Format Read: ebook
Number of Pages: 358
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Angry Robot
Formats Available: ebook, paperback
Purchasing Info: Author, Publisher, Goodreads, BookDepository, Powells, Amazon
Miriam Black knows when you will die.
Still in her early twenties, she’s foreseen hundreds of car crashes, heart attacks, strokes, suicides, and slow deaths by cancer. But when Miriam hitches a ride with truck driver Louis Darling and shakes his hand, she sees that in thirty days Louis will be gruesomely murdered while he calls her name.
Miriam has given up trying to save people; that only makes their deaths happen. But Louis will die because he met her. No matter what she does she can’t save him, not even if she tries.
This book will attack your brain directly through your eyeballs. You won’t realize it until it is too late. You’ll read a few chapters before work. You’ll get to work on time. A little rushed, but nothing notable. By the time you finish your morning caffeine jolt, your mind will start wandering. …. Is Miriam hitchhiking alongside a douchebag motorcade? (Answer: Yes). Why the hell doesn’t she try to change things? (Answer: you are going to feel like a colossal dick when you find out). …. Now you’re not working. You are counting down the minutes till you can get the bloody hell out of there and back to what is important. Namely: the book. You will skip out of work 10 minutes early, miss dinner, and keep reading until your brain is dripping out of your skull at 3 a.m. You won’t even realize time has passed. Instead you sit in a mindless puddle thinking only, “what the fuck was that?”
In other words: Go. Read. Now.
What? Not eloquent enough for you? FINE.
I bought this book because the cover was so amazing that I needed it on my new shelves. I expected a run-of-the-mill urban fantasy with snarky heroine in a world only moderately distinguishable from your average paranormally-themed TV show.
I was wrong.
Miriam is not snarky. She is damaged. She will bite the hand that feeds her, kick its owner in the balls, and then sucker-punch herself for good measure. She operates on an uncompromising path of self-destruction that is both brutal and yet totally logical. You see where she is going, and yell at her. Then you find out where she’s been, and want to go stab somebody and rob a corpse alongside her.
The world is not as depicted on Medium or Fringe. Mainstream society does not embrace Miriam’s gift. Cardboard cutout skeptics don’t See The Light and Help Make A Difference. This is a world of con artists, rapists, drug dealers, psychopaths, and truckers. There is no shadowy agency with bottomless funding and a mythological history guiding the gifted. Miriam is a pariah among bottom-feeders, trying desperately to maintain a veneer of sanity in the armpit of American society.
And I want MORE.
I give Blackbirds 5 stars. This is the book to read when Dead Like Me and Thank You For Smoking are not quite dark enough for you. This baby has series potential, and we want Angry Robot to provide all the financial incentives necessary to keep Chuck Wendig’s twisted little mind working. Comprendez-vous? Buy. Read. Now.
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