My Rating: 3.5/5
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Title: Ember: Death Collectors (Volume 1)
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Themes: Facing death/Finding Self/Good vs Evil
Amazon Description: “What if you knew when someone was going to die?
For seventeen-year-old Ember, life is death. With a simple touch, she knows when someone will die. It’s her curse and the reason she secludes herself from the world. The only person who knows her secret is her best friend Raven.
Then she meets Asher Morgan. He’s gorgeous, mysterious, and is the only person Ember can’t sense death from. So when he pushes into her life, she doesn’t mind.
But when unexplained deaths start to haunt her town, Ember starts questioning why she can’t sense Asher’s death and what he may be hiding.”
This was an interesting young adult paranormal book. As the book is described above, it centers on a girl, Ember, and her abilities/experiences with death.
The book is written in first person, so the reader follows Ember throughout the whole book. Ember has had a tough life and fears being around people (because if they touch she can see how they die). She is a poet and essentially obsessed with death (with her ability/curse). She is also a fighter, which is a necessary characteristic when death is constantly around you. Mysterious characters also enter the picture: where touching someone does not show Ember a death scene, those that feel like they are losing their sanity, and two new guys who take an interest in Ember.
The overall plot is a little gritty for a young adult book, but pretty clean in the writing. (I only noticed one F-word.) There is mention of drug abuse and death scenes. The book contains some twist and turns as the reader learns more about the grim reaper/angel of death and the whole good versus evil. The plot, for me, didn’t give me too many unique surprises (those that haven’t read many books within this genre might disagree). However, I was able to finish this book in a quick read (about 2 days), and it kept my interest. One small glitch that I don’t personally care for (not that it took away from the value of the story) was that fact that the book was written in the present tense, which is just a little weird for me. I’m use to reading books in the past tense.
The Bottom Line:
Overall, it was good a book. The epilogue feeds the reader information to make sure that they want to read the next book in the series, but the book itself nicely ties up a lot of loose ends that pertain to this part of the story (in other words, no weird cliffhangers in the middle of a climax.) If you like to read about good versus evil, angels, and even death, I think you will like this book. I wouldn’t mind reading the next installment.