Title: Fear Me Not
Author: Sara Wolf
Release Date: June 20, 2014
SynopsisThe aliens crash-landed on Earth eleven years ago. And now, sixteen-year-old Victoria Hale feeds them. With her emotions.
Victoria is an EVE - an Emotion Vesicle Engraft - and one of few humans who are genetically capable of producing emotions for the Gutters to feed on. She's doing it for the money - her sister Alisa needs a good doctor, and fast. But what she didn't count on was being sent to the world's first desegregated high school for Gutters and humans. She didn't count on the paparazzi, the protestors, or the insane Gutter politics and government secrets. She didn't count on the crimson-eyed Gutter prince with an intriguing heart of cold iron, either.
She especially didn't count on murder.
But it's counting on her.
My eyes slide over – Shadus is standing right next to me, leaning on the bookshelf. I close my eyes and sigh.
“Don’t be. It’s me. Something’s wrong with me. I don’t know how to react like a normal person. Jeers, whispers, sneers, those are fine. I ignore them, punch something to make them hurt less. Compliments? I don’t know what to do with those.”
“You’re different. That’s not necessarily bad,” He offers. His long fingers skim over a row of books and he picks one out, flipping through the pages. “More literature in which the protagonist kisses his interest. Is it all your human writers are interested in? It hardly seems worthy enough to devote entire books to.”
“It’s not so bad,” I defend. “Kissing.”
“You speak from experience?” He asks.
“Second grade during the school play. Arnold Grady. We were backstage, behind the curtain. I thought it was a good time to go for it.”
“It was enjoyable, then?”
“Too wet.” I laugh, the memory burning like an old tattoo of embarrassment. “He was shorter than me - all the boys were. They’ve only started catching up this year, really.”
I raise an eyebrow. “What? Of the short boys?”
“Of your kiss. You speak of it fondly. Even if it was lacking technique, you still remember it. It must have been an important experience. I assume I will never know that sort of feeling - ”
I step into him. He jolts back, hitting the bookshelf. It shakes, and settles. I point up at him.
“Be thankful. You guys have the ceremony of flame. You don’t waste time with petty shit and he-likes-her-she-likes-him crap. Your future is arranged by your family. But us? Humans? We fish around blindly in a pool of seven billion people, hoping one of them isn’t too crazy or too incompatible with us, and we get so desperate that when we find someone we can stand for two minutes we decide to marry them for life, when in reality they’re all wrong for us. But we keep pretending they’re right, until we can’t anymore, and then we divorce them or break up and we get up and try again, and again, and it chips away at our tiny human hearts.”
He stares at me intently, as if I’m lecturing him and he’s trying his hardest to learn something from it. I snort.
“You’re lucky, Creeps. All you Gutters are lucky.”
“What you call ‘lucky’, I call ‘boring’,” Shadus says. “The human way of things may be more painful, but it sounds much more fun.”
I stride up to him, get in his face. His chest is rising and falling, his fists balled up. His ruby eyes stare down at me.
“Don’t do it,” He murmurs.
“Do what?” I singsong.
He struggles with something inside himself, a pained look coming over his expression.
I press my head into the cradle where his neck meets his shoulder.
*ARC received in return for an honest review
So I am left sitting here, having just finished Fear Me Not, thinking this story was really out of this world which is quite fitting, don't you think, for an Alien/ Sci Fi read? I'm not really into YA novels but I am a sucker for paranormal read and having read this story, by Sarah Wolf, it really did tick all my boxes I look for in a 5 star read.
"Eleven years ago, aliens landed on Earth..."
We have aliens which are known as Gutters, who landed on earth 11 years ago, that the government have now decided to create a school where some young Gutters and humans can live together and take the same classes to educate and help them understand each other's species. They are then each partnered up, one gutter and one human. The school is set up to help Gutters and humans with the understanding that they should live together in peace and not against each other. Part of the set up for the humans that attend this school is, they have to sign up to become an EVE (Emotion Vesicle Engraft). These are people, and one of few humans, who are genetically capable of producing emotions for the Gutters to feed on.Those humans that volunteer get a large sum of money and that's the only reason Victoria is there.
This leads me on to to our leading lady, Victoria. Having lost her mother, due to a stampede against aliens, Victoria really is not the gutters number one fan but having a sick sister in need of medical help and her father working all hours, the money coming in just is not enough. The only way she sees to make things better is to sign up to be an EVE. So on her first day, Vic is partnered up with a Gutter and this is when she meets Shadus.....
Brown eyes. I do a double take.
They aren’t quite brown, more like rust. The irises streak with red, like the colour of blood. They belong to a male Gutter. His eyes are shadowed by thick lashes and long bangs, his hair unkempt and messy. He’s slouched, elbows on the table behind him. His body is lean, like he doesn’t eat properly. His cheekbones are razor sharp and his shoulders are broad, his expression completely bored on his olive skin.
Shadus showed Vic from the start he wasn't there to make friends, with humans or even his fellow Gutters, he was very closed off and a bit of a loner. But for me this made him even more intriguing and found myself wanting to get to know him more. I just loved the way he started to take notice of Vic, she seemed to open his eyes and touch his heart. Seeing how their connection got stronger was heartwarming and funny at times when Shadus would try hard to make Vic like and notice him. It was like, from the onset, they were like two pieces of a puzzle that came together to complete the picture.
“It sounds like Creeps. Crepes. Creeps,” He tries experimentally.
There’s a silence.
“That was my attempt at human humour.”
"I don’t comment on the way his hand seems to fit nicely over mine - like two pieces of a puzzle."
I really do not want to give too much away of the story but Sarah Wolf really has created one hell of an awesome read, with well developed characters that you will be left thinking about for days after you finish to the brilliant story line that keeps you gripped onto the side of your sofa until the CLIFFFFHANGEEEERRR at the end.
NNNNNOOOOOOOO I need the next instalment GOD DAMN NOW!!!
A definite recommended read for all you fans of sci fi and young adult novels.
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The boy she maybe-sort-of-definitely loved has dropped off the face of the planet after his girlfriend's death, leaving a Jack-shaped hole. Determined to be happy, Isis fills it in with lies and puts on a brave smile for her new life at Ohio State University.
But how long can that smile last with all of her friends gone?
How long can it last with the guilt of Sophia's death crushing her?
And how long can it really last when Will Cavanaugh attends the same school, taunting her?
Isis is good at pretending everything is okay. But not that good. The cracks begin to show.
Isis Blake is good at putting herself back together.
But Jack Hunter is better.
**This book contains language and sexual scenes, some of which may be unsuitable for younger readers.
**This is the third and final book in the LOVELY VICIOUS series.