Luckily, I’ve read Macbeth; but, it’s been awhile. Since I didn’t read the summary before starting to read Exposure, I made it all the way to Beth’s obsession with guilt and the blood before thinking…hey, she’s Lady Macbeth! I belatedly realized the three witches were Kat, Kaya, and Tess. Then, other characters fell into place for me as I continued to read this “twisted lit” young adult story.
Initially, the characters reminded me of a teen drama, like Gossip Girl or Pretty Little Liars – although I’ve never finished an episode. The female characters are fully revealed through their dialogue and social situations. The awkward high school scene feels so real with the whole range of personalities from regular kids to geeks to jocks. Craig and Duncan sound dreamy; they even sound like they could be okay guys as long as their psycho girlfriends were away at cheerleading camp. Uncertainty about the sudden, mysterious death blends in so perfectly with the story flow.
Introduction of the flashback sets the stage for a riveting tale of friendship, teen pressures and angst, deceit, and love. I liked the sense I got of living in Alaska from Skye’s description of being “stranded here on the edge of nowhere”. Flashlight tag and the annual Running of the Reindeer sound fun! Even some brief native history and descriptions of the oil business are included.
One last thought…how can people, like writers Askew and Helmes, be so amazingly quick and witty? As Skye says, I also think up snappy replies hours, even days later. The dialogue is just so clever and fast; I kept thinking – why can’t I come up with anything like that? Even the Chapter titles are cool qoutes from Shakespeare!
Krystal is a young college student who loves meeting new authors and finding great books! Her favorite place to read is the Botanic Gardens.
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