Published by Jolly Fish Press on January 12th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, SciFi
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When 15-year-old twins Malcolm and Valentine Gilbert moved to a new town, they never imagined that the old house across the street could bring them so much trouble. Inside the old house, a secret machine with the power to pierce time has reawakened. Meanwhile, lightning storms are breaking out all over town. They re getting worse every week, and seem to enjoy striking kids who just want to pass science class and mind their own business. When Malcolm and Valentine discover a connection between the house and the storms, their situation goes from mysterious to crazy-stupid dangerous. Someone is controlling the great machine, and their purpose is nearly complete. In a race against time, the twins must uncover the chilling plan, the mastermind behind it, and the force that s driving the deadly storms. They ll hunt a powerful enemy that threatens their town s existence, and the only clues are written in the sky."
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Reading The Year of Lighting was like angering Zeus. (For some reason, I can’t find an angry Zeus gif. Only Poseidon or Hades. Boo.)
BUT YES. Imagine, lightning everywhere. I mean, a normal lightning on a stormy day is already scary enough. Imagine tons of lightning surrounding you. My God. I would legit cry. I mean, like WOAH. This book was just mindblowingly mindblowing. LIKE, BAM. BOOM. People actually DIE in this book. I’m sorry, but I honestly had the impression that this was a Hardy Boys kind of book, but BOY, WAS I WRONG. There are FIGHTS. Kickass fist fights. And destruction EVERYWHERE. Man, I wouldn’t live in that town.
To me, the book started out quite slow, in its introductory stage. But about 20%, it actually picked up its pace, especially as we were introduced to more side characters. John, Winter and Fred. The side characters are what made the book more livelier. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the two main characters – Valentine and Malcolm. But I wanted to see them socializing. Acting more like normal teenagers, instead of teens who knew that they’re about to fight people.
And then things got EVEEEN more interesting when we finally realized what was behind all the lightnings. Everything started to make sense, but gets even more scarier at the same time. I feared for literally all the characters because by then, I had already become attached to each one of them.
Certain scenes made me cry, I admit. The emotional feelings in this book were so raw, and real. AND AND guys, I think there’s a continuation HEHEHEHEHE.