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Publisher: Random House Kids
Edition: Hardcover, 368 pages
Genre: YA Fantasy Dystopian
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A streetwise girl trains to take on a gang of drug dealers and avenge her best friend’s death in this thriller for fans of Scott Westerfeld and Robin Wasserman.
People say when you take Heam, your body momentarily dies and you catch a glimpse of heaven. Faye was only eleven when dealers forced Heam on her and her best friend, Christian. But Faye didn’t glimpse heaven—she saw hell. And Christian died.
Now Faye spends her days hiding her secret from the kids at school, and her nights training to take revenge on the men who destroyed her life and murdered her best friend. But life never goes the way we think it will. When a mysterious young man named Chael appears, Faye’s plan suddenly gets a lot more complicated. Chael seems to know everything about her, including her past. But too many secrets start tearing her world apart: trouble at school, with the police, and with the people she thought might be her friends. Even Gazer, her guardian, fears she’s become too obsessed with vengeance. Love and death. Will Faye overcome her desires, or will her quest for revenge consume her?
The Bodies We Wear is a moody book that is reminiscent of Gotham, it always seems to be raining and the seedy portion of town seems to be bigger than the non-seedy part. Just like Gotham this brings a whole new life to the story itself, making the story feel as bleak as the main character, Faye, believes it to be. In someways it makes the lighter portions shine brighter than that might have otherwise. The Bodies We Wear is dark contemporary with a very light touch of paranormal.
Faye, our focus, is girl who has died and come back. After being forced to take a very addictive and deadly drug called Heam at age eleven, she struggles to maintain normalcy while actively seeking revenge on those who tried to kill her (and succeeded in killing her best friend). At school she must appear to be a normal albiet withdrawn student, or risk expulsion. Heam addicts (recovering or otherwise) are seen as less than people and most are not given second chances, this is the bleak existence that Faye lives and she’s bitter because of it. I won’t say that I liked Faye for most of the story, but I definitely understood her. I got the reason why she wanted revenge and in the beginning I wanted it for her, but I’m so happy with her development over the course of the books part in thanks to Chael. Chael is a mysterious boy who keeps showing up and getting in her way. Like her guardian, Gazer, he wants her to seek a true life instead of one ruled by hate. I loved the small amounts of light these two try to shed on her world, even when she keeps her eyes closed to avoid it.
I was a bit surprised at the paranormal twist since it didn’t seem like a story that needed one, but I liked where it went and I was pleased that it didn’t permeate the story as a whole. This is my first book by Jeyn Roberts and I really love her style so I’m definitely going to have to check out more of her books in the future.