- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Publish Date: January 8th 2013
- Read by: Allyson Ryan
- Source: Audiobook provided by Simon &Schuster Audio for review
If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble. The suspenseful first of four books from the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy.
Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.
What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode...and nine body bags in the snow.
The vision is everywhere—on billboards, television screens, windows—and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more she sees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember.
In this riveting start to a gripping series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann, Jules has to act—and act fast—to keep her vision from becoming reality.
I love a good suspenseful book and this one sounded really great. I really enjoyed how the visions seemed to intensify when it got more urgent and how it really reacted depending on how close Jules was to figuring it all out. Another thing that I enjoyed about this book was the family dynamic. The relationship that Jules had with her brother and sister was great. And then there is the whole thing where the boy she has been in love forever belongs to her family's rival! This also touches on mental issues which I thought was a great addition to the story too.
Jules was a character who I really enjoyed. She was flawed in a lot of ways, but it made her very easy to relate to. I loved how her brother Trey is her best friend, and how she will do anything for him or her younger sister Rowan. I feel bad when she starts to doubt her own sanity due to family history of mental issues. She thinks that she might be going insane when she keeps seeing this vision that no one else sees. She somehow knows that it's more than that though, and she really keeps fighting to save innocent lives whether anyone believes her or not. I think she is brave for coming out and telling Sawyer (her longtime love) about it, and her brother Trey. I also think that she is extremely selfless that she is willing to do whatever it takes to prevent the vision from turning out how it's supposed to. Her obsessiveness over Sawyer gets a bit annoying at times, and her little phrase of saying "Oh my Dogs" or "Thank the Dogs" really started to wear on me and it came to a point where I wanted to hit things when she would say it.
There is of course some bit of romance, but it's more Jules pining for Sawyer. Except Sawyer is her family rival and he won't give her the time of day. They used to be friends until their parents found out and forbid them from seeing each other. There are also a lot of secrets that their families are keeping from them too. I loved watching it all unravel. Why their families hate each other so much, the reason behind Jules fathers hoarding, why they can't just get over things and drop the family rivalry.
Now, my thoughts on the audio. I really loved the reader. I thought that she really captured Jules personality really well. She had the emotion and panic, and the little freak outs that Jules has. She vocalized Jules awkwardness, her snarkiness, and her when she is vulnerable. The reader really made me believe what Jules was going through. I honestly think that trying to read this book, I would have really been annoyed with Jules and not connected well. I don't do well with whiny, irritating characters, but I guess I understood her through the readers voice and things that would bother me didn't. I could also feel the urgency of the situation. I think that the audio was fabulous.
Overall I really enjoyed this story as a whole. The plot, the characters, and especially the emotion that the reader was able to bring to the audiobook. If you enjoy audiobook's and are a fan of psychological, suspense books, you should try this one out. It's a very fast listen being just over 5 hours. I flew through this one quickly and am looking forward to the next book.