So as you all know, I've been reading Jason Bovberg's masterpiece of a novel, Blood Red, and I finished it late last night.
Now that I'm up, I wrote a review about it.
Okay, Rachel is in her late teens, and when she wakes up one day, her world is red.
From the beginning, Jason Bovberg's story is dripping with this mortifying, dark atmosphere: Rachel's home town (and the rest of the world) is no longer what it was. A red sky hangs over everything, and to her growing horror, those she spoke to just a day before, whether it were lovingly or not, are all dead.
A red light pulses from beneath their skin, in their heads, and it is this red light's...journey that had me holding my breath throughout the whole novel.
This red light is causing weird changes in these corpses, the breath-holding anticipation for when things hit the fan at last is heavy on every page.
And the pay off is smart, gripping, and does not disappoint.
But at its heart, this is a story about a daughter and her father. The coming of age tale of a young woman coming to grips with a changing world without her father will strike a chord with any young adult, yet the book is written in such a brilliant way that any 'adult' can read it and be engrossed.
A great dash of horror, of anticipation, of familial love, and of the imminent hopelessness when one can't see how to get out of a completely foreign situation makes this book 5 star worthy for me.
I greatly look forward to Jason's next book in the Blood Red series, Draw Blood.