Welcome to Gardnerville.
A place where no one gets sick. And no one ever dies.
Except… There’s a price to pay for paradise. Every fourth year, the strange power that fuels the town exacts its payment by infecting teens with deadly urges. In a normal year in Gardnerville, teens might stop talking to their best friends. In a fourth year, they’d kill them.
Four years ago, Skylar’s sister, Piper, was locked away after leading sixteen of her classmates to a watery grave. Since then, Skylar has lived in a numb haze, struggling to forget her past and dull the pain of losing her sister. But the secrets and memories Piper left behind keep taunting Skylar—whispering that the only way to get her sister back is to stop Gardnerville’s murderous cycle once and for all. [x]
Kate Karyus Quinn’s »(Don’t You Forget) About Me« took me really by surprise. It’s basically a paranormal ya thriller in a small town which has a large secret: it’s a paradise which literally takes sacrifices from its teenagers every year and especially hard ones in every fourth.
The story follows Skylar Gardner who’s sister Piper played an important role in the last fourth year events and has been missing since then. She has the special ability to ‘read’ other people’s secrets but can’t remember much of herself as she’s taking pills made from forget-me-nots – which literally make you forget! – and she even doesn’t remember why she wants to forget. Sky is a narrator which is NOT reliable and it’s so much fun!
It’s free to leave. The only people this town makes pay are those who decide to stay.
Next to Skylar and her sister, the most important character is the town. Gardnerville itself reminded me a lot of Pleasantville with a nice facade but uglier things looked away inside and Night Vale with all this paranormal stuff which is just accepted as normal, still there are enough normal things for it to appear possible.
This book is, in a way, a mind twister. You have to think laterally to get to its heart and the story does make a few unexpected changes along the way which prevent you from just guessing the ending right away. After reading »We Were Liars« earlier this year I did have a suspicion about one of the major mysteries but still couldn’t grasp it entirely. There are two parallel story levels: chapters of what’s happening right now to Sky and ones about what happened before; the before chapters are also named after the songs of the mixtapes the girls record over with their stories. It’s really difficult to write about the story without giving too much away… the focus is on the relationship of the sisters and even though there are a number of male characters and a love story, the love story isn’t the main thing. »(Don’t You Forget) About Me« is all about Sky’s journey really. It’s a little gem in the genre because it’s so refreshingly different and well done and I simply can’t await to get myself a hardcover! .
Verlag: Harper Teen