Sunday, September 28, 2014

Book Review ~ Into the Blind by Helen Rena

Into the Blind
by Helen Rena

In a world where everyone is gifted, be it in dancing, lightning-bringing, or death-giving, Ever is born...ALL-POWERFUL.

For this gift, she is kidnapped and trafficked at birth. Fifteen years later, Ever still hasn't seen even a glimmer of her powerful gift. Locked in an abandoned mall in New York City, she's fighting to survive her captivity, her brutal guards, and the other gifted kids in her cell. She would do anything to escape.

Fox is gifted in time manipulation. Like Ever, he hasn't come into his gift yet; like Ever, he hates the mall; and like Ever, he longs to be free. But there's one thing he values above his freedom--it's Ever's love...

...yet, when the two make a desperate attempt to escape, this attempt proves so dark and twisted that it just might destroy Ever's love for Fox.

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My Thoughts
Into the Blind was really quite different from anything that I have ever read.  The author has created this majorly screwed up world where children are sold on the Black Market for their special abilities.  The main character Ever was one of these babies, and for 15 years, she and three other children have been held hostage in an abandoned mall being treated horribly while their captors wait for the children's powers to develop.  Ever is quite special as she is blind, however, she can 'see' using the people around her.  She is a 'heart' and when her ability is developed, she will be able to channel feelings into other people.  This can be good or bad, and her boyfriend Fox, does not want her to channel at all.  This poses a problem quite often in the story, because whenever a situation arises where Ever can get their butts out of trouble, Fox gets really pissed off.

As the four plot to escape the mall prison, the action picks up and the reader gets to go on a journey that is beyond mind-blowing. At times, I was comparing this story to something like Alice in Wonderland on crack.  It was just that kind of weird.  The ending?  Well, everything came together and made perfect sense, and it left me completely speechless.

Helen Rena has really written an outstanding story that has so many twists and turns, and such creativity, you can't help but get engrossed in the world that she has created.  This one will appeal to all age groups who love a good fantasy/dystopian story and is one that I would recommend.

4 out of 5 stars

About the Author
Helen Rena loves reading and writing novels. And short stories. And flash fiction. She has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, and a vast collection of books and green bottles. She is still not sure why green bottles. She lives in Southern Oregon with her husband and two children.

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