Saturday, June 6, 2015

Transfixion by J. Giambrone - Book Review

**I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

Transfixion is a young adult, post-apocalyptic novel that, when I read the premise, reminded me a bit of Cell by Stephen King. Unfortunately for me, at least, it just didn't seem to be executed as well as it probably could have been.

Transfixion starts off with a bit of a bang and doesn't really let up until the very end. The main character, Kaylee, is having a normal day, chatting with her mother about a book she's obsessed with. Everything seems to be fine until a strange noise starts emanating from upstairs. When Kaylee's brother joins them downstairs, all hell breaks loose. Kaylee, however, seems almost indifferent to everything at first. She eventually realizes things are really, really wrong, and she has to try and figure out just what is going on and why.

Is she able to uncover the truth behind the mysterious noise? Does she survive in a world gone mad? You'll have to read the book to find out.

First off, I'd like to say that I really wanted to love this book. It had a great idea, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations, I guess. I did like parts of it, and I thought it did have some potential, but it sort of fell flat for me.

Kaylee is a bit of an annoying character. I didn't really like her that much. She's obsessed with this book series, which isn't a bad thing, but it seems to be the only thing she cares about, even when things start getting crazy. Eventually the book is forgotten, but I thought it was a bit much.

She also turns into a mute very early on. I mean, I guess after what she witnessed and went through, it sort of makes sense. Like she went into shock and refusing to talk was her way of dealing with the trauma or something. I just found it frustrating. I even forgot she could talk for a while there as I was reading because she goes so long without speaking.

The other survivors Kaylee meets up with as she tries to figure out what's going on are all kind of...rude. They treat her like a child, and even though she's acting like one in a way, I don't think she deserves to be treated the way they treat her.

Plot-wise, I felt the book was actually kind of slow, even though it just jumped right into things. I was left with a lot of questions throughout the book, and even by the end, I was still confused and unsure about a lot of things. I was expecting a little more, and I felt a bit let down.

Overall, I'd rate Transfixion as a three star book. It does have potential, but it's not really something I enjoyed as much as I thought I would. If you're into post-apocalyptic stories, though, pick up a copy and give it a whirl. You may like it more than I did.


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