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. 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.
*Review copy provided by Estevan Vega for the blog tour and an honest review*
The storytelling in this novel is fantastic. I adored reading Arson and having the opportunity to read it as well. The beginning is definitely not a sweet one but a strong start into Arson Gable’s life and his rough acceptance of being the freak with fire coursing through his veins.
Arson’s story is a compelling one and when paired off with Emery, his neighbor that wears a mask and a creepy one at that going Michael Meyers status. But their relationship together is one that is realistic and enjoyable to read about. They fit the pieces of each other very nicely. They were characters that I wanted to know more about and even though the deep details of Arson’s fire spurring powers didn’t satisfy the need and want to know more as I wanted it too, I wasn’t disgruntled at it too much because the twists and turns that Vega pushes Arson and Emery through make up for it. I couldn’t ask for a better trade off, really.
Though the beginning did leave me feeling a tad uncomfortable with the beatings that his grandmother gives him from her senile tendencies (I’m not one for child abuse), the latter chapters did push me out of that awkward shell and I was able to enjoy Arson a lot better.
As endings go, the cliff-hanger does bite at me, wanting the next novel to appear at my fingertips. Estevan Vega has a wonder with words and is a master manipulator at leaving your hanging off the edge.
Final Summation: Chilling and encompassing, Arson‘s world is hot and heavy and the stakes are filled. With a slow start, the novel does prove to pick up the pace after the first few chapters and then the ball rolls faster and faster. A great, compelling read for all in both YA and adult readers.
First Line: The lake was quiet.