You know I’m a sucker for the apocalypse.
I’m also a sucker for new spins on the apocalypse, and The Colony by Kathleen Groger?
It is definitely that.
Okay, so I know you probably hate it when I do this to you, but I have to tell you about this book. (By ‘this’, I mean sing a book’s praises a couple of months before it actually gets released. It’s not actually out till April 4. But you can pre-order this baby for the magic Amazon delivery that happens on go day and be wonderfully surprised by the book mysteriously showing up on your Kindle or in your mailbox. Because books showing up out of the blue is The Best. Thing. Ever.)
Having said that, listen.
You know me. You know I’m not a big fan of straight romance novels. I want my stories to have some meat. But I have to admit I’m kinda a sucker for all things Cinderella. We won’t talk about the various different versions of the story I have on DVD or some book format. It’s freaking embarrassing, okay?
Having said That, Geekerella has become one of my very favorites.
Oh, the last line of this book.
You have to read this book just for the last line.
Zander is sent to a camp for kids with ‘heightened emotional and mental states,’ or, in the words of the campers, a camp for crazies. But this isn’t just a book a book about a bunch of crazy teenagers. It’s a true literary treasure.
We start the story not knowing why Zander is at the camp, but neither do any of the other campers. When Zander begins to connect with some very eccentric characters–Grover Cleveland, Alex Trebek, and (most importantly) Cassie–we learn more about her along with them. And we learn more about them along with her. These characters are so complex and real and raw. All the problems a teenager might have to deal with are dealt with here: death, suicide, body image, loneliness, attention-seeking–all the things.
Sometimes other bloggers or friends get the chance to tell me about a book I’ve never read. I know. It happens more often than you’d think. This week, my good friend Katie from Storybook Ancestor (and author of the Wayfaring Sisters series) is getting to do that for all of us. Because she offered to review Seedfolks for you guys, and I’ve never read it. Imagine how exited I now am to get my hands on this book. You will be, too.