The premise of Earthbound is enough to give even the most jaded of readers the shivers. There’s much to like, with clever twists and turns, and nice flashes of humor. Although the good outweighs the bad, there are moments when Tavia — a teen living in the 21st century — could’ve easily sussed out major reveals with a simple Internet search or two. Pike smartly leaves several plot points open-ended for the next book in this promising new series.
Tavia is recovering from being the sole survivor of a plane crash. Living with an aunt and uncle she hardly knows and spilling her innermost secrets to a psychiatrist, she’s a long way from healed. The highlight of her days is Benson, the boy she met working in a library, who never judges her and makes her feel almost normal.
As Tavia works on reclaiming her life, strange incidents happen with increasing intensity. Whether it’s watching people flicker in and out, or seeing triangle shapes hovering over houses, what is most fascinating to Tavia is the young man she keeps spotting, who ominously tells her that her life is in danger. She’s drawn to this man, even as her feelings for Benson grow each day. (RAZORBILL, Aug., 338 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9781595146502, HC, 12 & Up)