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The Finisher

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  1,664 ratings  ·  338 reviews
Welcome to Wormwood: a place where curiosity is discouraged and no one has ever left.

Until one girl, Vega Jane, discovers a map that suggests a mysterious world beyond the walls. A world with possibilities and creatures beyond her imagining.

But she will be forced to fight for her freedom. And unravelling the truth may cost Vega her life.
Hardcover, 497 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Scholastic Press (first published February 27th 2014)
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Ash Wednesday
Feb 17, 2014 Ash Wednesday rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: readers who like getting their questions answered with questions or not answered at all
I had come to learn that while Wormwood was full of many things, the truth was not one of them.
And the truth was what I needed.
I had nothing else left.

I’ve always wondered who David Baldacci is.

Okay not really. But it seems like every time I visit our local big chain bookstore, his books are out in display right beside Dan Brown. Okay that’s not exactly what drew me to read this either, but I have to admit I was a bit curious when I saw his name in a young adult fantasy novel about a sma...more
Gerry Bartlett
I admit I was drawn to this book because I was intrigued that suspense author Baldacci had written a book that is more middle grade than young adult and fantasy! Different. First, I had to get into his world. He creates his own language too, which I admit I fell in love with. I know, weird, but I was an English major and have a thing for clever writing. He blew me away with his consistency with this new language. His heroine is 14, almost 15 "sessions" old and has a pretty horrendous life in Wor...more

I have never before read a David Baldacci novel. I know he's incredibly popular (that all his books are on the bestseller lists) but that's not enough reason for me to read a novel. That said, hearing the premise for his first venture into Young Adult fiction was enough reason for me to buy thus book.

This is a young adult fantasy novel set in one town in the middle of nowhere, a town surrounded by a wild land called the Quag, which it is forbidden to set foot into because of the creatures that...more
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This is my first experience with a David Baldacci novel and unlike most older readers who will pick up The Finisher, I was truly a tabula rasa. My knowledge of what this book was about was limited and all I knew was that there's a major Sony movie deal, it's written by an acclaimed author, and that it's some some sort of fantasy. I think knowing as little as I did worked in my favor because I didn't come in with high expectations.

With a heroine that breaks the mould, The Finisher is a mix of adventure, magic & harsh realities which is certainly a brilliant example of YA written, & thought out, well. I especially liked how the romance was subtly fed into the story, and wasn't made to overpower the plot. A gripping novel with an intriguing tale to tell :)
I have read many books written by David Baldacci. But I have never read one quite like this. His usual mystery, suspense, triller was not to be seen in this young adult novel.
The closest fantasy stories that I have read are the Harry Potter stories. Yet, here I have read a fantasy quite extraordinaire.
The main character Vega Jane. She is 14/15 year-old girl who discovers her special powers. She lives is a simple world with simple people and leaders who want to keep things that way. Vega wants t...more
#1 New York Times Best Selling Author David Baldacci takes a break from adult thrillers to write this young adult fantasy fiction novel. Vega Jane, a 14-year-old girl, discovers her town has been hiding a few big secrets after she witnesses her friend escape into the dark and forbidden land of the Quag.

Vega Jane lives in a town called Wormwood, where human beings are called Wugs, women are degradingly referred to as "females" and days are known as "lights". In fact, Baldacci invented a whole ne...more
Merril Anil
The finisher that did not finish

David Baldacci is undoubtedly one of the best authors we have around with each work a splendid affair than the previous one and that’s the reason why I picked up a book by simply seeing his name on the cover without even reading the synopsis or the book title. Yes it was apparent from the cover that the book was going to be a young adult or fantasy genre and way out of the usual David Baldacci work. For me he is one of the authors that can sell his book to me ba...more
Havanah Chadders
When I read the first couple of pages of ‘The Finisher’, I thought that it would be a bearable read. The style was good enough but I felt it would jar with my personal preferences and therefore stop me from really getting into the story. The characters didn’t capture me particularly but it wasn’t bad. Then I read about twenty pages and it was great. Forget everything I just said… this was a good read.

Although obviously aimed at younger readers the story caught my imagination and really did hook...more
I recently bought this book at Barnes and Noble and it was a pretty good read for my first ever David Baldacci novel.

When Vega Jane witnesses one of her co-workers Quentin Herms escape out of Wormwood and into the Quag (which is a dangerous forest-like place), The town of Wormwood begin to accuse her of helping him escape when she did not. Strange things then begin to happen. Can Vega Jane find out the truth about her town, what happens to her family, and more before she gets killed? Find out in...more
It seems like the is no genre of writing that David Baldacci can't excel in. With his latest, The Finisher, he takes on the fantasy genre and does a great job with it. As I was reading this I was getting Hunger Games meets the Book of Revelation kind of vibe from it. The protagonist is a young 14 year old girl who lives in a somewhat dystopian society called Wormwood. She and her younger brother are living on their own, as their parents are in a facility awaiting their death. There are mysteries...more
I was bitterly disappointed in this book. I expected better of Baldacci, being an established prize winning author, but I guess he just can't write for Young Adults. The basic plot of the book is sound, good strong male and female leads, mysterious past, yada yada, but Baldacci can't write fantasy/other worlds. He just goes too far. The point of writing about other worlds is that they are different but have many things the same so that the reader can relate. Baldacci changes things that there is...more
Ms. Yingling
This is a dystopian adventure for middle school and up. It weighs in at 512 pages, and Baldacci says in a preface that he's really, really pleased with it.

I'm not sure how I feel. I'm not a dystopia fan, and this had an odd tone. In the first couple of chapters, gobsmacked, gormless and wonky were thrown in (odd British terms for a US writer), as were made up words for time (slivers for minutes and sessions for years). Combine that with odd names like The Quag and Wugs, and this was hard going....more
Mrs. Kenyon
Vega Jane has never left her village. Actually, no one has. Their village is surrounded by a forest named the Quag and it is believed that it is filled with monsters. After Vega’s mentor mysteriously disappears, she discovers a hidden message and begins to wonder what is true and what are lies. The Council believes that Vega knows more than she is willing to share and through several twists of fate the Council is able to convince her to do the impossible with the chance of saving her life. As sh...more
Rich Sanidad
The reasoning behind picking up this book: 1) I’ve enjoyed some of David Baldacci’s books in the past, 2) I enjoy fantasy and sci-fi, and 3) I’m always on the lookout for books that my children might enjoy. Did that mean I had high hopes for this book? Not necessarily. There have been many authors who have not been able to make a good transition when trying to write in a genre that’s outside of their comfort zone.

Even with those expectations, however, I can’t say that I really enjoyed this book....more
Megan Dehle
My first book with David. I enjoyed the suspense and would love to read about the Adventure through the Quag. I look forward to adding him to my authors I like list.
Alyssa Prater
Wormwood, home to all Wugmorts (“Wugs”), surrounded by the Quag, a forest where no Wug dares to go. When Vega Jane, a 14-session female, sees her friend and coworker, Hermes, run into the Quag early one morning, her life will never be the same.

Vega has been responsible for her younger brother John Jane ever since their parents were sent to “the Care”. As he grows, it becomes apparent to the Council (those in political power) that John is a most brilliant Wug. Morrigane, a council woman with vas...more
Katie Johnson

This was an interesting read. Sometimes it was like nothing I've ever read, and sometimes it was like everything I've ever read. The writing style is simple, and while the heroine is 14-15 "sessions" old, I would categorize this as a middle-grade novel.

A mouthy tomboy with no extraordinary powers or defining characteristics, Vega Jane is a low-income Finisher (of ceramics and metals). I found her mostly likable, though there wasn't much depth to her character....more
Rishika S.
The Finisher is David Baldacci's foray into the genre of young adult fantasy. I have read a lot of his other books and am quite fond of his stories and style. So when I discovered that he'd written something so unlike his usual stuff, I knew that I would have to give it a shot; and so, The Finisher was my own foray into reading this genre.

The Finisher has many things going for it and some against it, all dependent on how much of this new Baldacci you are willing to accept. To begin with, the sty...more
Wormwood is a society of wugs that seem to be depressed by the Council that rule over them. One Wug, Vega Jane, is different. She looks and works like the other wugs. However when her finishing partner at Stacks disappears into the Quag, her life is forever changed. Vega soon learns that all she has been taught to believe is not the whole truth. Vega watches, as her parents have the 'event' in the care center which is something no one is suppose to see. She realizes that Delph has also seen an e...more
Sarah M
The Finisher was not something I had set out to read this month. In fact I hadn’t planned on reading it for a long time, I’d been looking at it in the store and had decided to wait till it released in paperback. I hadn’t read any reviews nor had I seen any hype surrounding it. On a whim the Husband unit bought it for me, and I figured I could get it out of the way as a sort of break between review reads. I have to say, I loved this. It was a huge win for the Husband, he’s so pleased with himsel...more
Mar 08, 2014 Pam rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
I did it again. I swore I wouldn't, but I did. I have become involved in a new series, knowing full well I am going to have to wait forever for the next book to be published. The Finisher, by David Baldacci is a well-written dystopian fantasy geared toward middle schoolers through young adults, but this old lady liked it too.

I think what drew me to it the most is that for once, in what seems a long, long time, the female protagonist is not a wimpy, whiny girl trying to be strong. She is strong,...more
Debbie Belue
Thought I would enjoy this book because David Baldacci is one of my favorite authors. Knew this was not his typical style....but still good fantasy should paint a picture so clear you can see the setting, action, characters. This book delivers none of the elements that make fantasy work. Too many questions never answered, action is so slow, plot makes no sense. Read this book only if you know up front you will have to read more to even understand what is going on. Think I will stick to King and...more
I didn't want this book to end! Of course, the ending left a lot of questions that will hopefully be answered in a second book. The story, like the Hunger Games, has a very strong female lead character who readers will be rooting for throughout the book. Vega Jane is a "finisher" at Stacks, a factory where she paints or completes little figurines that are sold in a local shop. But does the title of the book mean more than just that? Vega has to vanquish many demons to get to the truth.
First things first - I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this from Macmillan through First Reads.

Wow, what a book. A far cry from the usual CIA-agent-defeats-the-bad-guys thrillers that I expect from David Baldacci - although the YA fantasy genre may be totally different, the superb writing that really drags me into the story, struggling to put the book down, is the same. As the village of Wormwood grew up around me and Vega Jane's story pulled me deeper and deeper in, I found myself seeming...more
The audio on this baby was fantastic!!! I loved the mystery of this world... The author doesn't reveal too much about what, where and who there creatures really are, so it leaves a lot to the imagination while also making me not overly frustrated and confused. Sometimes I find when a book doesn't explain things clearly that I lose interest and can't stay with it, but this book feeds you just enough that you must keep reading to know more and more and more!!!

I can't wait till the next book title...more
Isabella Kurnia
This book was given to me as a birthday present from my brother. I didn't think this would be a good book because my brother rarely read books. When I started this book, I actually couldn't stop reading it until my mom told me to go to bed. This book is totally one of my favorites. It's full of suspense and the unexpected. I really can't wait to see the next book.
Despite my efforts, I could not get into this anti Baldacci like story. This novel is victimization from start to finish. The main character is by and large exploited and mostly in the light of feebleness. 1 of 10 stars
C.M. Gray
Several years ago I read a bunch of David Baldacci books and really enjoyed them.
As an author of YA fantasy books myself, I try to read a variety of other YA authors and when I saw that Mr Baldacci had written a book aimed at a similar YA audience, well... I just had to pick up a copy and check it out, glad I did!

The finisher is an easy to read page turner, set in the large town of Wormwood, a town that is isolated from the rest of its world by an immense barrier of trees that, so we are told,...more
I find an inherent irony here. The book was called The Finisher and I gave it up half way through.


Bad pun aside, I really did not enjoy this book. David Baldacci is a good thriller writer, but that talent does not transfer to this teen fantasy story.The characters were stunted and one-dimensional, the pacing was off, and the was world-building incredibly undeveloped.

Some authors should simply not try to write fantasy, and Baldacci is one of them. The world-building was simply lazy. Beside fro...more
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David Baldacci made a big splash on the literary scene with the publication of his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 28 novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers; several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated in...more
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