Book Review: Arson by: Estevan Vega


Tate Publishing

Publish Date:
May 4, 2010

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Arson Gable feels like a freak. He can create fire. He never asked for it. He never wanted it. But he can’t shut it off.

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. Using what he fears most about himself, Arson must face his consuming past and confront the nightmare that is his present as he walks the fine line between boy and monster. Dark, moody, and breathtakingly relevant, Arson, the chilling chronicle of an isolated boy with unimaginable ability, is sure to ignite the hearts and minds of a new generation.

Review: Arson Gable isn't your average teenager - he creates fire and can't always control himself. His grandmother blames him for the death of his parents and is alternately abusive and smothering. He has no friends, just people he has to tolerate to get through the day. Until he meets Emery - the girl with the mask to hide herself away from the world (and protect herself). Two loners come together to make something greater than themselves, if they can get beyond their own insecurities and pasts.

Arson's pyrokinesis isn't the main focus of the story, as you might think. It's just part of who he is. He works thankless hours at an ice cream shop to help out his grandmother and gets picked on by his boss and coworkers and taken advantage of by one of the popular girls. He's lonely and he's scared of himself. I like how he just goes to the lake and lays there, floating, when he wants to clear his head. Then he meets Emery - who brings out feelings in himself he never thought existed. He's very protective of her and intimidated by her at the same time. He feels accepted by her, for who he is - no secrets or lies between them. It's a haunting a moving story of two lonely and hurting souls who find more within each other. I wasn't a huge fan of the ending - it seemed quite abrupt and came out of nowhere. Other than that, Arson is a touching tale.

Arson Series: Arson (1), Ashes (2)

1 comment:

  1. Great review. I picked this one up and started reading but got distracted by more pressing reading deadlines, unfortunately. I hate when that happens. I've heard wonderful things about this novel from other reviewers and what I've read I really liked. The author's voice is very original and his style reminded me of the YA that I loved as a child instead of the more literal writing that is used today.


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