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My name is Amanda, I'm 15 years old, and I (obviously) love to read. I mainly read young adult, but I read the occasional adult fiction or middle-grade. I make YouTube videos about books, as well.

Review: Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne

Harbinger - Sara Wilson Etienne

What did I just read, exactly?

Harbinger is a very unique book. I doubt I will ever read a book even remotely similar to this. It's about an academy for the "crazies and delinquents" and it takes place in a dystopian/post-apocolyptic-ish world. Main character Faye is able to read minds upon eye contact and has hallucinations of floods. Every morning, her and her Holbrook Family wake up with their hands dyed brownish red and a creepily familiar drawing on the floor. So...what's going on?

I absolutely LOVED the first half of the book. It was crazy and thrilling and I just needed to know what was causing all of this...weirdness at Holbrook Academy. However, the last 100 pages of Harbinger were super confusing. Honestly, I was lost after chapter 25-ish (out of 36). I understood what was going on, but I didn't really get why. I saw that some other people were super confuzzled also, so I'm happy that I'm not the only one! 

Also, their was a major case of insta-love. By the end of the book, Faye mentions that everyone arrived at Holbrook just one week before that point in the story. Two pages later, in the same scene, she mentioned she loved Kel more than she loved life. I liked Kel, really, I did. But Faye and Kel were completely in love after less than two conversations they had in less than a week. I find that not only really unlikely, but really annoying.

Overall, if this book was actually understandable, I probably would have given it 4/5 stars. It seemed like it was going to be a really cool psychological thriller. It probably was for some people (the people who could make sense out of it). I really did enjoy the parts of it that I could understand, but I wish some things were explained a little bit better.