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The Finisher (Vega Jane #1)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  4,303 ratings  ·  722 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 January 1st 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 sm
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
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
A 14-year-old girl named Vega Jane lives in a village called Wormwood, where the citizens have been told that the forest surrounding them (the Quag)is full of deadly monsters. When Vega's mentor disappears, leaving behind a secret message, she begins to realize that Wormwood is built on dangerous lies. She is forced into a physical competition, with the strongest males in the village, and has to rely on her wits, her only friend Delph, and her canine, Harry Two. Her intrepid, questioning nature ...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
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
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 :)
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
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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.

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 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
Mike (the Paladin)
I'm sorry. I know a lot of you like this and I get that. tastes differ. That said I just don't want to put any more time into this one. For one thing it's just so young.

It strikes me a bit more as a juvenile read than a YA read. I'm laying it aside so it gets the one star I give for books I decide not to finish.

Not insulting you who like it, please enjoy. Not for me.
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
#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
Aastha Dhuppad
Ahhh! I couldn't keep this book down and now it's finished :'( and what's worse is that it ended with a cliffhanger! And now I don't know what to do. It follows the story of a fourteen year old girl named Vega Jane who lives in a place built on lies. To discover the truth about herself and her past, she has to take a perilous journey into the unknown lands known as the Quag which is not easy and safe. To achieve her freedom she has to fight stupid egoistic men and a powerful woman who detests cu ...more
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
b00k r3vi3ws
I have read quite a few David Baldacci novels and have enjoyed them immensely. So when his first Young Adult book came out, I was quite anxious to get my hands on it.

Vega Jane is a teenage Wug and a resident of Wormwood village. She is a ‘finisher’ at the Stacks where she puts the finishing touches on a variety of products. She works under Quentin Herms, a man who knew her family. Vega’s parents are on the last leg of their lives and are in The Care. Vega is now responsible for her little broth
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
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.
Well, Mbak Zai is right. Too many questions, too little answer.
It's making me itch to read the sequel, and I can't say it's a pleasant feeling.

Apart from that, I like the heroine, Vega Jane. She's witty.
Atrapada Enunashojasdepapel
La escritura es muy sencilla, pero a su vez, selecta. La historia, que comienza, con una introducción necesaria, va creciendo conforme avanzamos en la lectura, hasta llegar a un punto, en dónde no podremos volver a atrás.
Wat een vaag en warrig verhaal. Ik had af en toe echt de indruk dat er dingen miste... Binnenkort mijn recensie.
3.5 sterren. Eerste boek wat ik van David Baldacci heb gelezen. Fantasierijk verhaal, vooral erg leuk voor de wat jongere YA-lezer.
I'm not really sure what to make of this. I've never read Baldacci before, but I think this is his first fantasy book as well as his first YA. There were definitely times when I felt I was being condescended to as the reader, and that's never good. I also didn't like how little explanation is given for the various rules of this particular world. I was distracted by the replacement of very basic words (not people but wugmorts, not women or girls but females, not day but light, etc.), which seemed ...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.
Ik ken David Baldacci van zijn thrillers en was dus heel benieuwd naar zijn fantasydebuut.
Helaas is dit toch tegengevallen. Het begin van het boek leest helemaal niet vlot. De schrijver heeft een volledige wereld verzonnen inclusief eigen verzonnen woorden zonder die uit te leggen. Hierdoor kom je als lezer moeilijk in het verhaal. Sommige dingen worden duidelijk met de context en andere dingen worden later in het boek uitgelegd. Toch blijven er vraagtekens. Wat is een flinter? Het is een tijdsa
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.
This was in a few words strange, interesting, complicated and so very different from the thrillers normally written by author David Baldacci (Author). It had moments of humor, moments of sorrow, moments of fear and it was one that you have to really pay attention to because there are subtleties that are easy to miss if you do not.

At times felt a bit lost trying to keep track but there were times the flow of the story just grabbed me, those times more than made up for the slow ones.

After reading
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
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David Baldacci published 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 30 adult novels; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 co ...more
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