Here is the summary of the book:
This twisty, breathless cat-and-mouse thrill ride, told in the second person, follows a girl with amnesia in present-day Los Angeles who is being pursued by mysterious and terrifying assailants.
A girl wakes up on the train tracks, a subway car barreling down on her. With only minutes to react, she hunches down and the train speeds over her. She doesn’t remember her name, where she is, or how she got there. She has a tattoo on the inside of her right wrist of a blackbird inside a box, letters and numbers printed just below: FNV02198. There is only one thing she knows for sure: people are trying to kill her.
On the run for her life, she tries to untangle who she is and what happened to the girl she used to be. Nothing and no one are what they appear to be. But the truth is more disturbing than she ever imagined.
The Maze Runner series meets Code Name Verity, Blackbird is relentless and action-packed, filled with surprising twists.
My first experience with Anna Carey and admittedly my first experience with a book written in 2nd person. Just that it took sometime or rather a lot of it to get used to the flow of the story. Everything starts with 'you' and its not something you get used to quickly. So yes, largely the felt long, tedious and somewhat disconcerting.
But Blackbird does start with a bang. Our narrator who through the course of events adopts the name "Sunny" doesn't know who she is and why she was standing on a train track with the train speeding wards her. Just the tattoo of a blackbird enclosed in a box and a serial number and bag full of strange equipments are all she has. Very thrilling and very Jason Bourne esque.
And then the cat and mouse chase begins and it gets even more interesting. People seem to be following her. She seems to possess skills of some dubious nature. Sunny doesn't remember anything. Even going to the police does not seem to help. Danger is everywhere and Sunny doesn't know who to trust. The boy Ben proves to be a needed reprieve from the ongoing dangerous chase but things like that not the luxury she seems to be blessed with.
Of course concrete explanations are given but they are few and very far in between. But I was a little disappointed. Throughout the ride, I was just waiting for the penny to drop and things to make sense again. I do hope the conclusion will be the answers we need. Don't get me wrong I liked the book enough, it was the perfect example of a 2nd person narrative providing a concrete thriller in the young adult context but I was expecting a bit too much..... But I want to see this through and this is a duology so i am eager tor read what comes next.
"A unique YA thriller with its own brand of dangers"