Harbinger, harbinger of death to be more specific is something/someone I have long been curious about. Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne has such a beautiful cover that I was seduced to devour it. Man, am I glad.
This is such a beautiful world that Sara has created, rather than say that the world she created is beautiful it is more to the fact that the way she created it is beautiful. Her story unfolds seamlessly. I felt like there was just one hitch when it was transitioning from one fold to the other.
The main characters are Dr Murdoch, Faye, Kel, Damion, Maya, Zach and Nami. The story revolves around them. She didn’t linger much on any of them, just enough to keep the story moving. One problem I have with this story that I have with many other is the instant attraction with the opposite gender, although it may have been justifiable given this plot.
It isn’t too draggy, its actually pretty fast paced and we discover the world in which these characters exist as we go.
I really loved the story Sara has weaved. I really do. The conclusion of the entire thing is a different matter–it was a bit fluffy for me. I wish there was a different ending, maybe something tragic. I don’t know, the conclusion didn’t sit well with me.
Overall, Harbringer is pretty good for a novel.
Also, I shouldn’t have watched the book trailer on goodreads upon finishing the book. It just destroyed everything for me.
Goodreads Insert: Plagued by waking visions and nightmares, inexplicably drawn to the bones of dead animals, Faye thinks she’s going crazy. Fast. Her parents believe Holbrook Academy might just be the solution. Dr. Mordoch tells her it’s the only answer. But Faye knows that something’s not quite right about Dr. Mordoch and her creepy, prisonlike school for disturbed teenagers.
What’s wrong with with Holbrook goes beyond the Takers, sadistic guards who threaten the student body with Tasers and pepper spray; or Nurse, who doles out pills at bedtime and doses of solitary confinement when kids step out of line; or Rita, the strange girl who delivers ominous messages to Faye that never seem to make any sense. What’s wrong with Holbrook begins and ends with Faye’s red hands; she and her newfound friends – her Holbrook “Family” – wake up every morning with their hands stained the terrible brown red of dried blood. Faye has no idea what it means but fears she may be the cause.
Because despite the strangeness of Holbrook and the island on which it sits, Faye feels oddly connected to the place; she feels especially linked to the handsome Kel, who helps her unravel the mystery. There’s just one problem: Faye’s certain Kel’s trying to kill her – and maybe the rest of the world, too.
Sara Wilson Etienne
Published 2nd February 2012