Oct 05, 12
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Read from October 03 to 05, 2012
Madeleine, an artist, sneaked off on an art-related trip rather than going to school, when the world is attacked.
She finds herself in the wreckage of a station, wading through weird blue dust. She discovers a strange wall where there had not been one, and many victims of the forceful appearance of that wall, before she makes it to her cousin's to collapse.
She wakes up changed.
Eventually she goes out to find others, find out what's going on, and of course to seek help. But everyone is doing the same.
Madeleine ends up making friends for the first time. Not only friends. As information comes in, the group makes their plans for resistance, knowing that they are in danger.
And danger happens.
The pacing was fast--in some parts totally absorbing--and I loved the characters. I loved the relationships between individuals and how a group forms. I love the handling of "insiderness" of groups, especially for survival--and I absolutely loved the mystery within a mystery.
Maybe some elements weren't as developed as they could have been, and there were some tiny bumps when crucial info was fitted in as throwaways after the fact (and the usual scattering of copyediting oopsies) but those were minor glitches in a story I could not put down.