June 28, 2010

Arson (Estevan Vega) Review

Publisher: Tate Publishing (May 4, 2010)
Paperback: 318 pages
Book from Traveling Arc Tours
ARSON GABLE FEELS LIKE A FREAK. HE CAN CREATE FIRE. HE NEVER ASKED FOR IT. HE NEVER WANTED IT. BUT HE CAN'T SHUT IT OFF.

Before now, three things were true: he both loved and despised his grandmother; his life was going nowhere; and he was alone. But when a strange girl-who feels more normal behind a mask than inside her own skin-moves in next door, Arson hopes to find something he's never had: purpose. Using what he fears the most about himself, Arson must face his consuming past and confront the nightmare that is present as he walks the fine line between boy and monster. Dark, moody, and breathtakingly relevant, Arson, the chilling chronicle of an isolated boy with unimaginable ability, is sure to ignite the hearts and minds of a new generation. (Source)

Review
ARSON, by Estevan Vega, was an exceptional story about a peculiar boy and his remarkable gift of creating fire with his mind. Vega took my mind right out of its comfort zone and threw me for a loop with this amazing story.

What I loved more than anything about this book were the main characters, Arson and Emery. They were two peas in a pod together and their relationship blossomed wonderfully. They had much in common with not-so-perfect family lives and both being outsiders. Emery seemed a bit bizarre with her obession with her mask, but Arson immediately wanted to know who was behind it, unlike others who just stared and ridiculed. Emery, in turn, wanted to know what made Arson tick. I like reading books about those on the "other side of the tracks" with troubled families and the like. It takes me to another understanding of people outside popular groups and the need to be in them.

The development of the minor characters was equally interesting. I thought I had most of them pegged from the beginning but I was wrong. From the beginning, I wanted to learn about the immediate mood changes of Grandma Kay. I had my own idea about it, but Vega pulled the metaphorical rug from right under me. The realizations of who these characters were in the latter part of the book quicken my reading pace to figure it out.

The element of fire in this book was very interesting. Arson knew he had to control his emotions to keep the fire in check, but at times the build-up was excruciating. Vega explored the depths of Arson's guilt and distress about his gift so fully, it was at times very emotional and disheartening. But the consquences of not freely exploring his gift created devesating results.

The cover art is really fantastic with elements of Emery (mask) and Arson (fire). The pulling together of these ideas makes this book jump right off the shelf.

The last couple chapters unraveled some new situations, and a massive cliffhanger that makes me need to read the sequel as soon as possible. Overall, this book was incredibly unique and creative, and I highly recommend it.

Check out Estevan Vega's website for more info!

Back in May, I was a part of the Arson book tour, check out an excerpt from Book 2 and for the link to other blog stops.  


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