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3.40  ·  Rating details ·  950 ratings  ·  202 reviews
17-year-old Sophie lies on her deathbed in California, awaiting the inevitable loss of her battle with cancer…
17-year-old Declan stares down two armed thugs in a back alley in Galway, Ireland…
17-year-old Anat attempts to traverse a booby-trapped tunnel between Israel and Egypt…

All three strangers should have died at the exact same moment, thousands of miles apart.
ebook, 280 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Soho Teen
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Courtney Wells
Title + Cover + Blurb = doing me right!!!

It was a breath of fresh air meets dance for joy reading something that wasn't humming the tune ->>>

"single white female with mystery power seeking equally mysterious man for long walks, moonlit dinners and dire consequences".

Nothing against that particular breed BUT I'm the type who wants a premise to grab me as much or more (usually much more) than the characters and their relationships. Imagine my delight to read something that offers up a
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Apr 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Someone looking for different sci-fi with a slight creep factor
And if they were alive, but stuck in some radioactive wasteland...well, that wasn't exactly good news either.

Strangelets had me curious from the moment I read the description and saw that a group of random and unconnected people on the brink of death were going to wake up somewhere else unknown. I knew that they couldn't be in purgatory because of the futuristic nod, but I was very curious to know what the deal would turn out to be.

I loved the first half of this story. We start off with
This review and others are posted at Read, Rinse, Repeat.

My first question while reading Strangelets was: What is a Strangelet? I knew the book featured young strangers mysteriously thrown together in an even more mysterious setting. I thought it was a cutesy way of referring to strangers, similar to how the terms piglets and eaglets refer to a small, cute version of the adult animals. ("Oh, wook at the cute, wittle strangelets!") Umm, no. When the answer was given near the end of the book, it
It’s hard to describe this book without spoiling and Strangelets is best experienced with a clear mind. Avoid spoilers at all costs! Strangelets can be best categorized as a science fiction thriller horror story with a touch of romance. And yes, it is a young adult read but I think it will appeal to adults as well.

Strangelets finds a group of teenagers who wake up in a strange hospital-like facility. There doesn’t seem to be a way out, nor is there any food. The kids all share something in
Apr 08, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am sad not to be able to join the sea of good reviews that Strangelets is receiving :-(
I found the story to be annoying, dragging and boring!

The concept of a couple of unrelated teenagers who were about to die traveling thru a black hole to meet in another place/world was interesting, at first. I became tired of the constant introductions: “who are you? Why are we here? Why are you doing this to me? Where are we?”

I also grew bored of the sense of danger that never amounted to anything: “what
The Twins Read
Original Rating: 2.5/5

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Gagnon's characters lacked personality and could not elicit much emotion from us aside from indifference and maybe a little annoyance. The story is told in the alternating points of views of Sophie, Declan and Anat. Sophie was sick but after dropping into an alternate dimension, she finds herself miraculously cured, she's a little fragile and scared, a totally nondescript character. Declan is in a word, a thief. He stole something,
Faye, la Patata
If you follow my earlier reviews, then you should know by now that I am a big fan of mystery and thrillers. There is just something about these fast-paced stories that keeps me awake in the wee hours of the mornight; there's just something about the sense of urgency that's common in the genre that keeps me riled and pumped up with excitement. When I saw Strangelets' synopsis, I didn't really absorb all that text. I only saw, in big, bold, capital letters the words MYSTERY and THRILLER. You can ...more
Amber at Fall Into Books
I was super excited to read Strangelets, but unfortunately this book was a big disappointment. To me the plot was unique, but not planned out very well. The switching points of view were awful and distracting. The pacing was too slow. The characters were super annoying. The writing was dull. You get the idea. I just really didn't like this book.

When I first started the book, Sophie seemed brave and likable. Well, that got blown out of the water pretty quickly. She's a total Mary Sue and super
Hey! What the….. Oh Em Gee!!! Slightly feeling mind freaked here!! Seriously Michelle Gagnon you EVIL MASTERMIND You!!

Im not sure what I was expecting when I began reading Strangelets.. What I got was a story in full swing.. 3 different teenagers in 3 different parts of the world die at the exact same moment or do they? Well friggen purchase the book because I am telling you.. YOU want to but this book..

Sophie’s waiting to die of cancer the doctors have told her only a miracle can save her..
Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
I was immediately drawn to this book in the store because of its creepy cover and strange title. After checking out a few positive reviews here on goodreads (Thanks Nenia!) I decided to give it a try. Holy crap was this book one wild ride! It started off interesting and never got dull even for a moment. I had a hard time putting it down, which is why I finished it in less than a day.

Declan, Sophie, and Anat are three teenagers who are moments away from death when they are sucked through a
2.5 stars.

Interesting premise that started strong, but eventually petered out with flimsy explanations that did not suspend disbelief in the slightest, and romantic moments that felt forced and out of place amid the life-or-death setting.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I see an intriguing book synopsis, I make an effort to eventually read the book whether or not the author is familiar to me. That's how I came to read Strangelets, whose book jacket blurb reminded me of Patrick Ness's More Than This, one of the best novels I've ever read. A group of teenagers from around the world, similar only in that they were all about to die, awaken in an abandoned clinic, locked inside with no escape route. Sophie Page from Palo Alto, California had been in the final ...more
Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
STRANGELETS is one of the weirdest books I've ever read. The whole book is so out there. It's hard to really compare it to anything. The one thing I can think of is SILENT HILL (the video game with these: (view spoiler)) and even that isn't really close to STRANGELETS.

Since this book is easily spoiled, I cannot really say much about the story or the characters. Unless, of course, you are willing to read through mild to major spoilers for the book and no
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 Stars!! Click here to see the full blog post

Sophie, Declan, and Anat don’t know each other, but they are about to. They all mysteriously disappear and end up in the same place. What’s even weirder is that there are other kids there when they wake up- Zain, Nico, and Yosh. They all have to rely on each other if they want to survive. Problem is they have no idea where to go and what happened to everyone else. Also, there appears to be no one else around to help. The place is deserted. Sophie,
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Strangelets is actually the 2nd book that I've read by Michelle Gagnon. The first being "Don't Turn Around", now I'm not entirely sure if Gagnon's books are for me. Strangelets is a highly unusual book that I have trouble categorizing because it's a blend of so many different genres. Strangelets has a great premise, but ultimately it isn't
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Strangelets was a strange and fascinating read. I had no idea what to expect from the book and enjoyed following the characters as they found themselves in a strange hosptal.

What I liked most about the story is that I didn’t know the direction it was going. I understood that all of the characters were on the verge of death before they woke up in the strange hospital, but I didn’t know what it all meant. Lots of theories were tossed around by the characters and myself and honestly, all of them
Feb 27, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a review that I’ve sat and tried to figure out how not to spoil the book with too many details. I am a sucker for the books that kinda mess with your mind, and well, this one kinda does that. I will do my best to not spoil anything, because it seems to be easy to do that with this one.

The three main characters were all interesting in their own ways. Some good and some bad. Sophie has been sick for a long time, and had come to grips with the fact that she was going to die. Declan on the
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
Strangelets is one of those (many) books where the concept is more interesting than the execution.

I'm not sure who told authors that every YA needs romance but they're badly mistaken. There is no need to add romance to a science-fiction/dystopian YA, especially not when it's poorly done. Most of this book takes place in less than a week. In that time, crushes start, relationships between complete strangers flourish and it all detracts from the plot. This isn't summer camp! I buy summer camp
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
You could definitely feel the suspense as Gagnon brought readers to her conclusion. The entire first half of the book, I was on the edge of my seat wondering where she would go with it. The characters were well drawn, and I have to admit that my favorite character was Anat. There aren't a lot of kick butt Israeli girls in YA fiction. I kept reading just on her character alone. She generally had the best ideas, and her instincts were spot on.

I felt that the big reveal of why this was
Lis  Carcamo (The Reader L)

This is a review really hard to do, because Strangelets is one of those books that you liked yet you don't know how to explain why. And worst, you can't say openly the things you probably would, because it could spoil it for everyone.

The plot is very interesting, as you read in the summary. 3 strangers that were about to die just wake up in a very different world. A dangerous one. It is above all levels of creepy. Once you are into the story there is nothing that can put you back.

You like
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sophie, Declan, and Anat are all very differently people from different locations. But they both were about to die at the exact same time and then were sucked into a vortex/portal/whirlwind hole?! They wake up in a hospital or at least that is what it looks like. There are six kids total and they see no way out. The group must work together to escape and figure out what is happening. Where are they? What happened? Who put them there? Can they trust each other?

For most of the book I really had no
Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)
3.75/5 Stars.
This book had such a unique and exciting storyline, a very fresh and intriguing premise that had me guessing until the very end as to what was actually going on (I never did come up with the answer, which was refreshing).

Six teens on their deathbed or only seconds from death find themselves awakening inside of a hospital, with no idea where they are or who put them there, they are distrustful of each other but come to realise that to escape and to figure out what is going on they
Kristin (Young Adult Book Haven)
My Thoughts:

I was really excited to read Strangelets, I read Michelle debut last year Don't Turn Around and it was a great thriller, and I was hoping that this book would be just as good. Strangelets had me on the edge of my seat, you didn't find everything out right away, you were just as confused as the characters. Each character came from a different place and had me wondering what was going on, who were these teenagers and what did they all have in common.

When all three of these teenagers
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a page turner with some SciFi meat to it, and I was glad I picked it up. I wan't too fond of Gagnon's first book, and the story in this one is better written (if even less plausible). It was a nice change from zombies and vampires. I will recommend this one to readers who like fast-paced thrillers who are not looking for a whole bunch of character development (everyone is a GIANT stereotype). It would be perfect for the beach. I especially enjoyed the title. Nice "Doctor Who" reference ...more
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 stars.

I really enjoyed this book. It had a fast moving plot that kept me captivated and an array of characters I really liked hearing from.

Absolutely did not see the twist coming, but I love where it ended up.

Michelle has a way of writing that pretty much ensures I'll read anything and everything she does.
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strangelets is about six teenagers who all were supposed to die at the exact same time around the world. Instead of dying the six were sucked into a black hole and ended up in a place that looks to be an abandoned hospital. The book follows Anat an Israeli girl who was in military training but was escaping to be with her fiancée, Sophie an American girl dying of cancer, and Declan a boy from Ireland who makes money by getting hired to steal things. At the hospital Anat, Sophie and Declan meet an ...more
Sarah Marie
Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon

4 stars

Sophie is lying in a hospital bed in California. She knows she’s going to die, but instead of being scared she’s embracing it. Declan is a typical bad boy. The one time he decides to do something without thieving to buy something for his girlfriend he ends up in a situation where he’s gunned down in an alley in Ireland. Anat is trying to escape her life and be with the man she loves. Doing so involves her crossing through a booby-trapped tunnel between Israel

Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tara Lazetic
Jul 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was so confused for 3/4 of this book. Strangelets was severely lacking in so many areas. I understand that there was supposed to be some kind of mystery aspect because the author didn't explain anything and everything was coming together piece by piece but it wasn't working. The 'Strangelets' were thrown into another dimension along with 90% of the human population and some aliens were brought into ours. Then there was an apocalypse and stuff. Half of the time they were just walking around and ...more
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Michelle Gagnon is a former modern dancer, bartender, dog walker, model, personal trainer, and Russian supper club performer. Her bestselling adult thrillers THE TUNNELS, BONEYARD, THE GATEKEEPER, and KIDNAP & RANSOM have been published in North America, France, Denmark, Spain, Argentina, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Australia. BONEYARD was a finalist for a 2009 Daphne du Maurier Award for ...more
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