Thursday, May 7, 2015
Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)
Review: Let's get this out of the way up front - Hannibal could drive his army through the plot holes in this series. And yet, I'm oddly willing to overlook them (so far) in the interests of following through with the main character. The premise is that Changers are an ancient race of humans who live 4 different lives in each year of high school. In the first Changers book, we meet Drew, a white girl, who had previously been a white boy who was completely unaware of his Changer heritage. For sophomore year, Drew becomes Oryon, a black boy who must contend with knowing everyone around him while no-one knows who he really is. Drew encounters some fairly predictable attitudes from the "queen bees" at school, as well as some harassment from the boys, and Oryon is exposed to racism he never even thought about it before.
But the main focus of the series seems to be more about the relationships s/he forms and the choices s/he makes. Does s/he toe the Changer line and keep the secret, or tell the truth in the interest of preserving her/his friendships and relationships from one identity to the next? These aspects of the story are what will keep me reading until the conclusion of the series.
FTC Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for this review.