Man! This is one awesome book. In Norris’ debut, she takes an oft-used premise in YA today (girl dies, then wakes up) and turns it into a rip-roaring, sci-fi adventure. The plot twists and turns at the end of almost every chapter. Janelle is a great heroine, tough but relatable. There is officially a science fiction romance trend happening in YA, and this reviewer is officially loving it!
Walking home from the beach, Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and dies. She just knows it — only she wakes up in the hospital with the memory of loner Ben Michaels healing her. Trying to get to the bottom of things, Janelle snoops into her dad’s FBI files to find that the driver of the truck (a type of car no one’s ever heard of) died of terrible radiation burns. Then there’s a bomb that no one knows how to defuse ... (BALZER + BRAY, May, 464 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780062103734, HC, 13 & Up)