My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won’t find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could’ve been better or what worked or didn’t work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it’s here I probably think it won’t injure your brain if you read it.
Mikey is a regular kid in a town where the Chosen Ones blow up the school every ten years or so. In his parents time it was the soul-eating undead, there was a wave of highly attractive vampire attacks / love affairs awhile back, and it looks like for his generation it’s going to be immortal beings that use a strange blue light to bring things back to life – like the deer that his best friend hit with her car right after he confessed his love for her.
Being a normal in a town full of Indies (effortlessly cool kids, mostly named Finn) is not easy. There’s always drama surrounding him when all Mikey wants to do is get through each day until graduation, try to figure out his feelings for his best friend before she leaves for a mission trip to Africa, and deal with the fact that he’s pretty sure he needs his circle of friends more than they need him.
Even in the normal crowd he’s the boring one, and Mikey’s OCD has him washing his hands until they crack as everyday stress builds (alongside continued attacks from the Immortals, resulting in tragic deaths of many Indie kids – there are perks to being boring). Just getting through life is hard enough for Mikey. He’s never wanted to be an Indie, but being normal can be just as difficult.