Three Star Review: Beacon by Angela Brown
Author Provided Copy
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Released: November 20, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Length: 222 pages
Tsunamis reduced the USA into a shell of itself, called The Fold. Surviving humans and vampires joined forces to form The Colony, where registered citizens do as they're told. They donate blood quarterly and dream of being chosen as Attendees for the Jubilee celebrations, that is, everyone except Macie Breen. With high school graduation near, she’s anxious to ditch the rules in hopes of starting a new life with Thane, an unregistered and also her best friend. Her hopes fizzle when Macie is selected as an Attendee, forever registered. Any future with Thane…impossible. Being chosen comes with another unexpected price. Truths about The Colony blaze into ashes and lies when she discovers the vampires haven't kept their part of the bargain. Worst still, Macie’s life unravels as her stint in the city of Bliss forces her to face daunting truths about who, and what, she really is.
Review by Lissa:
I really wanted to love this story. It's not a surprise I'm a huge young adult fan. The story had imagination and creativity. I just think there was so much going on. You have Devil Spawn, Wights (Undead), you have Vampeers (Vampires), Humans, Angels, and Fae. All in just one book. I like when a writer makes their own spin on different mythical creatures, but I just didn't get into it.
The story follows Macie. Her parents had gone missing or dead after they became a Jubilee Attendee. Their in a Colony and have to follow all these rules. They also give blood to the Vampeers. She has her best friend Thane, who she loves.
She gets chosen to attend the same thing that her parents went to. She freaks out and doesn't want to go. But has no choice. She then learns that there's more to her, then she actually knows.
Macie does grow throughout the story. The characters are well developed.
I gave this book a three but more of 2.5 stars. The idea is good and it was written well. I just think it was too much for just one story.