The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew
Jessika Keller is a good girl in the Greater German Reich of 2012. Jessika is totally complaint with the approved narrative until the actions of her friend Clementine make the question-adverse Jessika start questioning her staunch advocacy of the state. This is a difficult and demanding book. Jessica’s ’loving’ father is not who she thinks he is. Nobody least of all Jessika cares what has become of the ’undesirables’ of society. Most people have no idea what the world is like outside the Reich. The more Jessika wonders, the more ugliness comes out. This was good, full of mingled horror and wonder.
“We had a sacred wrath. We still do.”
“Self-absorption was a weakness and a total waste of my intellect. A disgusting decadence.”
“The family got the foulest of stares.”
“Dad has an illegal chainsaw.”
“WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF DEVILS,”
“The girls from the whore block.”
“All those futures that would never be.”
The Lost Mind by Christopher Pike
This 1996 novel from the one time teen-schlock king is sexist, badly written and full of cops with antipathy making unjustified attacks. A girl wakes up in the woods with amnesia. This leads to far from uniformly positive consequences. This has no soul and like Pike’s ‘The Last Vampire’, ‘Last Act’, ‘Scavenger Hunt’, ‘Fall Into Darkness’, ‘Witch’, ‘Road To Nowhere’, ‘The Eternal Enemy’, ‘Bury Me Deep’, ‘The Immortal’, ‘The Wicked Heart’, ‘Sati’ and ‘The Midnight Club’ this dire tome is full of self-obsessed teens, slut shaming and constant negative messaging.
“My favourite band seemed to be U2.”
“He doesn’t do drugs, does he?”
The Sorority: Eve by Tamara Thorne
Membership is forever. Bimbo Eve joins a sorority at Greenbriar University and has an unfortunate encounter with a witch named Malory Thomas. Cue characters droning mellifluously about local legends, soured friendships and non tragic and non mysterious events. This was boring, failed gothic splendour.
“She used a lot of Ex-Lax!”
“She was a champion cheerleader back at her high school in French Lick.”
“The stupid, dead bitch!”