Harbinger

Harbinger

by Sara Wilson Etienne

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ISBN-13: 9780142423936
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 02/07/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.68(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Sara Wilson Etienne (www.sarawilsonetienne.com) lives in Los Angeles, California. This is her first novel.

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Harbinger 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
While the world they live in is deteriorating, Faye is forced to move into Holbrook Academy, an isolated school meant to help “troubled kids”. Faye’s trouble is that she experiences very realistic visions that include the sea and waves coming for her and overtaking her. It’s interfering with her life and her dad takes her and abandons her at the school. The school isn’t what it seems and neither is the headmistress. Shortly after arriving at school the friends she is introduced to are swept up with her troubles as well. Stranger things start happening including a mysterious student that only Faye sees. Faye soon finds out that the schools outlying buildings are holding even more secrets. One part mystery with a lot of paranormal thrown in, Faye is trying to unravel it all. The beginning of the story started off a bit slow and I wasn’t quite sure where everything was going. The story throws you into their world without explanation. I found the fact that the world around them was dystopian to be just a side fact, it didn’t bear much importance on the story or the life they led at the school. The middle started to pick up speed and become more interesting. I liked the introduction of Kel and the mystery that surrounded him. The story doesn’t tell you too much about why the other kids are there, so you are left to wonder about that. As a few of them are major supporting characters, I wished that I would have known more. The last 50 pages was a disappointment for me. I was sad that this is where the story went. It felt like an easy way out, as if the story wasn’t planned out and this was the only way for the ending to be resolved. Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
renkellym on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Holbrook Academy is crazy. Sara Wilson Etienne really knows how to push our buttons; how to get us to fill up with outrage at what Faye is put through. I¿d call Harbringer an angry book¿one that¿s fun to get mad at because of the pure evilness of certain characters. Etienne¿s fictional future makes what goes on at the academy more feasible, so we¿re not left thinking to ourselves, ¿how did this place pass inspection?¿ The future that surrounds Faye is grim and strikingly realistic; it¿s clear the author put thought into realistic imaginings of a bleak tomorrow.Harbinger won¿t just make you frustrated for Faye, it¿ll give you some serious creeps. The ending of a certain chapter literally gave me chills. Sara Wilson Etienne has a firm grasp on how to write a scary story¿but one not so scary that you¿ll put the book down. The mystery surrounding Faye is genuinely perplexing, and you¿ll find yourself eager to figure out what her visions are all about.Faye starts off as more of an observer than anything else¿a person whose eyes show us the facets of Holbrook Academy¿but eventually her hardened exterior cracks, and we get to see the girl within. She¿s tough and incredibly brave. Though Faye isn¿t snarky or outgoing like most paranormal protagonists, we build up a fondness for her quiet strength. I¿m a big fan of Faye because of her ability to weather whatever life throws at her.If you¿re looking for a slightly scary, super creepy thriller, you should definitely check out Harbinger. It exceeded my expectations and turned out to be a fantastic read!
HarkiQuinn on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Yes yes yes, "never judge a book by its cover," I know, I know. But can we just PLEASE sit here for a minute and appreciate that AMAZING artwork. LOOK AT IT. Sara Etienne's debut novel will knock your socks off. I'm serious. Etienne's mastery of storytelling and remarkable characters will not allow you to put this book down, and if you do, you're stuck wondering how it's all going to end. Faye is tricked by her parents into enrolling into Holbrook Academy which caters to students who are "special." Faye's talent is that she has visions. She can see into your past just by making eye contact which causes people to grow nervous around her. At Holbrook, she is able to find a group of peers who accept her as they struggle to figure out the mystery behind their crimson strained hands. This plot will have you reading until you get closure. There is no guessing what is going to happen next, you think you know what's going on and then the author throws you for a loop which is just fine with me. While the "finding comfort in dead animal bones" is not as prominent in the plot as the blurb makes it out to be, the plot is still interesting and confusing, but a good confusing. Sara captures Faye's voice perfectly through the use of the first person narrative. The readers are able to understand her desire to rebel, the feelings she has for the mysterious Kel, and how her visions are affecting her. Faye often experiences the feeling of being taken over by tidal waves which is portrayed so vividly that the action does not sound imaginary at all. There are other instances where you the reader are right along Faye as she comes to terms between what is right and what is wrong, and you're just as distraught as she is. About 60 pages into the novel, I had this fear that Sara would gloss over the secondary characters in this novel, thankfully she doesn't. We get background information on nearly on all of the characters, even the ones that play the antagonist role, which really makes the reader see this world in shades of gray instead of black and white. Faye's group of friends are interesting and they each have a distinct voice whether it is vegetarian Maya or Comic-Con enthusiast Zach. The romance wasn't overbearing, it did not steal from the overall plot. Kel was an engaging and mysterious character who excites Faye and scares her at the same time because he is hiding something as well. Their romance is very secondary to the mystery of Holbrook but still ever present. During my read, I did find myself confused at times, not because of the plot but rather the writing style. I felt that some of the connecting dots were missing. There was instances where I had to flip back a page or two to make sure I didn't miss anything, and then infer what happened between actions. Also the entire novel takes place in one week which is a LOT of action to occur in such a short period of time. When I was reading I assumed that the novel took place over at least a month. I feel like that was entirely way too much action to jam into one short week. Overall Harbinger was refreshingly unique with a plot that will captivate you. I strongly urge you all to look for this novel when it hits shelves in February. Many thanks to Sara for sending me a copy, it was a great read!I recommend this novel for fans of young adult mysteries, and those who enjoy stories told in a school setting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Found this book wheh my nook died.... So happy I did. Cannot wait gor the sequel... read it in two days. Could not put it down
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foreverablackjack More than 1 year ago
one of the best books i have read
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Nikkayme More than 1 year ago
Words cannot adequately describe Harbinger because the book is an explosion of misleading statements and confusing events. The entire time I was reading it, I was attempting to sort out one clue from the next, constantly wavering between fiction and reality. Sara Wilson Etienne has crafted an incredible, phenomenal, and radically unique debut that will mess with your mind and open your eyes. It’s part disturbing – it takes place in some future world where cities are full of savagery and scarcity runs rampant – part sexy – Kel is mysterious and dangerous, but definitely has a side of yummy to him – and all-absorbing. Etienne’s storytelling has fast-paced moments, character depth, and a history that is as unpredictable as it is complex. From the very first page, readers will be taken by Faye, curious about Holbrook, and fearful of what the future holds. The creepy undertones, the nightmares, and looming unknown add this tension to the book that made me furiously turn the pages, desperate for more. The mystery behind Faye and her new Family’s blood-stained hands is ever evolving. One answer only leads to more questions and I was eager to know more. Harbinger is a bold debut from a hugely talented author. Each and every character has a purpose in the story and wow, is it quite the story! The twists are unexpected and the mystery ever-evolving. Readers will eat it up.
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