Stitchby Samantha Durante
Series: Stitch #1
Published on August 1, 2012 by Samantha Durante
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Her heart races, her muscles coil, and every impulse in Alessa's body screams at her to run... but yet she's powerless to move.
Still struggling to find her footing after the sudden death of her parents, the last thing college freshman Alessa has the strength to deal with is the inexplicable visceral pull drawing her to a handsome ghostly presence. In between grappling with exams and sorority soirees - and disturbing recurring dreams of being captive in a futuristic prison hell - Alessa is determined to unravel the mystery of the apparition who leaves her breathless. But the terrifying secret she uncovers will find her groping desperately through her nightmares for answers.
Because what Alessa hasn't figured out yet is that she's not really a student, the object of her obsession is no ghost, and her sneaking suspicions that something sinister is lurking behind the walls of her university's idyllic campus are only just scratching the surface...
The opening installment in a twist-laden trilogy, Stitch spans the genres of paranormal romance and dystopian sci-fi to explore the challenges of a society in transition, where morality, vision, and pragmatism collide leaving the average citizen to suffer the results.
Stitch is one of those books that takes you all over the place. Right when I thought it was going one way, suddenly a new twist appears taking me in a completely different direction. Some might think that’s confusing but in this case, it was masterfully written. The story itself was shocking at times (like shivers down your spine…in a good way). This world is definitely dystopian but takes a look at the middle, working class of people, and the “brainwashing” for lack of better terms that happens to them. I won’t lie when I say the idea of turning into a completely different person, being “stitched,” freaked me out but I kept reading anyway.
Alright, the characters, Alessa and Isaac: I loved them. For starters, Alessa is older than Isaac (think of all the YA books you’ve read where the guy is older, sometimes by a century or two). It’s not a huge difference but it’s there, and she wasn’t falling all over him because she was originally in love with someone else (you’ll just have to read it to find out). Finally, these two characters came off as very real. Sometimes characters can be over-the-top or too perfect, but Alessa and Isaac are very human, with flaws and conflicts like anyone else.
This book is filled with twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat, supported by wonderful descriptions and likable characters. I recommend this for anyone who’s a fan of dystopian and/or mystery, or anyone looking for a great book. Be ready to be enthralled but don’t get “stitched.”