I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Ignite the Shadows by Ingrid Seymour
on October 22nd 2015
Genres: Sci-Fi, Young Adult
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Sixteen-year-old Marci Guerrero is one of the best teen hackers in Seattle. However, she’d give up all her talents to know she isn’t crazy.
Marci feels possessed by what she perceives as shadowy spectres that take control of her body and make her do crazy things. While spying on the clandestine group known as IgNiTe, she’s confronted by the leader, James McCray. His presence stirs the spectres inside her brain into a maddening frenzy. Her symptoms and ability to control them don’t go unnoticed by James, who soon recruits her and shows her the awful truth.
Half of the world’s population is infected by sentient parasites. They bind themselves to the human brain and replace the pathways for all thoughts and actions. The creatures then morph their hosts into grotesque monsters with extraordinary strengths. Winged, clawed, fanged half-humans become living nightmares. Now Marci wishes she was crazy, because the truth is worse.
I am LOVING the sci-fi coming out these days! This was just one more example of a re-emerging trend in publishing, and I fully approve. It’s dark, intense, creative… everything I could possibly ask for! This was my first book by Ingrid Seymour, but I can tell you it won’t be my last. I have no doubt that the rest of the series will be just as outstanding as the first installment.
It took me a long time to read this book, but probably not for the reason you might guess. I am overly empathetic; I can’t watch shows where people embarrass themselves without feeling embarrassed myself, I cry when fictional characters die, and in this case, I was immediately sucked in by Marci, and her impossible situation, and I actually found it unsettling. On several occasions, I had to put the book down and walk away for a breather. There is this parasitic monster living in Marci’s brain. Needless to say, it causes her some grief, but nothing like any parasites you see in reality. She doesn’t have a fever, a rash, or stomach pain. She is in a constant battle to keep her mind and body as her own. By default, this makes her an incredibly strong protagonist. And while she could have griped and moaned for the entire length of the book, woe is me, she bears this burden entirely herself. She is undoubtedly kick-ass, in every sense of the word.
And the supporting cast? They all clearly have secrets of their own. I’m still undecided about who to trust, including Marci’s family and close friends, but I have some very strong feelings about who NOT to trust! I kept getting these internal DANGER! alarms going off in my head. Does Marci listen to me? Of course not! Because that would be boring, and Marci is anything but. While not every scene is action-packed, there is still plenty of mystery and intrigue to give the whole book a high tension level. The romance is all pretty low-key and casual, but I imagine it will get ramped up with the next book.
My only complaint is that it took me so long to read this! I can promise you I won’t wait so long for the sequel.