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Praise for Strangelets
“Mysterious, compelling, and edge-of-your-seat, heart-in-your-throat, drive-you-out-of-your-mind suspenseful, Strangelets was a thrill ride I never wanted to end.”
"Didn't put it down until I was done—and then I was sad it was over. Can't wait to see what Gagnon is up to next!"
“Three very different teens on the edge of death get firsthand experience of the Many-Worlds Interpretation of quantum mechanics... Finding out what happened takes a back seat to survival... but readers won’t mind. Interesting characters, some of whom have dangerous secrets, act and react like real teens. The slow reveal of what’s going on is as tantalizing as the action is pulse-pounding... A fun ride.”
"Well-executed survivalist horror.... Engrossing characters and building suspense.... Pulse-pounding.”
"Fast-paced.... very intriguing."
“Gagnon blends the dystopian phenomenon with a creepiness that fans of The Walking Dead can appreciate. And while Gagnon presents the story simply, it is anything but easy to explain, with the tragedy of an incident akin to Isla Bick’s Ashes... With gore, sympathetic and equally unsympathetic characters, and tension, teens will unequivocally devour this dystopian tale, which is certainly worth adding to the shelf.”
“I loved the story.... There were many twists and turns and surprises along the way, but it all helped build this world the characters suddenly found themselves in. It was amazing.”
—The Story Behind the Book Cover
“A crazy, mysterious, creepy, mind boggling story!”
—Some Like It Paranormal
“Strangelets is crazy and awesome and thrilling and, well, strange.... I look forward to reading more from Gagnon, especially if it's anything like Strangelets.”
—Beauty and the Bookshelf
“Fans of time travel, the concept of parallel universes or multi-verses will completely devour this story.... The way in which the events are described in Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon sure makes it seem like this could be true. And that totally freaks me out!”
—Chapter by Chapter
“A taut, well-paced mystery with sci-fi tendencies.”
—We Eat YA
“The characters of Strangelets are – like LOST – varied in nature and in appeal.... [A] fun read.”
—The Book Smugglers
"Fast-paced.... very intriguing.
Praise for The Tunnels
"Michelle Gagnon's stellar debut is an edge-of-your seat story of suspense and intrigue. Highly recommended."
─New York Times bestselling author Sheldon Siegel
Praise for The Gatekeeper
"High stakes, tension, excitement─I loved The Gatekeeper."
─New York Times bestselling author Lee Child
Praise for Boneyard
"Boneyard is a winner! A compelling page-turner that pays due attention to the human heart. It'll keep you up all night."
─New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver
Posted July 31, 2013
Sophie, Declan, and Anat don’t know each other, but they are about to. They all mysteriously disappear and end up in the same place. What’s even weirder is that there are other kids there when they wake up- Zain, Nico, and Yosh. They all have to rely on each other if they want to survive. Problem is they have no idea where to go and what happened to everyone else. Also, there appears to be no one else around to help. The place is deserted. Sophie, Declan, and Anat know something is going on, but they can’t really act on it. When strange things begin to happen, they try to get the hell out of dodge. What they should have done was stay put. It seems someone isn’t who they seem. Someone knows what’s really going and what the creatures are, that are chasing them.
Is this all a dream or is this all really happening? It’s survival of the fittest in this new novel.
This is the strangest book that I’ve ever read...but I happen to like strange. :D This book had me intrigued from the beginning. I was like: where are they and what’s really going on? I love a book that keeps you guessing. I think that the different point of views also helped. If there weren’t different point of views, you would be confused and wouldn’t know what was going on. They each had their own personalities and they came from different parts of the world. I found that fascinating. I didn’t really know what to expect from this book. I just went with the flow and enjoyed it. There were twists and turns everywhere that had you questioning everything you thought you knew. I think the ending was nicely done, but it does leave a few unanswered questions. It makes me wonder if there is going to be another one. Probably not.. but I just had to put that out there.
Sophie- She is terminally ill; she has lymphoma and only has months to live. She has accepted her fate and is ready to die. When she sees a ball of light, she thinks it’s her time to go. When she wakes up in a hospital again, she seems to take it well. That is until she realizes there is no one to take care of her. She is weak when the book starts out and becomes stronger as the book progresses. She may be the girl that slows everyone down, but she becomes a major player.
Declan- He is a thief and can pick just about any lock. He was on a job to steal something and was about to get shot when he sees a ball of light as well. Declan is the comic relief. I was laughing at most of what he said and my favorite quote is probably going to be from him. He is strong when he needs to be and also supportive. Oh, and did I mention he is from Ireland? No.. well he is and the accent.. SWOON….I couldn’t resist him.
Anat- When we meet her, she is running away to be with her forbidden love….you can guess what happens :D She was going to be in a war and she is one tough cookie. She needs help from no one and she lets you know that up front. She just wants to get back to her home and she doesn’t care who gets hurt in the process. I don’t think they would have survived without her. She was pretty awesome; she just had a bad attitude.
Overall I loved the strangeness of this book. It took me into another place and time.
Quote #1 from Sophie
She’d rarely seen two people take such an instant and extreme dislike to each other. Sophie got the feeling that if they weren’t arguing about this, it would be something else, like whether or not aliens existed or if veal should be illegal.
Quote #2 from Declan
“Of course. At your service, “Declan snapped. “Please note the emergency exits to the front and the rear, and know that in the event of a water landing, your seat won’t be a damn bit of use to you. Oh and if you feel the need to pray, make sure it’s to science, and not God, because apparently he doesn’t give a whit about you.”
“Enough already,” Nico groaned
“Fasten your seatbelts, trays in the upright position, and thanks for flying Murphy air!”
Posted June 10, 2013
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***
Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon
Publisher: Soho Teen
Publication Date: April 9, 2013
Rating: 3 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley
Summary (from Goodreads):
17-year-old Sophie lies on her deathbed in California, awaiting the inevitable loss of her battle with cancer…
17-year-old Declan stares down two armed thugs in a back alley in Galway, Ireland…
17-year-old Anat attempts to traverse a booby-trapped tunnel between Israel and Egypt…
All three strangers should have died at the exact same moment, thousands of miles apart. Instead, they awaken together in an abandoned hospital—only to discover that they’re not alone. Three other teens from different places on the globe are trapped with them. Somebody or something seems to be pulling the strings. With their individual clocks ticking, they must band together if they’re to have any hope of surviving.
Soon they discover that they've been trapped in a future that isn't of their making: a deadly, desolate world at once entirely familiar and utterly strange. Each teen harbors a secret, but only one holds the key that could get them home. As the truth comes to light through the eyes of Sophie, Declan, and Anat, the reader is taken on a dark and unforgettable journey into the hearts of teens who must decide what to do with a second chance at life.
What I Liked:
Well, this book was quite the change from what I've been reading recently! When I signed up to be part of the tour, I took one look at the synopsis, and knew that it would be different from what I was used to. I don't read a lot of mystery or suspense thriller books.
I liked the idea of this book - time-traveling (ish), alternate worlds (sort of like Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris) and creepy-as-who-knows-what dinosaur things that aren't even the prehistoric kind! The science part of the book was intriguing. I don't believe in alternate universes and time-traveling, but Gagnon definitely did her research to create such an interesting story about those elements. And those dinosaurs... good touch!
There is a bit of romance in this book, and it is obvious. There isn't an active love triangle, but there are two females and one male in this sort-of love triangle. I didn't really care about that - because honestly, it's not really a love triangle. And the romance is obvious. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing for some people, but it's fine with me.
The characters were all very different in their own ways, which is good, because one thing I abhor is when there are many protagonists, and they all sound and act the same. I like Declan, for his easygoing yet protective nature. Sophie is okay at best. Anat is FIERCE - which works for her. Those three are the core of the story, and before you wonder, no, they are not all part of the love triangle (one of them isn't).
The ending was a good one, all things considered. In fact, it was a little too perfect, all things considered. And I still have a ton of questions. And I'm a little confused. But the ending is... good.
What I Did Not Like:
There were several I really didn't like I about this book. The pacing, several of the characters, and the ending.
The pacing was... bad. Okay, maybe bad isn't the right word. But whatever it was, it didn't work for me. I read this book on my Kindle, and let me tell you, I was flipping through the e-pages really quickly. Often times, there were parts of the books that were so slow and so boring, you didn't need to read them. And that is just what I did. I skimmed a ton of this book, and that is something I rarely do.
I wasn't skimming the book because I was crunched on time or anything. I was skimming because there were sections of the book that were really boring, or that just didn't add to the plot. The descriptive paragraphs of the book were too many and not as much needed.
I already mentioned that the characters were very different, which was nice, and that I especially liked Declan and Anat. I didn't really like Sophie. I get that she was sick before the big event, but probably wouldn't be someone that I would want to be stuck with in post-apocalyptic times, for her attitude. She's a bit of a whiner. Not encouraging for a protagonist.
The ending, as I said, is too perfect. For a book about end-of-the-world, post-apocalyptic, dinosaur-ridden madness, the ending was all rainbows and butterflies. Not that I have anything against rainbows and butterflies. But goodness. I expected some psychological damage in the, um, remaining characters. And everything wrapped up too nicely! I don't want to give anything away, but seriously! How did everything just fall into place?! There was like, a billionth of a chance of everything working out the way it did. Boo.
Would I Recommend It:
Umm... sort of. For those of you who like interesting, action books with crazy science? You might like this one. Those of you who liked a good romance with that? Nope. You probably won't like this one. For the rest of you, I doubt this is the book for you.
3 stars. I enjoyed this book to a good degree while I was reading it, but despite what I liked, and bearing its faults in mind, I probably won't read it again. It was worth the read though!
Posted April 14, 2013
Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon was a strange read, to say the least. I will admit that I was confused for the longest time. I didn’t really understand what was going on with this group of kids, and don’t really find out until near the end. So for the duration of the read, there was a lot of head scratching and trying to figure out where all of this was leading to.
But I did find myself feeling very anxious for these teens. Can you imagine waking up and finding yourself not where you were last? That’s exactly what happens to these characters. Declan last remembers himself looking down the barrel of a gun in Ireland, and then poof, he wakes up in a strange hospital type setting in America of all places. Sophie was on her death bed, ready to accept her fate when the cancer ate away at her body…but rather than be dead, she finds herself in a different hospital bed, and feeling better than she has felt in the longest time. And Anat…escaping through some sort of underground tunnel in Israel, to secretly be with the man that she loves, only to find herself also in the confines of this institution, surround by teens who seem to do nothing but annoy her!
Along with three others that they find at stranded with them in this hospital (Zain, Yosh, and Nico) the six of them team up to find a way to get out of the building and find their way to their families and loved ones. Unfortunately for some, they are further away from home than they expected. And the world doesn’t seem to be the way that they last remember.
There doesn’t appear to be any other humans around! No matter how far they travel, they don’t come across another living soul. As these kids try to figure out what happened to the world while they were sleeping, it seems that they aren’t quite as alone as they thought. And it also appears that they are being hunted by beings that are nothing like anything they have ever seen. And from the clues that they’ve found during their travels, these beasts will make a quick snack out of all of them.
No family, living breathing monsters, and a world population that seems to have just vanished, will this group of teens ever find out what exactly happened to the world, and what their fate will be?
Of all the characters found in Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon, my favorite would have to be Declan…with his Irish accent and his laugh out loud humor. I always looked forward to hearing what “words of wisdom” would come out of his mouth. But on the flip side, I really couldn’t stand Anat. With her self righteous, greater than thou attitude, I was NOT looking forward to continuing this adventure with her. But she is one tough chick, and her survival instincts are pretty bang on…and I will admit that should I EVER find myself in any kind of similar situation, I would want Anat to be on my side.
Apparently, this group of kids have found themselves in some sort of strange future. Yes, you heard me correctly. Somehow, they have all simultaneously traveled forward in time (20 years or so), but not only have they traveled into the future, they have also traveled into a parallel universe. Strange as it may seem, even reading the synopsis may make this all quite difficult to grasp. Thankfully, author, Michelle Gagnon, does a fantastic job in describing the events happening the book, as well as giving a very believable scientific explanation for what happened and what the consequences were.
So now, the big question really is, will these kids find a way back to their “time”, or will they end up being food for these pig snouted killing monsters who seem to have an appetite for human flesh (eep!).
You’ll have to check out the story to find out for yourself. Fans of time travel, the concept of parallel universes or multi-verses will completely devour this story. In the end, it actually makes you stop and think if any of this is possible. The way in which the events are described in Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon sure makes it seem like this could be true. And that totally freaks me out!