Author: Kate Karyus Quinn
Published by: HarperTeen
Publication Date: June 10, 2014
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Welcome to Gardnerville.
A place where no one gets sick. And no one ever dies.
There’s a price to pay for paradise. Every fourth year, the strange power that fuels the town exacts its payment by infecting teens with deadly urges. In a normal year in Gardnerville, teens might stop talking to their best friends. In a fourth year, they’d kill them.
Four years ago, Skylar’s sister, Piper, was locked away after leading sixteen of her classmates to a watery grave. Since then, Skylar has lived in a numb haze, struggling to forget her past and dull the pain of losing her sister. But the secrets and memories Piper left behind keep taunting Skylar—whispering that the only way to get her sister back is to stop Gardnerville’s murderous cycle once and for all.
Last year I read Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn and was thoroughly impressed with her debut novel. It was amazing and so unique. So when I saw Don’t You Forget About Me, I didn’t hesitate to get it. I didn’t even read what it was about. Just based on my experience with ALP, I already knew that I wanted to go into this completely blind. Honestly, I suggest that to everyone. I know you all can just go read reviews for this book somewhere else that will give you a bunch of information about the story, but trust me when I tell you to experience this book for yourself. I’m telling you, it’s quite the ride!
Every time I read the title, the song Don’t You Forget About Me by Simple Minds popped in my head. So when I started the book and saw that each chapter is titled after an eighties song, I got a little giddy and I had a new song stuck in my head with each chapter. Eighties music rocks! However, this takes place in current day.
Seriously, this book was so damn good! Quinn is without a doubt, a fantastic writer with an amazing imagination! She writes such unique stories, and I love that it felt like I was working out a puzzle as I read it. There were hints dropped throughout, and I had a pretty strong feeling about what was going on, but Quinn keeps you on your toes the whole time. It has an amazing blend of magical realism, mystery and horror that is so well done, that I’m literally in awe.
The setting is unique (there’s that word again). Gardnerville is a place to both love and fear. No one gets sick, but there is a price to pay. You have cancer? Move to Gardnerville and you’ll be cured. But once you move there, it’s hard to leave. And every fourth year the town requires payment for its gifts. Deadly payments. With four years passing since the last payment that involved her own sister, Sky is pushed into discovering the town secrets and figuring out how to stop the Fourth Years.
The characters were interesting, to say the least. I’m not going to get into details because it’s hard to without giving spoilers. However, I will say that I loved Sky. She drove me crazy at some points, but it isn’t in a bad way. I know that might sound odd, buy it should make sense once you read this. I loved going on this insane journey with her.
Don’t You Forget About Me proved that Quinn isn’t a one trick pony. After being blown away by both of her books, I will continue to blindly go into anything she writes, knowing that I’m going to get something exceptional. So do I recommend this book? Absolutely, without an inkling of hesitation.