Description: When Iolani Bearse was five years old, she lost her father to war. When she was nine, her mother died in a freak car accident. When Lani was fourteen, eerie green lights invaded, tearing her from the only home she had left.
Living as a runaway, dragging a horse and her cousin Eleanor across the countryside, Lani must learn to survive. Now Lani is the only person between the horrible, greedy lights and the last bit of family she has left. Her own heart is barely beating, but powerful memories pull her to Malcolm St. John. She fights what she feels, buried deep within her shattered soul.
Malcolm St. John always held his feelings in, especially about Iolani. So when she shows up on his doorstep, desperate and determined, Mal must decide if the wild tales she spins are the fragments of insanity or the last hope for a dying nation. This Lani is different from the child he knew. Something is coming for her, for him, and will not be stopped
If the cousins and Malcolm can’t escape the grasping hunters who hound them, the future of a broken America will be destroyed. Everything Lani has ever loved will burn with them. Somehow, she must find a path through friendship and loyalty to save them all.
My Review I'll admit I was a little hesitant at first to jump into this book, mainly because I wasn't sure how the flies played a role and it seemed a little strange. But the reviews I read were good, so I bought the book and gave it a try. I was not at all disappointed. The author weaves a very believable, entertaining story.
The heroine, Lani, is a fifteen year-old girl dealing with a lot of pain at the loss of her parents, and some strange happenings at her grandparent's farm that make her the target of their anger and mistrust. As the story unfolds from here, we see these same strange happenings are occurring in other places. Lani must protect the family she has left as she journeys to find the one person she trusts, a childhood friend, Malcolm.
The author does an excellent job connecting emotionally; I could feel Lani's pain as she deals with death and other horrors. The reader can relate to her struggle to save her cousin and to survive in a changing world. Each character is well-developed, and the even the role the flies play is absolutely fascinating and quite believable.
My only criticism is that a few spots are slightly unbelievable in how the characters act, and I personally was caught off-guard by the ending. I think I would have preferred the book to end the chapter before. However, the author's talent in crafting an entertaining and highly imaginative tale makes it easy to forgive any small issues with the story. I was kept wondering what was going to happen next throughout the entire book, and found the final reveal to be quite satisfying.
Overall, this is a well-written, entertaining story for anyone who likes YA apocalyptic stories. I would certainly recommend you give this author a try.