I started and finished this book Monday night/Tuesday morning. Since then I have been trying to formulate my review in my head. It’s hard reviewing books. You wouldn’t think it is, right? You’d be wrong. Sometimes I don’t review the things I read because I just don’t feel like I have anything new to add to the discussion of the book. More often then not lately, it’s simply a symptom of my numbness to the world around me, and the reviewing world in particular. When you’ve hit and passed your year mark of reviewing you know most of your ins and outs. No matter how big or small your blog is you have your niche, your core followers (who are more than likely now friends) your blogging pals, and even if you are lucky co-bloggers.
Part of the reason why I am hesitant to write this review is because I’m not sure how much I want to bleed all over it. How open do I want to be. This is after all, Parajunkee’s blog. She is awesome and gives me a space to share my thoughts with you, but at the end of the day I have to respect that. Perhaps this review would be best put on my own blog where it would quickly fizzle into oblivion. But I want to share this book with a larger audience. So here it goes. Forgive me for my rambling.
Nova and Quinton are both scared by their pasts. They are full of regrets, for things that neither of them have any power to change. When their worlds collide then find each other and a little bit of peace from their pain. Ultimately they want to be numb, to not feel. They turn to self medicating, first through weed, then harder drugs, and crystal meth. Their paths lead them down a bumpy and dangerous road.
Breaking Nova is a dark and dismal read. Literally, it’s depressing, but I saw little glimpses of light, and hope. It made me smile, and it definitely made me cry. It broke my heart. I finished it at two am and was up until almost four thinking about this book, and my family, my past, my friend Kami. Tears were shed. Lots of them. I grew up in a small town in Iowa. Like most small towns in America, the drug meth has a strong hold on many of it’s citizens. Unlike and maybe just like some of you, I got to experience living with meth users first hand. As a new generation of bored teenager/young adult grows up the abuse of prescription pills is becoming almost as popular as meth is. It’s a scary thing to witness, and it tears me apart reading the helplessness that these characters feel
I’m not a visual reader, the book doesn’t play out as a movie in my head. I’m lucky if an author’s writing gives me clips or bursts of scent. I was in this story. When Sorensen talks about smells associated with certain drugs, I could smell them chocking me. I could see the effects of the drugs taking their toll on the character, and I loved it. It was such an experience for me, having a book live so vividly in my head. Sorensen put me in this story and she held me there. Even when I thought it was too much to take, she gripped me, and I had to finish.
Nova ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, and I am more than happily awaiting the sequel. Thank you so much to Hatchett Group and NetGalley for the chance to read Breaking Nova. Now off to hunt down the rest of Sorensen’s work.