Monday, 18 May 2015

Hold (Hold & Hide #1) by Marilyn Grey

Blurb (from Goodreads):
This isn't your typical dystopian, because Claire Connelly is not your typical girl. She's smart, compassionate, and ... weak. But that very weakness, she's told, is her biggest strength. Along with hundreds of other twins, Claire and Audrey are sent away to an experiment where strange things happen. The television talks to them and she has a name. The little box in the corner glows when it's time for a daily blood draw. And memories blur and disappear, distorting reality more and more each day. As Claire struggles to discover the purpose of the experiments, she loses pieces of herself and just as she feels an urge to fight back ... she's left with a choice that will define her future in ways she doesn't want to be defined. In ways that will ruin her and everything she is. There's no way out for Claire Connelly, but she's determined to find one.

You've Been Warned! This dystopian novella is the first part of a two book psychological ride and DOES include a cliffhanger. HIDE, the full length sequel, will be released late spring 2015.

Hold by Marilyn Grey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hold (Hold & Hide #1) “Each time the door beeps the speaker next to your bed will provide directions. Meal times are not always consistent, so please do not expect a pattern. Listen to all directions closely.”

This was a very strange book.

I did like Claire as a character, and I felt really sorry for her in the way she was treated like dirt whilst her parents worshipped her twin sister. I can’t be sure that that behaviour wasn’t how they’d been ordered to behave though?? Anyway, I did feel sorry for Claire, and all the other teens forced into this crazy testing business. Really not very nice!

“Yesterday we had to stay calm in a box filled with spiders and, well, that one freaked me out a little.”

The storyline seemed straight-forward enough, until the experiments started that is. Once the experiments started it was very hard to know what was real and what wasn’t, and why the heck these people were doing what they were doing. Some of these ‘tests’ weren’t very nice either, and being forced to kill an animal, or even kill a person, was very strange.

“Each one of us needed to kill an animal with no weapons, then skin it without any knives. He told us we could pick the animal, as though it were some kind of privilege to do so.”

There was a little bit of romance in this, but not a lot. I liked that Claire had Blake though, and I think even the idea of him grounded her a bit.

“I listened to his orders, but walked as slow as possible, turning back every few seconds to see Blake.”

The ending to this was, as warned, a huge cliff-hanger. Looks like we’ll be waiting until June to find out what happens next!

“She had my heart, right there in the centre of her chest where I aimed my gun.”

6.25 out of 10

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