[443]: The Bodies We Wear by Jeyn Roberts

Random House Children’s Books | Hardcover, 353 pages
Publication Date: September 23rd, 2014
Young Adult | Suspense
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Faye was only 11 years old when she overdosed on Heam; a drug that’s lethal to some and terrifyingly addictive. Forced to ingest a sufficient amount Β enough to put her in a stasis on the verge of death, the drug didn’t live up to its name (Heaven’s Dream). Β Instead, she saw hell. But before she closed her eyes, her tormentors made sure that she witnessed the killing of her best friend, Christian. Ever since then, and even at such a young age, she made a promise to avenge his death. With the help of a former cop who knew only too well the pain of such a loss, she trained under his tutelage to become a seasoned fighter. All the while, biding her time until she rids the world of those men who stole her future, and the life of the only person who’d ever shown her kindness and love in a world full of cruelty.

There’s not a lot of opportunities for people like her; people who’d overdosed on Heam. Society rejects them like the scum of the earth. They become pariahs.

For the most part, she’s kept her head down at school, and her grades close to perfect. She kept away from trouble; and trained with the tenacity and discipline like that of a veteran fighter. But no matter how careful she’d been to reveal her past, fate seemed to be determined to exact her more pain.

My first Jeyn Roberts novel wasn’t without expectations. I’ve known her writing to be dark; her story arches – different. I was prepared, to say the least. What I didn’t anticipate is how different the entire experience would be. For one, the world was set in an alternate universe where lawlessness was pervasive. Ruled by drug lords, dealers, and defeated authorities who’d learned to look away wherever injustices occur. For another, I was not entirely sure how to put this book in a proper classification. Was it paranormal? Thriller? Suspense? Dystopian? It was as elusive and thought-provoking as its ending.

Faye was a kick-ass character as much as fighting heroines go. But there were instances when she played the woe-is-me card way too much. It seems as though she spent way too much time psyching herself up; giving herself a pep talk before she goes on an avenging spree. Don’t get me wrong, a girl who can pick off a gang of weapon-wielding men with her bare hands one by one wins my vote for bad-assery. And Faye did exactly that. However, I thought that if you’re giving us a character who’s state of mind is on a perpetual must-kill-bad-menΒ loop, I thought that it would be better to have made her a cold killer instead of one who unknowingly second guesses herself.

There are a couple of underlying social issues laced amongst the pages of this book. One is religion: Do you believe in the after life? Do you believe you can be saved? Do you believe in God? Another point is drug use. While the first was something that she’d left to the readers’ prerogative, the latter was a lesson hammered with an iron fist: taking drugs is bad.

The Bodies We Wear is such an appropriate title. It speaks of the masks we wear on a daily basis to get through the day. And while this novel also has some Body Snatchers undertones, I chose to believe that it has more to do with what Faye needed to do hide her real self.

Over all, I can see the appeal of Jeyn’s dark story-telling. This novel ended the way you’d expect from a writer like Jeyn. It was hopeful, but stingy in a way that it left the ending unresolved.

Thanks to Random House for the tour invite. πŸ™‚

  • You write reviews so well, Joy. You describe books so well without giving too much away. πŸ™‚ Having said that, I wanna give this book a try even though books with serial killers scare the hell out of me. But maybe it’s time to branch out. πŸ˜‰

    • Aw. Thanks, Joy! I hope you’ll enjoy all its creepy intricacies. πŸ˜€

  • Hmm… this book sounds interesting and definitely dark. I may have to give it a try though. I do like dark sometimes. Though I’m not quite sure about this one.

  • Hi Joy! I recently reviewed and read this as well. I’m sorry you didn’t love it. I liked it more than you did. I gave it 4/5, mainly because I was drawn to the attraction and closeness and lovely vibe going on between Chael and Faye. They had sweet moments and I liked that. The paranormal element, too, was intriguing. Great honest review! πŸ™‚

    Precious Fragments of Life

  • Oh the title is awesome! I think I’ll give this book a shot just because I love the title πŸ˜€ Great review! Looking forward to more by you! πŸ™‚
    Book Maniac Reviews

  • I often struggle to connect with protagonists who are addicted to drugs, whether it be voluntarily or through no fault of their own, and the religious aspects of this story don’t exactly appeal to me either. I’m still not fully convinced that this book is for me, Body Snatchers undertones notwithstanding.

  • I’m always anxious with this kind of ends. I didn’t know about this one I confess but the idea is interesting mainly as the girl needs to manage a new life. I’m not a fan of religion in books but if it’s well done it can pass.

  • I never can get into a book when it starts pushing religion at me in anyway. πŸ™

  • Christy

    I love Jeyn and her writing. This was different that her other books. I thought it was okay, but prefer her other series, much darker and effed up.

  • Ive seen this around and do like what its about. I love blood and Gore and though the heroine might annoy me about her sporadic victim mentality, I think I can chalk that up as a character flaw.

  • oh wow this book sounds amazing, i like the alternative universe take on it o.o going to be adding to my tbr

  • Oh I hadn’t heard of this one before but I am kind of intrigued! These kinds of stories always creep me out so that’s a win (I like being creeped out) LOL

  • This sounds like a great read but I am wondering if that unresolved ending would leave me crazy. Great review!

  • Awesome review Joy. <3 I'm glad you enjoyed it, but sorry you didn't love it : I also got email about this book, but decided to decline, as I was sure I would dislike it :p and reading your review now, I'm even more sure it isn't for me, hih. But I do love the title πŸ˜€ And I love your thoughts on it. <3 thank you for sharing sweetie πŸ™‚