In the tradition of Memento and Inception comes a thrilling and scary young adult novel about blurred reality where characters in a story find that a deadly and horrifying world exists in the space between the written lines.
Seventeen-year-old Emma Lindsay has problems: a head full of metal, no parents, a crazy artist for a guardian whom a stroke has turned into a vegetable, and all those times when she blinks away, dropping into other lives so ghostly and surreal it's as if the story of her life bleeds into theirs. But one thing Emma has never doubted is that she's real.
Then she writes "White Space," a story about these kids stranded in a spooky house during a blizzard.
Unfortunately, "White Space" turns out to be a dead ringer for part of an unfinished novel by a long-dead writer. The manuscript, which she's never seen, is a loopy Matrix meets Inkheart story in which characters fall out of different books and jump off the page. Thing is, when Emma blinks, she might be doing the same and, before long, she's dropped into the very story she thought she'd written. Trapped in a weird, snow-choked valley, Emma meets other kids with dark secrets and strange abilities: Eric, Casey, Bode, Rima, and a very special little girl, Lizzie. What they discover is that they--and Emma--may be nothing more than characters written into being from an alternative universe for a very specific purpose.
Now what they must uncover is why they've been brought to this place--a world between the lines where parallel realities are created and destroyed and nightmares are written--before someone pens their end.
I’ve seen countless reviews on this novel saying that it was way too confusing for them so they just decided to DNF it. Let me just say, this book was very confusing for about the first 400 pages, but I’m pretty sure that the author intended it to be this way, because towards the end all the answers are revealed to the reader and it all suddenly makes sense. If you’re going to read this book, take the confusion with ease and let it twist your mind, because in the end, it will all make sense.
The characters were really great. I have to say that my favorite character would probably be Emma or Eric, just because they were the best. Lizzie was a bit odd and confusing and she definitely didn’t talk like a five year old, but then again this book wasn’t really realistic so those boundaries could be pushed.
This book was extremely gory. Bick is not afraid to scare you to the point where you have trouble falling asleep at night. Some scenes in this book were extremely graphic and horrific, though Bick does a great job with these scenes. She leaves nothing out. Even though it’s gross, it’s a huge part of the story.
Upon finishing this book, I’m still trying to understand what happened. All I know is that I’m extremely looking forward to reading the next book, especially after that ending. I am just hoping that all of the characters will be in the next book because I want to read more about this gang of characters!
Have you read this book? I’d love to hear your thoughts!