Jayne Sparks, a potty-mouthed, rebellious seventeen-year-old and her best friend, shy and bookish Tony Green, have a pretty typical high school existence, until several seemingly unrelated incidents converge, causing a cascade of events that change their lives forever. Jayne and Tony, together with a group of runaway teens, are hijacked and sent into a forest, where nothing and no one are as they seem. Who will emerge triumphant? And what will they be when they do?
Tony was always giving people the benefit of the doubt. I know if I was in front, I would make sure the people behind me were still behind me, especially in a dark creepy forest filled with effing ‘obstacles’, whatever those were going to be.
“Let’s just keep moving ahead on the path and see if we can catch up to them,” suggested Tony.
Tony took the lead, turning on his flashlight, and we followed– first me, then Becky, then Finn. We didn't want to risk losing Becky the way we’d been lost already, so we kept her between us.
We were walking along for several minutes, with no sign of Jared, Chase, or Spike, when we heard shouting and screaming up ahead– the shouting, human; the screaming...not so much. We all stopped dead in our tracks. Tony shut off his flashlight. My heart stopped beating for a second and then rushed to catch up to its now accelerated rhythm.
“What the fuck was that?” I asked, whispering loudly, totally freaked out. Becky’s eyes were giant saucers. I could see them easily in the dark, glowing beacons coming from her face. She opened her mouth to speak, but nothing came out. Tony grabbed my arm, squeezing as hard as he could. I slapped his hand away and shot him a dirty look. He apologized silently, just moving his lips. Finn was staring ahead of us into the darkness, probably wishing he could see like a cat so he could figure out what was waiting for us up ahead. I was seeing okay here in the dark, more so than I did back home ... probably the moonlight helped. The moon was brighter here or something.
We heard another shout then and a scream. I recognized the voice.
I definitely enjoyed this book. It was a great action-packed read with a kick-ass main character. Having just watched The Hunger Games I have to say this was reminiscent in a totally original and amazing way. Teens thrown into the forest by crazy adults and told to survive? YES. My type of book.
Let me know what you thought of the excerpt! My review will be up within the next few days :)