Arson (Arson #1) by Estevan Vega
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Before now, three things were true: he both loved and despised his grandmother; his life was going nowhere; and he was alone. But when a strange girl--who feels more normal behind a mask than inside her own skin--moves in next door, Arson hopes to find something he's never had: purpose. After years of living in fear, he will be forced to confront his haunting past and embrace the unknown as he walks the fine line between boy and monster. Edgy, realistic, and breathtaking, Arson, the chilling chronicle of an isolated teenager with unimaginable ability, is set to ignite the hearts and minds of a new generation.
"This place wasn't where souls came to find new life; it was where they came to die."
While reading the first third or so of the book, there were two words that captured it very well. Dark and disturbing. Dark because of Arson's tortured mind and his special gift/curse. These two things always remind him of that unfortunate day in his past and never let him be without the feeling of guilt. Disturbing because of Arson's grandmother. I can't even explain, you have to read about her yourself.
Another word that might describe Arson is pathetic. On one hand, with his grandma and everything, he managed to be quite normal. But on the other he was incredibly naïve and the way he behaved while the Mandy girl was around, well, that was tragic. Why all the special/different people always fall for people who only make fun of them or use them? Why do they always try to be someone else instead of accepting who they are? Oh well, I suppose we all have done it at some point in our life. But it just makes me sad.
But still, I liked Arson, especially when he slowly became stronger and more confident. He was a character I cared for.
Also, I enjoyed his strange and not easy relationship with Emery.
Mostly this book was exploring human psyche and had quite a dark tone, which I always love! But the twist at the end suggests Arson is also (probably) a supernatural story as well. The ending definitely makes you curious. :)
All in all enjoyable and unusual YA book.
There is one signed copy (US/Canada) and a $25 Amazongift card being given away. It's Good luck. :)