Published by Simon and Schuster
Source: Passed onto to me by my blogging friend Sarah
It’s winter break in Ascension, Maine. The snow is falling and everything looks pristine and peaceful. But not all is as it seems...
Between cozy traditions and parties with her friends, Emily loves the holidays. And this year’s even better--the guy she’s been into for months is finally noticing her. But Em knows if she starts things with him, there’s no turning back. Because his girlfriend is Em’s best friend.
On the other side of town, Chase is having problems of his own. The stress of his home life is starting to take its toll, and his social life is unraveling. But that’s nothing compared to what’s really haunting him. Chase has done something cruel...something the perfect guy he pretends to be would never do. And it’s only a matter of time before he’s exposed.
In Ascension, mistakes can be deadly. And three girls—three beautiful, mysterious girls—are here to choose who will pay.
Em and Chase have been chosen.
The thing that struck me first about this book is that the characters are not all that likable. They've all done things that are not all that nice and to a certain extent as a reader I started off with a slightly twisted satisfaction that they were getting what was coming to them as the Furies started their work.
That said as the book went on and the ways in which the Furies got their revenge became more extreme I found myself ill at ease with what was happening. Had the book been a film there would have been several scenes where I would have been hid behind my pillow not quite wanting to look at what was going on. The author had this terribly clever way of writing where you were torn between not wanting to know what was going to happen next but also needing to know just as badly.
For me the most interesting part of this story was the paranormal element which doesn't really come into play until the very end of the book and I hope this is something that is drawn out more fully in future books as I found myself with lots of questions about why they were doing what they were doing.
All in all an interesting read and a potentially very exciting series for older YA readers.