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Laney and Leela are identical twins, except for a birthmark and two very different personalities. Home for the summer after college graduation, they go on a camping trip with their two younger siblings. When they return home, they find the town empty. Everyone is missing, including their parents and Laney’s boyfriend, Hollister. Besides some strange marks on the ground caused by a lightning storm, there aren’t any clues, and without any leads on the disappearances, the police leave the town isolated and closed off. Laney falls into despair, and Leela is not sure how much longer they can remain in their home, hiding from the authorities. When a mysterious man named Curwen arrives, claiming he wants to help them, Laney and Leela aren’t sure how to proceed. He decides to tell them the truth even though it is forbidden—he works for the leader of an underground resistance, and he knows where their loved ones have been taken. Curwen offers to help the twins on a mission to rescue their parents and Hollister—a mission that could cost them their lives. Can they trust him? He may be their only hope.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 7.50 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: The plot of this novel is fast-moving and fascinating. At the center of the story is the eerie disappearance of an entire town. Readers will want to discover what role the identical twin sisters played in this occurrence.

Prose: Langley skillfully brings readers into the alternate world of Antonia. The prose is clear and consistently well crafted. The author's use of alternating voices lends to the mysterious tone of the book and helps further character development.

Originality: While some of the plot points are familiar, Langley makes her tale fresh through the voices of Laney and Leela though. Also, readers will enjoy the unique ending.

Character Development: The book is rife with intriguing characters. Langley attempts to differentiate the twins via personality traits, but their relationships with each other and others close to them could be more fleshed out.

Date Submitted: June 07, 2018

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