I was sent this book from the publisher but all my thoughts are my own.
This book’s main theme is about female friendship and female empowerment. It follows three girls who are drawn into a dark and creepy world where an evil monster abducts only girls who are never seen again and they join forces to destroy the evil.
All three of the girls have dealt with a lot of grief in their lives so I feel it is synonymous for them to be perfect to fight the evil. Marion has lost her father, Zoey lost her best friend to the monster and Val has lost herself or rather was never allowed to be herself; she has been controlled by her mother and since the day she was born and as the story goes on I really saw how much she suffers.
Although this book is slightly a slow burn, it does move along in the sense that outside influences are happening – we hear about the missing girls and the community coming together to find them, we learn what the rock thinks, how the town and the surrounding nature is affected, and we see in turn what the individual girls are going through. This book also touches on bisexuality and asexuality and I feel that they were explored and explained well (although as I don’t experience either of these, I do not know if the representation was correct)
Overall I liked the writing style of this book, Claire Legrand did keep me engaged. I have read another of her stories, furyborn and loved it. This book is a strange read, through some of these pages I didn’t know what was happening and I didn’t feel like they worked as well in the story and weren’t explained enough but I liked the element of girls sticking together to become a force to be reckoned with that all needed each other otherwise it wouldn’t have worked or they wouldn’t have survived.
“What I’m saying” Marion said ” is that girls hunger. And we’re taught, from the moment our brains can take it, that there isn’t enough for us all”
I really liked that quote when I read it. It is a response from Marion to Zoey’s question to why the monster only takes girls and her reply was that when a predator hunts, he only takes the vunerable. This is a very societal answer. The world has alway thought of girls and women as a lesser species and that we are weak and need help with everything when, in fact, we don’t and it is books like this and girls who think and feel the way Marion does that can change the world and the way it thinks of the female species.
I felt that some thing could have had some of a story of more sustenance. It was enjoyable and I did cry in parts near the end so overall a good read.