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The Bodies We Wear

The Bodies We Wear

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by Jeyn Roberts

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A streetwise girl trains to take on a gang of drug dealers and avenge her best friend’s death in this thriller for fans of Scott Westerfeld and Robin Wasserman.
Heam: It’s the hottest drug around. Users are able to see Heaven—a place so beautiful, so indescribably serene, many people never want to come back. And some


A streetwise girl trains to take on a gang of drug dealers and avenge her best friend’s death in this thriller for fans of Scott Westerfeld and Robin Wasserman.
Heam: It’s the hottest drug around. Users are able to see Heaven—a place so beautiful, so indescribably serene, many people never want to come back. And some don’t, like Faye’s best friend, Christian. But when Faye was forced to take Heam, she didn’t see Heaven; she saw Hell. And now she spends her nights training to take revenge on the men who destroyed her future and murdered Christian. When a mysterious young man named Chael appears, Faye’s plans suddenly get a lot more complicated.
Love and Death. Will Faye overcome her desires, or will her quest for revenge consume her?

Editorial Reviews

VOYA, October 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 4) - Elizabeth Norton
Faye’s life ended six years ago, when drug dealers forced her and her best friend, Christian, to take Heam, a powerful hallucinogenic drug. It only takes one hit to get addicted to Heam, and the body has to literally die in order to process it. Christian did not come back from his hit, and though Faye survived, she has dealt with the consequences and addiction ever since. Since Heam addicts are not allowed to get jobs or attend college, she figures that all that is left for her is to take revenge on the men who killed Christian before she commits suicide. As Faye closes in on her revenge, a mysterious boy named Chael appears; he looks exactly like Christian and tries to show her that there is more to life than her rage. Dark and gritty realism blends with a twist of urban fantasy in this richly atmospheric novel. Though Heam is a fictional drug, Roberts uses it to deal effectively with the real problems faced by addicts and their families. Faye is not a very likeable heroine. Single-mindedly bent on revenge, she comes across as whiny and ungrateful for her second chance at life. Chael appears in different forms to different people, a fact that is explained only in part. Purchase for large collections or where dark, urban fantasy is popular. Reviewer: Elizabeth Norton; Ages 15 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
Faye, forced to become a drug addict at 11, now craves revenge against the men who first fed her Heam. Heam, or Heaven's Dream, functionally kills its users, allowing them a glimpse of what appears to be heaven. When drug dealers seeking to punish Faye's father force-fed the drug to Faye and her friend Christian, Faye saw a hellish vision instead. Her chest covered in the red web of scars that mark survivors of a Heam overdose, Faye has spent the past several years becoming a skilled fighter in hopes of murdering the men she holds responsible for her downfall. Faye meets three people—a young Heam user, the sister of a missing Heam addict and a mysterious boy who pops up every time Faye follows her targets—and she begins to question whether revenge is truly the right course of action. The worldbuilding can be one-note: Readers learn a lot about Heam addiction and discrimination against Heam users, but no other drugs or stigmas seem to exist. Faye's experience of addiction is also unconvincing. She tells readers that she craves the drug, but only rarely is there evidence of this. Faye's relationships, however, romantic and otherwise, are compellingly drawn, and the plot is fast-moving and well-structured. Not perfectly constructed, but Faye's strong yet flawed character is worth getting to know. (Faye's training schedule, watchwords, playlist) (Fiction. 14-18)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—An intriguing but faulty exploration of addiction set against the backdrop of a not-so-distant future. Forced to overdose on Heam—a synthetic drug that offers users a glimpse of heaven—to pay off her father's debts when she was 11, 16-year-old Faye is bent on making her attackers pay for their crimes, especially the death of her best friend Christian, who tried to defend her that fateful day. Adopted and trained by a former cop with secrets of his own, the teen is treated like a pariah and must follow stringent rules at her private school because of the inherent prejudice against all Heam users. Permanently addicted to the drug, Faye fights off the urge to get high as she hunts down the hoodlums responsible for her tortured existence. A mysterious stranger named Chael, who seems to know her better than she knows herself, and a new friend at school, have given her hope for a possible future without guilt and loneliness. The interesting premise and initial strong world-building, including heavy ruminations on the existence of heaven and hell, gives way to inconsistent characterization, gaping plot holes, and lengthy preachy monologues on revenge and the difference between good and evil in this haphazard YA novel. The tepid romance and the often cringe-worthy dialogue will leave readers uninspired and unsatisfied.—Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal

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Random House Children's Books
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5.80(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.30(d)
HL600L (what's this?)
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14 Years

Meet the Author

Jeyn Roberts is the author of the acclaimed novels Dark Inside and Rage Within. Born in Saskatchewan, she graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in writing and psychology and received her MA from the prestigious creative writing graduate course at Bath Spa University. She lives in Vancouver, Canada.

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The Bodies We Wear 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SezjbSB More than 1 year ago
The Bodies We Wear is ultimately a story about revenge, of Faye who at the age of eleven was forced to take the drug Heam, which shuts your body down for a brief time, almost deathlike, if you're lucky you live or the other outcome is death, whilst under this drug high you purportedly glimpse heaven. This is not so for Faye who sees hell and believes that's where she's headed, when her best-friend Christian is also forced to consume the drug he is not so lucky and he dies, vowing to avenge his death she's spent the last six years learning to fight and trailing her assailants of that fateful night all those years ago, so that when the time comes she'll kill them all. It's while out keeping tabs on the ringleader Rufus one night that she meets Chael, a good looking guy her age who seems familiar, he also seems to know an awful lot about her, and when we find out why that is, it will shock you completely, and will change the direction of the story we thought we were getting. Living with her guardian Gazer, she attends school on a scholarship, but people like Faye who have overdosed on Heam are ostracised, and although the school forbids the students from knowing anything about her, they have rules she has to follow including no fraternising with other students or else she will be kicked out, and with no other school willing to take her, she needs to be on her best behaviour at all times, to graduate and prove to the faculty that just because she overdosed doesn't mean she can't try to make something of herself. This was a very interesting and captivating story, almost like a dystopian with its world under the grip of the Heam epidemic with no law enforcement able to control the dealers or stop the distribution of the drug, with a smidgeon of paranormal all set in a contemporary setting. I'm excited to see where this series goes, once you pick this book up it's almost as addictive as Heam, and way too hard to put down, very, very enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Meh. Not at all as good as Dark Inside. But still an interesting enough story line. It taught good morals ( . . . well sort of). But it kept me interested and the romance was sweet. But the the plot was kind of confusing and did not have much of an explanation. I do know that the main character was confused herself about what happened as well but it I would have liked it if it gave even just a bare minimum of explanation. I was also not that happy with only the occasional mention of her desire for the drug. I mean she herself said that at every moment of an addicts life they thought about the drug. But she only mentioned her own desire for it about three times during the book. I am sorry if you disagree but this is my opinon. So any of you know I do love this author's other two books with all my heart but I did enjoy this one significantly less.