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Young Adult Fiction 2097
The Replacement
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
0.0
Writing Style 
 
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Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world. Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate's baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs. Edward Scissorhands meets The Catcher in the Rye in this wildly imaginative and frighteningly beautiful horror novel about an unusual boy and his search for a place to belong.

If you're looking for a creepy story with otherworldly creatures, THE REPLACEMENT is for you.

Brenna Yovanoff takes the mythology of the Norse changeling and turns it just enough to set it apart. Mackie Doyle is different - we know it from the moment we meet him. Everyone else in town knows he's different too, they just ignore it to different degrees.

Watching Mackie start to falter, to struggle with himself physically and emotionally as things change, is actually as interesting as the (spectacular) world building in this debut. His differences don't pull away from the fact that he's also a teen boy (who acts like a teen boy) who is trying to figure things out when it comes to girls, school, family and life.

This book threw me off in an excellent way - leaving me feeling unbalanced as I read. If you're a fan of Holly Black's fairy stories, you'll love THE REPLACEMENT. The world is dark, but the story has hope at the end. You'll hope for a sequel - I sure do!

Five stars!

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