256p. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062299734; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9780062299758.
Gr 9 Up—Fast-paced second-person narration places readers squarely in the head of an amnesiac teen girl who only knows that she has a blackbird tattoo on her wrist and that someone is trying to kill her. Quickly adopting the nickname Sunny, the main character soon finds herself framed for theft. Not trusting the police, she manages to find sanctuary among a group of wealthy Los Angeles teens. Romantic tension builds between the protagonist and Ben, her rescuer. Sunny soon discovers abilities she didn't know she had: being able to dodge assassin's bullets and also excelling in close hand-to-hand combat when cornered by pursuers. Tantalizing flashes of memories, along with clues from her assailants, reveal that Sunny is a family-less teen runaway who depended on a handsome friend to survive the rigors of being hunted by the jaded elite. Plenty of plot twists will leave readers guessing as to who is trustworthy. Inspired by Richard Connell's classic short story, "The Most Dangerous Game," the novel draws to a satisfying close but leaves plenty of room for a sequel.—Madigan McGillicuddy, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Atlanta, GA
A teenage girl with amnesia wakes up on train tracks with a subway car barreling toward her. She has few clues to her identity, other than flashes of memory--and encounters with numerous people who seem intent on killing her. The second-person narration feels gimmicky and unnecessary, but fast pacing and skillfully intentional narrative disorientation help propel this tension-filled thriller.

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