The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Published: September 1, 2011 (PB)
First Published: September 1, 2010
Source: School Library
I went into this book expecting a creepy, chilling story. But it's not what I got at all. The book altogether was just CONFUSING. So many times I had to go back and re-read a whole paragraph because it didn't make sense, or just because the editing didn't go to well:
"... which made it easier to pretend that it was coming from someplace else than that I'd made it myself."
"You must know you that belong here, with us..."
It's probably not a big deal to most people, but grammar errors totally tick me off. And there was a few more throughout the book as well.
A major thing that didn't make sense to me was the whole REPLACEMENT thing. I mean, why would the town die if babies weren't replaced and sacrificed. It was never even explained. And also the part where they couldn't touch steel or iron, and how they would feel nauseated just by the smell of it. Everything, like I said, was just CONFUSING.
The only thing I did like was one of the characters, Roswell. He's the main character's, Mackie, best friend. I liked the way he was always there by his side, and how he just didn't judge Mackie at all. Another one of my favourite characters was Emma, Mackie's sister. Their relationship was not a usual sibling relationship, in the sense that Emma did everything she could to try and protect him.
Even though I DID like the characters, I thought that sometimes their reactions and actions made no sense at all.
Overall, this wasn't the book for me at all! Maybe I dove in expecting the wrong thing, but I just really didn't like this book. The whole big idea of replacing babies didn't even make sense to me, and I'm pretty sure that was quite a major point in this book.