Can You Bring Things Back to Life?

Think about it, how would you like the ability to bring things back to life and to be able to control their every move? For the most part that sounds pretty cool right but here is the catch you are only allowed a three to four mile radius in which you can travel or you will lose control of the dead person. When you lose control their bodies die again and start to decay. Well that is what Chelsan, the main character of the book, Riser by Becca C. Smith, has to deal with on a day-to-day basis. Here is a brief summary of the book.

Black swirling holes churning madly in the center of every corpse. This is how eighteen-year-old Chelsan Derée sees the deceased. Her ability to connect to the black spinning holes allows her to control every dead thing within a four-mile radius.

But that’s the least of her problems. It’s 2320 and Chelsan Derée has to survive another year of high school, which for her is pure and utter torture, mainly due to the fact that her schoolmate Jill Forester’s favorite activity is making Chelsan’s life a living hell. If that isn’t enough, Chelsan’s impossible crush on Ryan Vaughn makes her brain do somersaults on a regular basis, especially since she is positive he doesn’t know she exists. And being eighteen Chelsan has to deal with the pressure of whether or not she should take a little pill called Age-pro, which cures aging, making the world eighteen forever and highly over-populated.

When Chelsan’s mother, Janet, is brutally killed, along with everyone else in her trailer park, Chelsan finds out that she was the intended target.

Chelsan must use her power to raise and control the dead to save herself, protect her friends and take down the man responsible for murdering her mother.

At first I was a little leery about this book, black holes and being able to control dead bodies are not something that I normally believe. But as I got into this book I realized that the main theme behind the book was not death it was life. More to the point, the relationships we have in life. Chelsan loses her mom, the only family she have ever known and becomes a part of a makeshift family unit that just works. We sometimes don’t always have the best the family life but have noticed that friends will normally pick up the slack. I so can identify with Chelsan, she is a strong character who in the face of adversity she is determined to face it head on. That really appeals to me.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book for the sole purpose of this review. I received no other monetary compensation.

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