Luminous

Book: Luminous by Dawn Metcalf

Book Info: Published by Penguin Group; 304 pages; purchased for my Nook

Goodreads.com Summary: As reality slips and time stands still, Consuela finds herself thrust into the world of the Flow. Removed from all she loves into this shifting world overlapping our own, Consuela quickly discovers she has the power to step out of her earthly skin and cloak herself in new ones-skins made from the world around her, crafted from water, fire, air. She is joined by other teens with extraordinary abilities, bound together to safeguard a world they can affect, but where they no longer belong.

When murder threatens to undo the Flow, the Watcher charges Consuela and elusive, attractive V to stop the killer. But the psychopath who threatens her new world may also hold the only key to Consuela’s way home.

This is such a strange book, and I get why reviews seem to be so divided.

There is something very lyrical and beautiful about Metcalf’s writing.  And I can honestly say that I haven’t seen anything like this novel before.  I finished it a few days ago, and I can’t get it out of my head.  It makes you think about your place in the world, and the consequences that our actions have.

But the Flow and the people who live there seemed very distant.  I felt like they were just there, and the Flow seemed like a very confusing place.  It could have been described better, I think.  I didn’t really get a good sense of who anyone was or where she wanted it to go.  As unique as it is, I felt like Metcalf could have done more with it, because I felt like I was on the outside, looking in.

But I still enjoyed it, and thought that it was very creative.  I give it a 3 out of 5.

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