30 Books in 30 Days, Vol. 2
It actually took me quite a bit to get through this one, despite how much I enjoyed it, but I’m blaming that on the fact that I had downloaded the free Kindle edition years and years ago, and Kindle books for non-romances are always iffy with my attention span for some reason. But this really was good! Pretty unlike any other YA sci-fi I’ve read, a unique reading experience. (I’m going to try and track down the audio for the second two books.)
It had been so long since I downloaded this, and I’m not sure I knew much to begin with, that I had basically zero expectations going into this, and everything was a complete surprise.
Our main character is Cass, a seventeen (almost eighteen) year old Australian girl, days away from her high school graduation. One day while walking home, she somehow walks into another world, and can’t get home. She has no idea where or when she is, another planet? Another time? Another dimension? And how did she get there? The story is told in journal entries, as Cass was carrying an empty journal in her backpack when she ended up in the new place. It’s an engaging format, because Cass has no incentive to lie, and her emotional ups and downs were fascinating as she struggled to survive, and then the story turned a corner and became something else entirely. It remained thoughtful and interesting the whole way through.
I will definitely be reading the second two books in the original trilogy, and depending on how I like those, I might check out the additional books that seem to have been written as sort of treats for fans afterwards.