Into the Shadows by Karly Kirkpatrick takes the reader into the lives of Paivi, who is considered “special” along with her parents. She is able to foresee the future in her dreams like her parents, and she is also able to make things break and move when she is angry. Paivi is anything BUT normal, but she leads her life like a normal teenager. With a desperate Senator trying to get re-elected, he goes the extra mile to receive information on “Enemies of the State” who may have information on the local terrorists to persuade voters to vote for him, ensuring his victory over his overly popular opponent. As things get worse for these Enemies of the State, Paivi and her brother, Torsten, are forced to go on a little cross country journey, leaving everything behind them…including their friends and parents.
I found this book to be a bit of a slow starter for the first chapter, which is when Karly introduced us to Paivi’s special abilities. That could be because my Nonna was here at the time, so her gossip was distracting me. I don’t know. I did find that the book began to interest me at the part where the Senator is on his boat. That was when the real suspense kicked in, and from that point on I was hooked. It was pretty hard to put the book down.
On the Kobo description of the book, it says that fans of The Hunger Games will enjoy this book, which is honestly why I got this free download. And they were right….I did find this actually to be a bit better than The Hunger Games, only because the plot line was a little more interesting, and had more subplots. In Into the Shadows you have Paivi’s school life, then you have the Enemies of State rules/enforcers, then you have the escape part of the story (I hope I’m not giving away too much here). In The Hunger Games all you have really is the love triangle and the game. I find the Paivi way of life much more interesting than the Katniss life.
Although Into the Shadows was completely something I’ve been waiting for in a long time, there were a few issues I had. FIrst off, the editing. OH MY GOD at times I wanted to turn back time, and be the editor of this book so I can fix it. It was excruciating at times to read it, and a bit annoying to have to mentally take/add words from the sentence. Secondly, I find this book to be a bit…young for me. I’m 18, and the main characters are all around 14/15 years of age. I think it would have been better for Karly to make them at least 16 years, so the characters will have more of a chance to connect to more people (what 19 or 20 year old can honestly connect to a 14 year old?). But that’s just a minor detail. Once you get past the young age, this book is completely awesome!
On Kobo right now, they have a bundle of the whole series for $6.95. I’m definitely buying the trilogy, and I can’t wait to read more about Paivi and how she’ll deal with her Enemy of the State status!