I just finished reading The Returners by Gemma Malley.
London teenager Will Hodge is miserable. His mother is dead, his father's political leanings have grown radical, and his friends barely talk to him. To top it off, he's having nightmares about things like concentration camps. Then Will notices he's being followed by a group of people who claim to know him from another time in history. It turns out they are Returners, reincarnated people who carry with them the memory of atrocities they have witnessed in the past. Will realizes that he, too, is a Returner. But something about his memories is different, and with dawning horror, Will suspects that he wasn't just a witness to the events, he was instrumental in making them happen. Set in the near future, with the world on the verge of a new wave of ethnic cleansing, Will must choose to confront the cruelty he's known in his past lives, or be doomed to repeat it…
Ugh. This book was horrible for me. I didn't really like any part of it.
Will is such a weak character. He gets mad a lot, but that doesn't make him strong.
And there's so much racism in the book. I couldn't handle it. It's one thing to read a historical novel dealing with racism but this is supposed to be set in the near future.
There was nothing happy or positive in the book. The returners are there to absorb pain and suffering, But they don't do anything about it. They just accept it.
Add in the constant flashbacks and the dreams and thoughts and it all gets confusing. Just not my type of book. At all.
I gave this book a rating of 1.5/5.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2013 150+ Reading Challenge: 25
2013 ARC Reading Challenge: 17
2013 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 21
2013 Embarrassment of Riches TBR Reading Challenge: 3
2013 Quick Fix Challenge: 9
*FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher for a review.