- Publisher: HarperTeen
- Publication date: 7/23/2013
- Source: eARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss
In this suspenseful teen thriller with a touch of the otherworldly, perfect for fans of Neal Shusterman, a boy goes over a waterfall and wakes up to find himself in a twisted version of the life he knew.
A shadowy figure. An intense roar. The sensation of falling—fast.
That’s all Callum Harris remembers from his tumble over the waterfall. But when he wakes up in a hospital bed and finds his best friend trying to kill him, Callum knows something is seriously wrong. Unfortunately for him, the mysteries are just getting started.
Why are his parents acting like he’s some big sports star all of a sudden? And why are all the buildings in town more run-down than Callum remembers? Worst of all...what happened to Callum’s brother? Either Callum has gone seriously crazy or something happened when he went over the falls. Something impossible. Callum needs answers, and now. Because in this twisted new version of the life Callum knew, his former best friend isn’t the only one who wants to see him dead.
Filled with mind-bending suspense and unsettling thrills, Undercurrent is a grippingly paced teen debut that will pull you under and never let go.
I love YA books told from a male POV. I really think there need to be more of them. Especially ones that the voice is so well done like this one was.I'm also really enjoying reading alternate reality/alternate universe books. This one was really great in that it was an alternate reality, but it was really focused on the one that Callum is in, and doesn't switch back and forth between them. I do tend to get a little confused trying to keep things straight so this was very refreshing for me. I also loved the mystery element of it all, even though I figured out what was happening pretty early.
The main character is Callum, and I really liked getting to know the real him (at least the one that we are currently in the head of). I also thought it was neat to get to know the alternate him who is totally different from who he is in his original reality. He is totally confused though. He wakes up in the hospital and soon discovers that things are very, very wrong. He has no clue what is going on, and slowly needs to figure things out. I thought that he made some really stupid decisions, but he managed. I liked that because he seemed very realistic to me. He messes up, he's insecure about things, he's scared. It makes me believe it more.
There's not really much more I can say about the story, but it was really great. There was a good mystery and thriller element to it, and even though it was alternate reality, it wasn't really focused on that except when it was important and necessary to the story. I also liked how it ended, and I hope that a sequel is made for it because I would love the story to continue. I thought that how we get Callum's memories from his other reality and then it goes into his current reality was done really well.It gives a well rounded story of how different Callum is in each one, and the reasons why he is. This was great!!
* An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.