Transcend by Christine Fonseca
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review of Transcend by Christine Fonseca
I originally read this book as a Chapter-a-Day read for Goodreads Group Never Too Old for YA Books. I didn’t know what to expect, so I was gratified to find an excellently written book with a very mysterious plotting and a good sense of psychological underpinnings. The denouement really is not telegraphed, so the clues unfold on their own with a steady sense of tension. The character evolution is very well written too.
Seventeen-year-old Ien is a musician in a well-off, upscale family during the Gilded Age of New York. The younger brother until the heir Erik dies in an accident, Ien wants only to play music, and to marry the feisty and lovely Kiera, a violinist-in-training. He cannot accept no for an answer, no matter who it comes from; and the result is a horrible accident in which Ien is scarred to the point of disfigurement. Voices and apparitions taunt him nearly constantly, driving him to the brink of madness, for he cannot discern which is real and which is not. In the end, the truth will out, though the reader will be very astonished.
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