Scorched - YA Review by AJ G

Reader:  AJ G
Age: 17
Title: Scorched
Author: Mari Mancusi
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pub Date: 09/03/13
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: This book wasn't bad, but it also wasn't good. It seemed like the author had a lot of interesting ideas, but didn't know how to put them all together quite yet. It seemed like The Hunger Games, but before the end  of the world, which was caused by Jurassic Park, except with dragons instead of dinosaurs, and the girl caused the apocalypse, and the two love interests were twins from the future who were locked in an ideological war with each other. Plus telepathy. So not a super strong plot, but at times there was very strong character voice, and it was super funny, because almost every character was really sarcastic, which I love.
Memorable or Forgettable:  I think the characters were all really forgettable. They were all rehashings of character archetypes we've seen countless times before. Trinity was like a less independent version of Katniss. Throughout the book the author tries to make her seem independent, but she still depends heavily on both of the twins to save her, and can't decide between them. Connor is the classic knight in shining armor, torn between duty and love. Caleb is the troubled soul, who gets saved by the girl. And Trinity's grandpa is the bumbling adult. None of them had any original personality traits. The only reason to remember this book is the dragons.
Cover: I think the cover is certainly vibrant and it will stand out on the shelf. But I think it's really unrelated to the book, sine the dragon is in it's egg for most of the story. The egg is described as being really beautiful, and I would've loved to see it on the cover, more than the comic book drawing that is currently there.
Age Range: 12 through 17
Quality: 3Q Readable
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal

tags:  fantasy / time travel / dragon mythology / ya lit

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