Published by Blink on November 5, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Source: The Publisher
Cover Artist: DeAnna Pierce
My content rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing; Violence, including death)
The Swarm is unrecognizable, untraceable, and unpredictable—random attacks on the streets of Chicago by a mob of crazed teens that leaves death in its wake. It’s been two years since the last attack, but Lia Finch has found clues that reveal the Swarm is ready to claim a new victim.
Lia is the only one still pursuing her father’s killers, two years after attorney Steven Finch’s murder by the Swarm. Devastated and desperate for answers, Lia will do anything to uncover the reasons behind his death and to stop someone else from being struck down. But due to debilitating asthma and PTSD that leaves her with a tenuous hold on reality, Lia is the last person to mount a crusade on her own.
After a close encounter with the Swarm puts Lia on their radar, she teams up with a teen hacker, a reporter, and a mysterious stranger who knows firsthand how the mob works. Together, they work to uncover the master puppeteer behind the group. Though if Lia and her network don’t stop the person pulling the strings—and fast—Lia may end up the next target.
This heart-thumping thriller will keep you guessing! Who is behind Lia’s father’s death—and will she be the next victim?
I hadn’t heard of the flash mob violence in Chicago, even though I live in the suburbs (now that I’ve looked it up, I know it’s scary stuff!), but I was incredibly intrigued at the idea of a book based on the concept. The idea of teenagers organizing violent mobs via social media is pretty scary. And then Gabriel took the concept and made it even scarier: What if the attacks were targeted, a cover-up for some larger scheme, and the victims were actually dying? The result is a YA thriller with incredibly high stakes. Lia hasn’t given up on finding the “Swarm” who killed her father, but when she tries to capture another attack on video, she finds herself in the middle of a dangerous game—one she doesn’t know the rules for. The suspense is constant as Lia sees danger in every teenager she encounters. Is she imagining things or could almost any kid at school actually be out to get her?
The book also weaves in a romance, but I don’t want to talk much about it because I feel like it would be hard to stay out of spoiler territory. Suffice it to say, Lia’s never quite sure who she can trust—and that includes her love interest. I’ll confess that I did feel a slight disconnect with the MC—a few events in this book had the potential to be devastating, but while I appreciated them for their effect on the story and the mystery, I never really felt for Lia as she experienced incredible loss. Still, this was a tightly woven mystery with plenty of surprises!
***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
About the Author
Kimberly Gabriel started writing in fourth grade when she wrote, bound, and gave away books of terrible poetry to family and teachers as holiday gifts. Today she is an English teacher, who still squanders all free minutes to write and uses it as the best scapegoat for her laundry avoidance issues. When she is not teaching or writing, Kimberly is enjoying life with her husband, her three beautiful children, and a seriously beautiful boxer in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Every Stolen Breath is her debut novel and a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection.
Finished copy of Every Stolen Breath by Kimberly Gabriel + signed bookplate + poster (USA)