Black River Falls by Jeff Hirsch + Giveaway

Title:  Black River Falls
Author: Jeff Hirsch
Publisher:  Clarion Books / HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date:  July 5, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Speculative / Contemporary

Seventeen-year-old Cardinal has escaped the virus that ravaged his town, leaving its victims alive but without their memories. He chooses to remain in the quarantined zone, caring for a group of orphaned kids in a mountain camp with the help of the former brutal school bully, now transformed by the virus into his best friend. But then a strong-willed and mysterious young woman appears, and the closed-off world Cardinal has created begins to crumble.

In a world where young teens tries hard to figure out their identities, Black River Falls by Jeff Hirsch created an enclosed net for speculation to happen. What does memory serve? Is it better to remember or to forget? I like this. It's not action packed nor is it mysterious. What it is, is thought-provoking. It probes into one's mind and question the ifs and  the wants. Then there are the subtle references between one's nature versus nurture when one's memory does not play a factor.

As Card, our main character tries to protect those he care about, what memories will hold him back? And what memories he wish he'd forgotten, and can he?   I was intrigued enough to have kept turning the page. Comic fans will appreciate the references and in-plot comic that relates to Card.  Though I do see the plot somewhat stable, there are minor climaxes that creates interest all the way to the end. I'm not too surprised by the end, but does it not seem too forlorn? With that said, it's possibilities that I find open-ended and makes this worthwhile.

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Point through Rockstar Book Tours for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



Here are some things about me.
I live in an extremely Brazilian section of an extremely Greek neighborhood—Astoria, Queens, which is just to the right of Manhattan. (That's as you face Manhattan. If you were, say, lying on your back in the middle of Central Park with your head in a northerly position, we would be to your left) I live there with my wife who has a blog and our two cats who do not. One day I hope to have a very large dog that I can name Jerry Lee Lewis.

I used to write plays (I actually have an MFA in it, which is currently number 8 on US News and World Report's annual list of the top twenty most useless masters degrees) and now I write books for teens. I've written two. One was about a girl who wanted to be a rock star and could graciously be called a learning experience.

The second, is The Eleventh Plague and it comes out Sept. 1, a fact I still find pretty amazing.

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3 winners will receive a finished copy of BLACK RIVER FALLS, US Only.

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  1. I would love to read this book.

  2. This book sounds very interesting!

  3. I have found my imagination captured without even trying. Knew nothing about this book other than its cover logo, but now I want to get and read it!! Thanks, Kara S

  4. My memory is really weak! I'm interested in reading this book to see how memory plays a part.


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