What Kirkus Review is saying about Malice:
“Well-drawn characters and playful twists keep this thriller fully charged.”
What I know: a boy at my school will one day wipe out two-thirds of the population with a virus.
What I don’t know: who he is.
In a race against the clock, I not only have to figure out his identity, but I’ll have to outwit a voice from the future telling me to kill him. Because I’m starting to realize no one is telling the truth. But how can I play chess with someone who already knows the outcome of my every move? Someone so filled with malice she’s lost all hope in humanity? Well, I’ll just have to find a way―because now she’s drawn a target on the only boy I’ve ever loved…
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Fly Girl’s Review:
Wow, this one really affected me. I mean it even gave me nightmares for which I can’t ever get that sleep back. As you will learn from all my friends, sleep is the most important thing for me. I’d sleep all the time if everyone let me. Unfortunately, I have to work and keep up with my family.
Back to the book. This is so inventive and such a slow psychological thriller, that you sucked in before you realize it. It was great to see a very different kind of world epidemic thought up and executed well. An allergy to the sun is so unique that it makes me wonder what that world would look like. Anyway, she also has this psychological part down pat. She makes Alice decide between the two most important people in her life, but somehow she twists it again just when you think you know who she will choose. If you read the afterward, the research she did and the assistance she got from others is probably what made the difference in this one. I don’t normally have nightmares about dystopian novels except this one felt very real.
Time travel is one of my favorite tropes so this one got me right away. The stream of consciousness she uses in the time travel element is very cool. It reminds me of seeing your life in pictures flash before your eyes just before death, only this is in a forward direction instead of back. Finally the romance is so angsty that I was on pins and needles as to which one was her soul mate. The ending was a very good surprise. Alice as a character shows so much internal emotion and the demonstration of what it paranoia must feel like is uncanny.
I’m giving this a 5 of 5 and it will probably make my top 10 for 2020. I would be interested to see Pintip do another book in this dystopian world, I think she has a lot more to explore in it. This is definitely worth your time and money to read. You won’t be disappointed.
Rating: 5 of 5 Propellers
Connect with Pintip Dunn
Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B., and received her J.D. at Yale Law School.
Pintip’s novel FORGET TOMORROW won the 2016 RWA RITA® for Best First Book, and SEIZE TODAY won the 2018 RITA for Best Young Adult Romance. In addition, her books have been translated into four languages, and they have been nominated for the following awards: the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire; the Japanese Sakura Medal; the MASL Truman Award; the Tome Society It list; the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award; and a Kirkus Reviews Best Indie Book of the Year. Her other novels include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, THE DARKEST LIE, GIRL ON THE VERGE, STAR-CROSSED, and MALICE.