Sunday, 5 February 2012

Waiting On Wednesday #8 - Above by Leah Bobet

'Waiting On' Wednesday is a meme borrowed from Jill at Breaking the Spine.
All I can say is: SPEECHLESS.
Simple, and stunning. I especially
love the golden colour...*sigh*

Today's book: Above by Leah Bobet
Publication date: April 1st, 2012  (Finally, one we don't have to wait too long for!)

Sumary from Goodreads: Matthew has loved Ariel from the moment he found her in the tunnels, her bee's wings falling away. They live in Safe, an underground refuge for those fleeing the city Above--like Whisper, who speaks to ghosts, and Jack Flash, who can shoot lightning from his fingers.
But one terrifying night, an old enemy invades Safe with an army of shadows, and only Matthew, Ariel, and a few friends escape Above. As Matthew unravels the mystery of Safe's history and the shadows' attack, he realizes he must find a way to remake his home--not just for himself, but for Ariel, who needs him more than ever before.

OK, you might not have heard too much about this one. But Waiting On Wednesday isn't just about those books that have been outrageously hyped and are walking that fine line between being totally unbelievable in a good way, and being totally unbelievable in a very, very bad way. I bet I'm not the only one but there who misses the days when discovering a new book that you hadn't heard of before that turned out to be incredible (as happened to me with Revolution, which quickly became and remains my favourite book ever). Maybe 'Above' can be the next one of those books....(except of course you ha a leetle bit of warning from me. But only so you can save up your money to buy it, of course.)

'Above' is gorgeously imagined -- the story of an underground community where a man with electricity in his fingertips or a girl who can shapeshift into a bee, can hide away, and what happens when those people are forced into the world, our world, Above. It has real things to say about insiders vs. outsiders, safety vs. risk, and how much we can be responsible for one another. And the romance between Matthew and Airel looks set to be gentle, slow, and beautiful - just the kind of break you might need from the undoubtedly amazing but slightly fast-paced romances that grace many YA novels right - while being surrounded by the gut-wrenching exit from Safe and the terror and adrenaline that comes with it for these misfits, these freaks that have been exiled from the only place they knew that held refuge for them.

I for one will be adding this to my TBR pile at the first opportunity!


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