Taylor is leader of the boarders at the Jellicoe School. She has to keep the upper hand in the territory wars and deal with Jonah Griggs – the enigmatic leader of the cadets, and someone she thought she would never see again.
And now Hannah, the person Taylor had come to rely on, has disappeared. Taylor’s only clue is a manuscript about five kids who lived in Jellicoe eighteen years ago. She needs to find out more, but this means confronting her own story, making sense of her strange, recurring dream, and finding her mother – who abandoned her on the Jellicoe Road.
Seriously, why does this chick have such a major chip on her shoulder? Why does everyone and everything annoy her so very much? Taylor is very much a bitch in this book and it annoyed me to no end! She treats poor Hannah (and pretty much everyone) like poo, then spends an enormous amount of time lamenting her absence when she disappears for a while.
And this author really likes the word feral. It’s used to describe no less than three characters not to mention and old cat. For much of the book I didn’t get the point of the territory wars that the townies, school kids, and cadets are involved in. This whole concept was confusing, boring, and really unimportant until the origins behind how the territory wars got started is finally explained.
I have to admit the first half of this book almost lost me. It was confusing, disjointed, and frankly boring. It wasn’t until Taylor began to understand and unravel the mystery of her past that this book got interesting. While I enjoyed the mystery and Taylor discovering events of the past and how they connected to and shaped her life, I would warn those who haven’t read it yet that the beginning could be challenging to get through.
I find that I couldn’t connect to the main character in this book. She was unjustifiably an asshole to those around her. But I really loved the supporting cast.
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