Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Meridian: Amber Kizer

SUMMARY (courtesy of Borders.com):

"Half-human, half-angel, Meridian Sozu has a dark responsibility. "Sixteen-year-old Meridian has been surrounded by death ever since she can remember. As a child, insects, mice, and salamanders would burrow into her bedclothes and die. At her elementary school, she was blamed for a classmate's tragic accident. And on her sixteenth birthday, a car crashes in front of her family home--and Meridian's body explodes in pain.
Before she can fully recover, Meridian is told that she's a danger to her family and hustled off to her great-aunt's house in Revelation, Colorado. It's there that she learns that she is a Fenestra--the half-angel, half-human link between the living and the dead. But Meridian and her sworn protector and love, Tens, face great danger from the Aternocti, a band of dark forces who capture vulnerable souls on the brink of death and cause chaos.

OPINION: 3 Stars

The pace at the beginning and end of this book were fast and interesting but I did feel like the middle lagged. I started to feel like it was a bit repetitious although I do realize and respect that a good part of the book was the relationship between Meridian and Tens did need time to evolve which is something more mental than action. The action type events were for the most part inserted at good intervals to keep the reader interested because it seemed like whenever I started to feel like it was dragging, shortly after something else would happen.

The world created in this book is a very original one and a nice take on what happens after death. The metaphor of the window was easy yet clear and gave the reader a very good way to relate and understand what was happening. This was a creative take on a well discussed topic.

My personal favorite character was definitely Tens. There were times Meridian rubbed me the wrong way but I quickly grew to love Tens. It was hard at first to believe how quickly they fell for each other but that was with a human mindset rather than something that considered the world they were actually in. Once I took that into consideration, it felt right and their progression for the most part was logical.

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