Finally another review! I’ve been super busy between planning the event and classes so I haven’t had much of a chance to read, but I’ve finished The Eighth Guardian by Meredith McCardle! Meredith will be one of the authors attending YA MANIA, so I’m very excited to have read it. Here is the blurb:
Amanda Obermann. Code name Iris.
It’s Testing Day. The day that comes without warning, the day when all juniors and seniors at The Peel Academy undergo a series of intense physical and psychological tests to see if they’re ready to graduate and become government operatives. Amanda and her boyfriend Abe are top students, and they’ve just endured thirty-six hours of testing. But they’re juniors and don’t expect to graduate. That’ll happen next year, when they plan to join the CIA—together.
But when the graduates are announced, the results are shocking. Amanda has been chosen—the first junior in decades. And she receives the opportunity of a lifetime: to join a secret government organization called the Annum Guard and travel through time to change the course of history. But in order to become the Eighth Guardian in this exclusive group, Amanda must say good-bye to everything—her name, her family, and even Abe—forever.
Who is really behind the Annum Guard? And can she trust them with her life?
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars
I’ve never read a book quite like this before, and I meant that in a good way! I was hooked instantly by this unique story and couldn’t put it down, but I had to do a few times because school constantly got in the way.
The world building was very clever, the main character, Amanda/Iris lives in modern day Boston and attends Peel Academy, a secret government school that trains teenagers to work for the government. Testing Day determines when students graduate and where they go to work after graduation, Amanda is chosen to work for Annum Guard but this path seems for difficult than it first appears. The Annum Guard has the ability to travel through time, so this makes the book exquisite to me since I’ve never read a time travel book. I learned a lot of history while reading and actually became really paranoid. What if the government really does have the ability to travel through time? Does that mean our history is actually altered?
The characters in this story were kind of shaky. When first meeting Iris/Amanda I thought she was a strong female character that can take care of herself, but as the story proceeds she became kind of whiny. However, that was the point and there was great character development on her part.
Overall, I loved this book and highly recommend it to everyone. If you live in Florida, come by YA Mania, pick up a copy, and meet Meredith! I guarantee you’ll love it.