Synopsis from Goodreads
Dying sucks–and high school senior Ember McWilliams knows firsthand. After a fatal car accident, her gifted little sister brought her back. Now anything Ember touches dies. And that, well, really blows.
Ember operates on a no-touch policy with all living things–including boys. When Hayden Cromwell shows up, quoting Oscar Wilde and claiming her curse is a gift, she thinks he’s a crazed cutie. But when he tells her he can help control it, she’s more than interested. There’s just one catch: Ember has to trust Hayden’s adopted father, a man she’s sure has sinister reasons for collecting children whose abilities even weird her out. However, she’s willing to do anything to hold her sister’s hand again. And hell, she’d also like to be able to kiss Hayden. Who wouldn’t?
But when Ember learns the accident that turned her into a freak may not have been an accident at all, she’s not sure who to trust. Someone wanted her dead, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she is to losing not only her heart, but her life. For real this time.
Secret societies, government conspiracy theories, a brooding hot boy and an array of supernatural powers. I am so there 😀
Told in first person narrative from the point of view of Ember. She’s been taking care of her 5 year old sister, Olivia, for the past 2 years following the car accident that killed her father and her mothers subsequent withdrawal. Olivia has the ability to bring things back to life; in fact she brought Ember back after the car accident, activating Ember’s own ability to kill with her touch.
Ember’s love for her sister emanates from the pages; her despair at not being able to touch anything without gloves on, her lack of self confidence due to her scars and peoples reactions to her all endeared Ember to me. I wanted to protect her, to take away some of he responsibilities she shoulders without complaint. Ember has had to build emotional barriers around herself in order to cope with all these aspects of her life. It makes her reluctant to trust people, so when Hayden shows up and relocates her family with his father, Jonathan Cromwell, Ember is understandably mistrustful.
Even living among other people with abilities Ember is still an outsider because her ability can kill and she has no control over it. Ember is very astute but her misgivings are dismissed as paranoia, making her feel even more of an outcast. The air of secrecy surrounding all aspects of the plot provides a fast flowing tension throughout the book.
Hayden is a very intense character, his back story is revealed slowly and provides a great deal of understanding to his personality. He is irresistibly drawn to Ember, they have a connection that even they don’t fully understand. While I liked Ember and Hayden I have to say that I’m not as attached to them as the other characters Jennifer has created.
I did think the ‘bad guy’ was obvious from the beginning but the motivations and revelations were a brilliant addition to the plot but have left me wanting so much more. There are so many things left unanswered, I NEED MORE.