Published May 27th 2014
“The isolated town of Beldon, Wisconsin, is shocked when a high school freshman’s body is found in Lake Algonquin. Just like everyone in the community, sixteen-year-old Daniel Byers believes that Emily Jackson’s death was accidental. But at her funeral, when he has a terrifying vision of her, his world begins to rip apart at the seams.
Convinced that Emily’s appearance was more than just a mere hallucination, Daniel begins to look carefully into her death, even as he increasingly loses the ability to distinguish fantasy from reality.
What’s real? What’s not? Where does reality end and madness begin?
As Daniel struggles to find the truth, his world begins to crumble around him as he slips further and further into his own private blurred reality.”
This book! Wow!
Right from the start, Blur caught my attention. The first chapter was so suspenseful and that suspense continued though out the whole book. This book reminded me Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell in a way. There’s really nothing about these two books that are alike but Blur and Undercurrent both had the same kind of vibe.
Blur is so well written. I was really surprised by the writing of this book. Everything was written like how people actually talk and that made the book feel a lot of relatable in a way.
I really liked the main character, Daniel. He was such a refreshing character. Though out the entire book, he was so honest and open about the things he was seeing and what was happening to him. He told his dad everything that was going on. So many characters in books, tv, and movies hide all the crap that’s happening to them when it would be easier and better to just tell the truth. And Daniel did! He knew something was wrong and he went for help. He might be a fictional character but he’s setting a good example.
If more YA characters were like Daniel, the genre would be better for it. All authors should look at the character that Steven James created and learn. Because that’s how it’s done.
The plot of this book killed me. So many times I thought I knew what was going to happen. Three times I was so sure I knew. But it turns out I had no clue. I was on the edge of my seat during the last half of this book. I read this whole book in a day because I couldn’t put it down.
Overall, Blur is one of the best books I’ve read in 2015. I loved it so much and I can’t wait to see what happens in book two. I highly recommend this book.