Belinda Reviews: "Meridian" - by Amber Kizer
Meridian has an unfortunate 16th birthday that leads her on a path of self-discovery and adventure. You see, she’s always been around the dead, but now she’s having her eyes opened in a big way and life will never be the same again.
Being sent to her Aunt’s house in Colorado, to hone her blossoming abilities, proves to be a little more dangerous than first thought. She finds herself going toe to toe with an entity corrupting the local church congregation, and her Aunt wants her to do what?!
Amber Kizer has tackled the difficult topics of death and blind faith with a full on body slam. She dares us to view the world differently, and to question that which seems morally wrong. She shows us how spin can be a very dangerous thing, and that absolute power corrupts absolutely.
For me, the main thread running through the whole book is, ‘How can you know where you‘re going if you don‘t know where you‘ve been?’ I found myself unnerved by the use of Bible scriptures, as I pictured them potentially being used to justify violent actions against people who don’t necessarily follow the same belief system. That being said, they certainly had their place within the story.
This engrossing book is a smooth read. The imagery is vivid and full of flavour. The characters are practically touchable and, love them or hate them, they certainly make the story pop from the page, jumping at you in full living colour.
The next book in the series, Wildcat Fireflies, is a fair way off yet. I can tell you, the wait will be difficult.
X Belinda X
Meridian – Amber Kizer
August 11, 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, 320 pages
- ISBN-10: 0385736681
- ISBN-13: 978-0385736688