Black Helicopters - YA Review by Sophie D

Reader: Sophie D
Age: 17
Title: Black Helicopters
Author: Blythe Woolston
Publisher: Candelwick Press
Pub Date: 03/26/13
Galley: Yes
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: I was entranced by this book. It's harsh, and hard to follow, and only the bare minimum is explained. It is really like living inside Valkyrie's head. It's hard to tell exactly where it's set, or who the people she is living with are, or who the villains are, or what the mission of her father is, but for some reason that makes the story more realistic. The way the author chooses not to reveal details makes you keep on reading, because you want to know whether you're ever going to find out what's going on.
Memorable or Forgettable: I don't think I've ever read a book like this before. It was an action book, a tale of survival, and a mystery all rolled into one. The character's voice, too, is what made the book really memorable for me. I still can't decide whether she was a hero or a villain, or if as readers we are supposed to sympathize with her or not. She had a cold, calculating way of thinking, and that was very interesting to read.
Cover: I really like the cover. It's simple, but it stands out, and once you look closer, it grabs your attention and pulls you in.
Age Range: 14 through 17
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
Annotation: Valkyrie has no home. Those People took it from her. But she has her brother, or at least what he's become. And she has one last mission left from her father. One last mission to prove what she can do.

tags:  suicide bomber / mystery / thriller / BFYA nominee / ya lit

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