Next on my #utopYA2014 reading list is Inescapable by Amy A. Bartol.
My name is Evie Claremont and this was to be the making of me–my freshman year of college. I’d been hoping that once I’d arrived on Crestwood’s campus, the nightmare that I’ve been having would go away. It hasn’t.
I may be an inexperienced seventeen-year-old, but I’m grounded…sane. I look for rational explanations to even the strangest circumstances. Since meeting sophomore Reed Wellington, however, nothing makes any sense. Whenever he’s near, I feel an attraction to him–a magnetic kind of force pulling me towards him. I know what you’re thinking…that sounds fairly awesome. Yeah, it would be…if he liked me, but Reed acts as if I’m the worst thing that has ever happened to Crestwood…or him. But get this, for some reason every time I turn around he’s there, barging into my life.
What is the secret that he’s keeping from me? I’m hoping that it’s anything but what I suspect: that he’s not exactly normal…and neither am I. So, maybe Crestwood won’t be the making of me, but it could be the breaking of me. I’ve been left to wonder if the dark future my dream is foretelling is…inescapable.
My first impression of Inescapable was that the writing style was a bit descriptively dense and peculiar. I couldn’t quite put my finger on what this book was about. Although, that initial confusion turned to intrigue and by the time all the facts came to the surface, I was blown away by a twist I did NOT see coming.
The story had an exciting premise with strong secondary characters. My initial pet peeve was the lack of relationship development in the beginning. Let me explain. So this book has a love triangle (oh goody!) and it’s a bizarre love triangle because it seemed a little one-sided. There was plenty of development between Evie and Reed, but Russell and Evie’s relationship started based on a single conversation and a sexy southern accent (which was a bit overdone, but I tried to look past it). However, Evie was sufficiently torn between them throughout the novel, so much so that I could feel her pain.
I always pick a side, and this time I was surprised because I usually pick the underdog (in this case Russell) but I pick Reed. He had a strength to him that made the rare moments of vulnerability adorable. Evie, as the female lead, was pretty entertaining; she was right at the cusp between independent and annoying by putting herself in danger. But ultimately, I would have done what she did making it seem more realistic. I also enjoyed the field hockey scenes. I’ve never seen Lacrosse or field hockey so it was fun to live in a preppy, private university setting for a while.
Although Inescapable had to grow on me, it was beautifully done and I thoroughly enjoyed Bartol’s characters. There is so much that has changed since the beginning that the next book will be very interesting. I’m looking forward to good things. The second book in the premonition seires is Intuition, which is already out.
STARS: 4 out of 5