Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Escape by Hannah Jayne

Summary on Goodreads.

"When two boys walk into the woods, and one comes out covered in blood, what would you believe?
Fletcher and Adam venture into the woods for an afternoon hike, but when day turns into night and neither boy returns, their town is thrown into turmoil. Avery, the detective's daughter, is the one to find Fletcher—dishelved, disoriented, and covered in blood. He has no memory of what happened, but Avery can't shake the feeling that something's off. When Adam's body is finally found, Avery is determined to uncover the truth. But if she stands by her gut, and Fletcher, is she standing by a friend, or a murderer? The answer might cost her her life."

Well, obviously, this author likes to write about things the MC can't remember and then they do. I thought The Escape was going to be different but it is as lame as The Dare. I'm going to have to remember the author's name so I don't pick another book by her.

So Fletcher and Adam go into the woods (as it seems to be woods in every YA town setting) and only one comes back alive. Fletcher is badly hurt and can't remember anything.

The entire book is about Fletcher having glimpses of what happened that night. And how many times did he black out? Jeeeezzz!

One thing good about this book is that Avery, the Chief of Police's daughter, went to his father to tell him about the rumors and everything she found out. Avery was not like other YA characters that take upon themselves to find out the killer.

A couple of cliches:

1) Fletcher was a weirdo, a nobody, but after the accident he becomes famous and students now love him and talk to him (if for a while).

2) Hot girls are flirting with Fletcher because he survived in the woods. Apparently, in YA literature there is something about a boy who almost died but didn't that arouses teenagers.

3) Fletcher's fame is short lived as now the entire high school thinks he is the one who killed his friend.

4) Is Fletcher happy he is alive? Of course not! That wouldn't be normal YA. He thinks he is the one who should've died because he is a nobody and Adam was the loved one.

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Well, it turned out that Fletcher was indeed the one who killed Adam. And why? "because the voices made me do it." Yeap, the guy has schizophrenia. And where did that come from? Nowhere, really. Throughout the story we get glimpses of Fletcher hearing voices; but that could had been caused by the injuries he suffered in the woods.

By the way, who the hell injured Fletcher? If he killed Adam, who beat Fletcher half to death? Was it Adam defending himself? That was never explained.

Also, Fletcher has schizophrenia and he never had any symptoms. Nobody suspected anything but one day, out of the blue, he just killed Adam because of it.

At the end, Fletcher ask Avery to go into the woods with him to help him remember and she goes. Half way through their expedition, she feels things are not right as Fletcher is acting weird. So Avery keeps telling Fletcher "this is a mistake. We should go back." And "Let's go back" but never actually goes back (as always).

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I personally didn't like this book. I finished to find out who had killed Adam, that was it. But I didn't feel anything at all for the characters or the story, and I wouldn't suggest it to avid readers as there's nothing substantial or worth noting here.