hand combat when cornered by pursuers. Tantalizing flashes of memories, along with clues from her assailants, reveal that Sunny is a family-less teen runaway who depended on a handsome friend to survive the rigors of being hunted by the jaded elite. Plenty of plot twists will leave readers guessing as to who is trustworthy. Inspired by Richard Connell's classic short story, "The Most Dangerous Game," the novel draws to a satisfying close but leaves plenty of room for a sequel.—Madigan McGillicuddy, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Atlanta, GA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062299734
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/16/2014
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 134,260
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna Carey

Anna Carey is the author of the Eve trilogy. She graduated from New York University and has an MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 18, 2014

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a re

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
    A teenage girl wakes up paralysed on a railway track with no idea what her name is, or how she came to be there. She finds a note in her back that says to call a number for information, and when she bumps into a boy in the process of making this call, she uses the alias ‘Sunny’.
    Who is ‘Sunny’ really? How did she end up on the train track? And why can’t she remember anything of her life before?


    This book wasn’t what I expected, and the lack of answers grew tiresome.

    ‘Sunny’ was an okay character, but I didn’t love her. I felt a bit sorry for her, but the writing and her jumpy way of thinking bothered me. I think this was probably more the writing than anything, how many sentences can start with the word ‘you’ before you get irritated with it?
    You don’t hear the kids laughing.
    You raise your head.
    You can sense this.
    You only have one choice.
    You lie back.
    You stare into the train’s dark underbelly.
    You are still lying there.
    Your voice surprises you.
    You can’t look.
    You are watching the bottom.
    You’re able to sit up.
    You glance down at your outfit.
    You’re wearing new jeans and shoes.
    You push yourself to sit.
    You pull your bag closer.
    You don’t have any.
    You search your mind.
    You stand.
    You’re still dizzy,
    You push through the turnstile,
    You give the intersection a quick glance
    You just need some time to think.
    You need to call the number,
    You turn,
    You hold the straps of the knapsack.

    Had enough yet? I hope not, because that is only chapter 1!

    The storyline in this was a little odd. ‘Sunny’ has no idea what her name is, where she has come from, what is happening to her, or anything really, and neither does the reader. I mean I can put up with that for a certain length of time, but I didn’t feel like I really discovered anything until the 90% mark, which for me was just too late. I got to the point where I wanted this book to just be over because I was sick of the writing, and sick of the lack of answers.
    There was some romance, but I wasn’t really feeling it. It felt rushed, and I just couldn’t get into it.

    The ending was okay, and we did get a little smidgen of information right at the end. There was one twist that I didn’t see coming, but we were then left with a massive cliff-hanger.
    I’d have to say that after reading and liking this author’s other series, this was a big disappointment.
    Overall; quirky writing, and a lack of answers,
    6 out of 10.

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  • Posted October 18, 2014

    I'll start of with this line: Second person point of view gets t

    I'll start of with this line: Second person point of view gets to me and I don't like the fact that it's me *points to self* doing the running, the hurting, doing everything that the book tells me what to do. I don't like nor fancy second person point of view because it is very disturbing, very unwise choice because let's admit it, we want the scene happening before us not the scene happening in front of you because it's you doing all the things you read. It's very disturbing. My first thought was to not finish the book but the pull that I am so interested in it drove me to finish reading it. And me finishing the book only worsens my disappointment. 




    So, a girl wakes up one day without any memories of her past. She doesn't know her name, where she lived or who her parents were. She has this tattoo of a bird on her wrist with a code: FNV02198 and a backpack with things she could use to survive. One thing she knows for sure is people are trying to kill her. On the run, she tries to recall who she was before.




    When I first read it, I was all “I can't finish this.” There was this pull of struggle in me and I can't continue reading this. Choosing a second person POV is a poor choice, plus, I don't know what was happening while reading. There's a lot of chaos happening back there that I don't want to go back to. One moment The story is about the lost unnamed girl, then when you get to the next chapter, it's another person the book was talking about. I don't know who is talking about who! The story teller talks about too many characters that I am so lost, I don't know what was happening, I don't know who “She” or “He” was. I don't know what to expect of this anymore. 

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  • Posted October 17, 2014

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    A girl wakes up on the train tracks with a train baring down on

    A girl wakes up on the train tracks with a train baring down on top of her. With only seconds before it hits, she puts her arms down at her side and hunkers down, hoping to survive. Thankfully she does but she has no recollection of who she is, where she is or how she got to the station. She has a backpack with her and a tattoo on her wrist of a blackbird in a box with letters and numbers below it. She doesn't remember getting it nor what it means. 

    The only thing she knows is that if the police arrives at the train station she will be in trouble. She has to run. Leaving the place she enters a supermarket and literally bumps into Ben. He sees the state of her and offers assistance but she refuses. He gives her his number in case she needs it. She leaves quickly but soon figures out that someone seems to be following her. She tries to lose him but he seems to be at every turn. Who is he and why is he following her, and worse, who is trying to kill her. 

    With no idea where to go, she turns to the only person she knows. Ben. Can he help her remember and can he keep her alive?

    This is the first book I've read that's told in second person, and while it took me a while to get used to it, it kind of works for Blackbird! I admit that at the start I was going to put it aside because it was so odd reading second person, but I'm so glad I didn't! I'm glad I kept reading because the story was amazing! 

    When the girl wakes up, she is asked her name, which she doesn't know, so she says Sunny. Sunny was a fantastic character. She is thrust into a world with no memory and where people are trying to kill her, yet she is strong, resilient and brave. She gets a few flashbacks but yet she still has no idea what is happening to her. Why is she here and why are people trying to kill her. She has to try escape the killers and figure out who she is before its too late. 

    I didn't know what to make of Ben at the start. He is a drug dealer so immediately I didn't like him but getting to know him, you cant help but like him. He feels sorry for Sunny so tries to help, but is he biting off more than he can chew? 

    The plot was what I loved about Blackbird. It was gripping and thrilling. The first half of the book was a little slow, but that was because it was setting the scene but when we get about half way through, it really kicks into gear. I loved trying to figure out who Sunny is and why people are after her. 

    Overall Blackbird is an intense and thrilling read. The second half of the book is action packed and with plenty of twists. While second person mighn't work for everyone, I urge you to give it a go. It was definitely a unique experience for me. Blackbird leaves us with a lot of unanswered questions and ends in a huge cliffhanger so I am eagerly awaiting the sequel of it!!

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  • Posted October 12, 2014

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    I wasn¿t sure what to expect when it came to reading Blackbird b

    I wasn’t sure what to expect when it came to reading Blackbird by author Alley Carrey. I’ve never read anything from the author’s previous works, but I’ve heard mostly good things. The cover was pretty which was enough to suck me in and the brief description I found for the novel gave it a very mysterious feel. I dove head-first into this read and was surprised by it.

    Blackbird is told in the second person when a teenage girl wakes up on a subway’s tracks with no recollections of how she got there. From that point onward all of her actions are centred around her own survival. There are people chasing after her and she’s positive that they only want to see her dead. With no knowledge of who she is or where she’s from, all she knows about herself is that there’s a tattoo on her wrist that might just explain everything. While trying to uncover who she used to be, she crosses paths with Ben—a drug dealing teenager who does his best to take our protagonist (adopting the name Sunny) to sanctuary. But it’s only a matter of time before the people hunting her catch up to them…

    All in all, Blackbird wasn’t at all what I’ve expected. On Goodreads the novel is supposed to be The Maze Runner meets Codename Verity. I haven’t read either of those books but I have heard good things about both of them. Considering how decent Blackbird was I do believe that it could deserve those comparisons.

    What makes Blackbird stand out is the fact that it’s written in the second person (which I mentioned briefly up above). For those of you who don’t know what second person point-of-view is it’s a story told using the pronouns you/your/yours while addressing you, the reader. It’s something that I have rarely ever read (apart from Choose-your-own-adventure books when I was a kid) which also made me a bit nervous about reading. Second person is something that is, in my opinion, very hard to pull off but Blackbird does a good job of it.

    The plot in Blackbird is one that kept me on the edge of my seat. I really loved the way that Carrey manages to weave in plot twists and leave unexpected surprises. The main storyline is essentially all about you/Sunny being hunted down for reasons unknown that most likely involve the blackbird tattoo on her/your wrist. There’s a side-plot in Blackbird that focuses mostly on the romance between you/Sunny and Ben.

    I personally found it very difficult to get fully into the story with the second person narrative. It was refreshing and new at first but quickly made the ‘ride’ a bit bumpy. I felt very distant from the plot and from ‘myself/Sunny’ because of it. It was hard to get into the romance scenes especially when it’s nothing but you pronouns during those sexy, kissy-kissy bits.

    I would recommend Blackbird to readers who are looking for a read that is all about action and mystery. Any readers who are looking for something unique should give Blackbird a read. Any readers who are looking for a read that has a bit of romance, a bit of action and a bit of the unknown should also give it a try.

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