Apr 21, 2013

Transparent by Natalie Whipple Review

Transparent by Natalie Whipple
Release Date: May 21, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen; 368 pages
Plenty of teenagers feel invisible. Fiona McClean actually is.

An invisible girl is a priceless weapon. Fiona’s own father has been forcing her to do his dirty work for years—everything from spying on people to stealing cars to breaking into bank vaults.

After sixteen years, Fiona’s had enough. She and her mother flee to a small town, and for the first time in her life, Fiona feels like a normal life is within reach. But Fiona’s father isn’t giving up that easily.

Of course, he should know better than anyone: never underestimate an invisible girl.

Could you imagine being invisible? So many of us wish we could become invisible but that's so different from being invisible. Imagine being born invisible and living that way. I can't even imagine. Except, it's not that far fetched when you look at the world Fiona lives in. Thanks to a drug that was taken by most people after the Cold War, generations later they are seeing mutations. Some people are being born with blue skin, some have telekinesis  some can fly, some are super strong, super intelligent - the options are endless. There are also people being born with no mutations. Fiona is certainly far from normal. Being born in to a syndicate life, as her dad is a huge crime boss, her life is anything but easy; then we top on the fact no one can see her. She's never been able to see what she looks like either. Could you imagine?

So when you look at the story and this concept, it's intriguing and absolutely captures your attention. Then you mix it with the characters, which I really enjoyed, especially her friends she makes once her and her mother escape from under her father's nose in the middle of the night. They move to the middle of nowhere (aka Madison, Arizona) and she attends a normal high school. For the first time, she can make friends but she doesn't trust anyone. She feels like the second she lets her guard down, someone will betray her and tell her dad where she is. It's never fun to live in fear. But she makes friends, whether she wants to or not and they're awesome. Bea, is outgoing and crazy while her best friend, Brady, is gorgeous and super nice. We eventually meet math nerd (and tutor) Seth, who is good looking but a jerk and Bea's four brothers, who we call The Pack (Tony, Joey, Hector and Carlos). Then add in both Fiona's older brothers, Miles, who is her best friend and Graham, who she hates more than anyone (beside her father). Graham is her father's right hand man.

Fiona and her mother (Lauren) try to start their life over here but the fact that her father is looking for them is always a threat hanging over their heads. They've tried escaping before but have never made a clean break. Graham has always come after them and returned them home to do more of his dirty work.

While there were plenty of laughs, tons of adventure, a good amount of drama; it just wasn't enough for me. I liked this book, don't get me wrong but I just didn't love this book. I found the things that were 'unknown' to be predictable and when they revealed themselves, I wasn't surprised. The ending was just . . . lacking. It was abrupt, I thought and just - I felt there was all this build up for nothing. It was disappointing, to say the least. There wasn't a love triangle, per say, but she definitely did have her eyes on two different boys.

I would definitely recommend this book to those who like books that have certain elements to them like X-Men (so fans of Shatter Me, Touch, etc). It was a fun, easy read (as I read it in a day).

Review also seen at The Readiacs.

1 comment:

  1. Ooh, the premise of this is definitely interesting! Serious and humor blends are the best too.

    Great review!

    Dazzling Mage @ A Reading Kabocha


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