All flights cancelled due to multiple plane crashes with birds? After her dismal performance at the national tournament, now her debate partner David will be stuck with Reese even longer, as they drive from Phoenix to San Francisco – and it all goes crazy.
Speeding across the Nevada desert near Area 51, their rental car flips when a bird flies into it, and the teens wake up 27 days later in a secret military hospital. Confidentiality statements signed, they’re taken home to their very anxious parents, and Reese’s dreams (or nightmares) begin.
She sees doctors from the secret hospital in town – or does she? David doesn’t call her anymore – did he ever realize that Reese had a crush on him? These dreams of dripping yellow, of a red here, a red there – after-effects of the concussion?
Meeting Amber was a welcome change, with her punky pink hair and her see-it-all attitude for the city she’s visiting while she apartment-sits for her uncle. Reese is a bit mystified that Amber is attracted to such an average person as herself, but relishes the attention and affection.
Her best friend Julian helps Reese paint her bedroom to match the glossy reds and yellows of her dream-nightmare-dream, asks her more about Amber than she really knows, and answers the call for help when David finally contacts her to discuss his dreams, the same dreams, the same doctors seen where they shouldn’t be.
How could her scars heal so quickly? Is Amber more than she seems? Has their relationship gone too far, too fast? Why are those doctors following Reese and David?
The city is different without bird song, without any birds anywhere…
Recommended by: Katy Manck, Librarian-at-Large (retired academic/corporate/school librarian), Gilmer, Texas, USA – blogging young adult books beyond the bestsellers at http://BooksYALove.blogspot.com
Mass chaos breaks out after a series of bird related plane crashes kills passengers all over North America. Away at a debate competition, Reese and David rent a car with their coach in order to get home since they can no longer fly.
However, after something goes terribly wrong and their car crashes, Reese wakes up 27 days later in a classified medical facility. Unaware of what type of treatment she has received and unable to talk about it because of a nondisclosure agreement she is forced to sign, Reese is skeptical about returning to her normal life. While people all around her are concerned the unsolved plane crashes are part of a government cover-up at Area 51, Reese is trying to cope with her feelings for David her debate partner, and a new girl Reese meets and feels a strange attraction to. Are the conspiracies true? What happened to Reese and David at the classified facility? Why have her scars healed so fast? Is Reese being watched and followed or is it all in her head? This sci-fi thriller with a romantic twist will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Recommended by: Carrie Shaurette, New York City Librarian, USA
Recommended grade 8-up. Girl on girl kissing. Reese questions whether or not she is gay, but realizes she likes David, too. She has a discussion with Julian about whether she might be bisexual. The Amber/Reese relationship does not go any place and it’s over before it begins. Since there are gay characters in most prime time network television shows, students will likely look past her brief “like” with Amber. No language. Some violence.
Recommended by: Pamela Thompson, Librarian, Texas USA