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Blurb (from Goodreads):
Seven tightly interwoven narratives. Three harrowing hours. One fateful day that changes everything.
Delaware, the morning of April 19. Senior Skip Day, and April Donovan’s eighteenth birthday. Four days after the Boston Marathon bombing, the country is still reeling, and April’s rare memory condition has her recounting all the tragedies that have cursed her birth month. And just what was that mysterious gathering under the bleachers about? Meanwhile, in Nebraska, Lincoln Evans struggles to pay attention in Honors English, distracted by the enigmatic presence of Laura Echols, capturer of his heart. His teacher tries to hold her class’s interest, but she can’t keep her mind off what Adrian George told her earlier. Over in Idaho, Phoebe is having second thoughts about the Plan mere hours before the start of a cross-country ploy led by an Internet savant known as the Mastermind. Is all her heartache worth the cost of the Assassins’ machinations? The Light Fantastic is a tense, shocking, and beautifully wrought exploration of the pain and pathos of a generation of teenagers on the brink—and the hope of moving from shame and isolation into the light of redemption.
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
This started out okay, but I lost interest.
There were several main characters in this – April who had a memory condition which allowed her to remember her entire life, Lincoln who used to be friends with April but moved away, a teacher, a couple of Aprils friends, and some of the people behind the coordinated attack which was due to take place.
The storyline in this jumped about all over the place following all the different characters, and for the longest time it just felt like nothing was happening at all, and I really lost interest. We had April and her friends not doing much, and Lincoln and his friend not doing much, the teacher not doing much, and Phoebe (one of the attackers) also not doing much and I got really quite bored. I also had problems knowing which character we were following at times, and how things fitted together.
I do think other people might appreciate this book, but it really didn’t do it for me.
5 out of 10