Sunday, December 11, 2011

Review : Finding Fiona by Emily Ward

Title: Finding Fiona
Author: Emily Ann Ward
Date Published: September 2011
Genres: YA, Sci-Fi
My Rating: 

The victim of a brutal attack, Fiona could remember little about her life until she meets someone who claims to be from her past. He tells her that her parents were killed for a human replication machine. He's shocked to discover she's still alive since her body was found in the wreckage of the fire.

She soon travels to her old home in New York to figure out what happened to her and her family. She needs to find out who she is, but more importantly, confront the men who killed her parents.

Finding Fiona is a fasted pasted young adult murder mystery with a sci-fi twist. The story opens with Fiona in a hospital after an accident that she can't really remember. Panicking, she has flashes of what happened to her and has the horrible feeling she has lost something, or someone important to her. The story then moves forward a few months when Fiona is living with the woman who found her, Hannah, on that terrible night. She still can not remember anything of her past but it doesn't take long for the pieces to start coming together.
Before the fire Fiona and her parents were working on a replication device. This machine had the power to completely replicate a person at that exact time in their life....down to their scars and memories. Now that Fiona knows her parents died because of this machine and the people who started the fire are still after her, she must fine out who, before they hurt anyone else she cares about.....only Fiona died in the fire too! The police report found the remains of her parents and their daughter in the fire. Does this mean the replication device actually worked? And if so, is Fiona the replica or the original?
Using the help of a past boyfriend who she doesn't remember (but would like to), her newly discovered uncle and Hannah, Fiona travels back to the scene of the crime to make sense of this crazy puzzle.
I Loved (with a capital L) this book. It puts you right in the action, and allows you to figure out the clues right along side Fiona. With just the right twist and turns you won't want to put this book down. I found myself thinking I had figured out what was going to happen and then the author would throw me for a loop again. With emotional loss, bittersweet discoveries and a old romance, this book makes a perfect lazy afternoon read. I really hope to see more by this author!
This cover is fabulous! I've said it before and Ill say it again, "Nothing is as intriguing as a big beautiful eye close up!" Eyes are the doorway into the soul and I love a good face close up. The girl on the cover is beautiful yet generic so she is easy to relate too. The fire is a foreshadow of the fire in the story and the title font is interesting and easy to read. I thought the back background really made the red and oranges of the fire pop and would give this cover a A+ rating :)

I recommend this book to YA and Science Fiction lovers! I really liked this book and hope you will too :) Let me know what you thought.

1 comment:

Danielle Smiley said...

This book sounds fabulous! I agree with you on the cover .... a close up of an eye always intrigues me and gets me to pick up the book to see more about it.