What I know: a boy in 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 they’ve lost all hope in humanity? Well, I’ll just have to find a way—because now they’ve drawn a target on the only boy I’ve ever loved…
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Representation: LGBTQ: Lesbian, POC: Thai
Trigger Warnings: Death, bullying, emotional breakdown, abandonment by a parent, distant parent, illness
My Rating: 3.75 stars
I was given an e-copy of this book by the author and the FFBC Tours but this doesn’t influence my views and opinions in any way whatsoever. I’m very grateful to have been included in this tour. Thank you FFBC Tours and Pintip Dunn!
The plot was rather slow, to begin with, but about half-way through the book, it got really intense and fast-paced and threw a whole lot of plot twists in my way. I loved the increased pace as it conveyed the sense of urgency that had been missing from the first half of the story and I like the way in which time-travel was explored in this book. Sure, some parts were pretty far-fetched and unbelievable but somehow it ended up working for me. I just wish that the plot had had a bit more substance in the beginning and would have jumped straight into the story without sort of hanging back to sketch out the characters.
Nevertheless, I would say that the plot was one of the strongest areas of Malice, especially in the second half of the book.
Honestly, I never really connected with any of the characters, except for maybe the Older Alice and Archie. To me, Alice felt a bit naive and infuriating. The way she talked and acted got under my skin, at least for the first half of the story. I loved Archie from the very beginning, he is such a cutie and I want to hug him and make his world better. I love the way in which his character was built up bit by bit and we got to see a lot about his personality through small instances.
I wasn’t a huge fan of Bandit. He was the typical bad guy who is actually good and I’ve had enough of that. I mean sure, once in a while I will succumb to that trope if nicely written but it didn’t work out for me in this book. Bandit was suddenly so good? He just let so many strange and alarming things that Alice did slide, just because he really liked her. I just couldn’t find myself rooting for the two of them that much.
I would have loved to see more of Lalana and Cristelena but unfortunately, both these characters played a sort of minor role in the story. I was also a bit confused with Zeke’s character at times and I wish he had been explored more.
I was doubtful of the author’s writing style in the beginning. Something felt off. The characters sounded whiny and giggly and seemed to be wasting away precious page-time and I couldn’t see any of the plot I had been promised. But surprisingly, it did improve quite a lot as we surged deeper into the story. The words got tighter and had a nice flow to them. The descriptions weren’t too vague and at the same time left enough for the reader’s imagination. The pacing was great and I ended up flying through the last hundred pages.
MY FAVOURITE QUOTES
“Sometimes, even soul mates won’t fit together if they meet at the wrong age.”
“Because when I talk to you, sometimes you forget to blink. And so help me, that makes me feel like the most important person on the planet.”
“Hope must be strongest when hope appears lost.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
Her novel FORGET TOMORROW won the 2016 RWA RITA® for Best First Book, and SEIZE TODAY won the 2018 RITA for Best Young Adult Romance. Her books have been translated into four languages, and they have been nominated for the following awards: the Grand Prix del’Imaginaire; the Japanese Sakura Medal; the MASL Truman Award; the TomeSociety It list; and the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award.
Her other titles include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, THE DARKEST LIE, GIRL ON THE VERGE, STAR-CROSSED, and MALICE.
She lives with her husband and children in Maryland.
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