Friday, September 28, 2012

Debut Author Challenge #6/Too much death?

I've been doing a lot of Debut catch up lately, thanks to a new Mp3 player...The last one fell into a pan of chicken broth as I was leaning over to feed the dog...ugh. I was so mad at myself for the waste of money that I didn't buy myself a new one for a few months.

Eventually my audiobook addiction won out (and the library's YA Playaway selection ran low), so here I am toward the end of the year with a lot of Debut posts to write.

Unraveling, by Elizabeth Norris, is a contemporary set sci-fi that felt a little supernatural to me in tone/setup.

The heroine, Janelle, is of the independent, kickass persuasion, which was probably my favorite part.

*Spoiler Alert* There did seem to be a lot of loss in this book. I won't name character names or anything, but I'm's not unrealistic for a lot of people to die in dangerous situations like the ones in this book, but there seems to be some unwritten rule that a main character should only have to lose so much...Like how Katniss lost her sister and Cinna but still had Peeta, Haymitch and Gale.
At this rate, Janelle will be all alone by the end of the series, if not before.

What about you? Read this one? Any other debuts to recommend? What do you think about the amount of loss in books? Should there be limits or does anything go?


  1. I'm only a stickler about the amount of loss for contemporary, really. SciFi/Fantasy/Paranormal/Thriller books make it easier for me, as a reader, to suspend a little disbelief about the circumstances of the characters' lives.

    Sorry about that Mp3 player! I hope at least the broth was tasty?

  2. I haven't heard of this one before. I'm not really a fan of books where the MC loses everyone, but I do find it more believable in sci-fi or other non-contemporary genres.