Novels in November: Resilient

Synopsis according to GoodReads:
"Livia has never felt like she fits in. As normal as it sounds, Livia is anything but ordinary. She can feel every emotion of every single person around her, and it’s maddening. In pursuit of some psychic quiet, she moves with her family from New York City to Whidbey Island in the lush and sleepy Pacific Northwest. But when a horseback riding accident in her new home gives her a broken leg that heals in a day, she finds that another unexplainable ability has manifested, and her life isn’t about to get any easier.

Adam has no problem fitting in and making friends. In fact, he’s the top of the school, the boy everyone knows and loves. However, people only see what he allows them to. No one knows what Adam is truly capable of. After witnessing Livia’s accident, Adam sees something intriguing in her quick recovery, something that gives him hope that he’s not alone.
Adam is the only one whose emotions Livia can’t read. Afraid of not knowing what goes on behind his dark eyes, Livia decides to keep him at a distance. Yet the more she tries to ignore him, the more alluring he becomes, and while their personal quests for identity will inevitably bring them closer together, it is the confirmation of what they really are that threatens to tear them apart.
Resilient, told in alternating point of views, is a gripping story of survival and romance, in which two teenagers face the consequences of being anything but normal."


Resilient is a mixed bag type of book. I had issues with the authenticity of voice, and style of writing (namely, lack of compounds in dialogue, and the fact that people go from zero to shouting, a lot). However, I really liked the concept, which entrenches itself firmly in supernatural mystery and doesn't take any easy trope out of it.


This book is pretty much the prequel to the next book- it sets up the world (contemporary, Washington state), the characters (namely Livia and Adam, who drive the tension and plot), and the abnormalities (Livia is a super-sensitive empath with a wide range of other 'powers', Adam is creepily manipulative in an incredibly subtle way...even to we the readers). Then it ends.


No, seriously, you start to think you know what's going on and -BAM!- the epilogue brings in an entirely new version of weird that extends the mystery from "guess we'll never know" to "wait...what?!"


I had a mixed reaction, given all that. I mistrusted Adam from the get-go, though he's not a bad character or villain, just a deeper portion of the overlying mystery. I never felt kinship with Livia, or sided much with her as a character. And I didn't understand most of the horse stuff, but I assume anyone with experience around horses would.


I recommend this one for fans of YA paranormal mysteries, comic books (I kept drawing unintentional parallels to X-Men characters), and book series (as I assume this mystery can't be fully answered in just ONE more book).  

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