Saturday, June 4, 2011
Wildefire by Karsten Knight
When I recently saw this book on another blog I had to go read the synopsis immediately. When I read the synopsis I knew that I HAD to read this book. And then... SURPRISE! It showed up in the mail about a week later from Simon & Schuster Canada (it's like they can read minds!). I started it within seconds of recieving it and could not believe all of the shocking twists and turns that the story took!
The cover is such a good representation of the main character and all of those around her. She was a burning, beautiful flower whilst most around her are dull and normal. I also really loved the colour scheme as it was purple and eye catching. My two favourite things in a cover. Did I mention I really want to grow flowers just like that now? Well, minus the fire and smoke.
The characters of Wildefire were all unique and featured depth. They all had very intricate relationships with each other, especially for a group of individuals who were could not be anymore different. That group of individuals went through some serious drama from the first time they were all thrown together. I was very much a fan of the diversity that this book demonstrated in cultures. You had everything from the California surfer to the Haitian boy to the Japanese girl, all of whom just want to leave their dark pasts behind them. When you throw all of these characters together you get a stew of personalities that make for an awesome cast of characters.
Oh my goodness, the ending! It was so freaking unexpected and awesome and I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT! The writing was fantastic and always kept me on my toes and brain. One fact I didn't like too much was how much swearing there was at times, but apart from that, I always enjoyed the style of writing that Karsten had. It was interesting because it was quite descriptive. The story kept going at a crazy pace, always twisting around and throwing curve balls at you when you least expected them. Did I mention the ending?
I think that Wildefire was an awesome debut for Karsten Knight and I will definately be getting the sequel and any other books he writes for that matter. Wildefire gets a huge 5/5 for being one of the best debuts I have ever read.