Sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby is a teenage grim reaper with the bizarre ability to damn souls. That makes her pretty scary, even to fellow Grims. But after inadvertently transferring her ability to Zara, a murderous outlaw, Lex is a pariah in Croak, the little town she calls home.
To escape the townspeople’s wrath, she and her friends embark on a wild road trip to DeMyse. Though this sparkling desert oasis is full of luxuries and amusements, it feels like a prison to Lex. Her best chance at escape would be to stop Zara once and for all—but how can she do that from DeMyse, where the Grims seem mysteriously oblivious to Zara’s killing spree?
Note: This review was written over a year ago. I am posting it just as it was written then, though I hope to someday revisit Scorch and change my own opinion.
Scorch picks up right where Croak left off. After her sister’s death, Lex travels back to Croak with Uncle Mort, though they stop along the way to pick up new recruits. It’s her first time back in town since everything went down with Zara, and she’s nervous that the townspeople might reject her. Rightly so, it appears. Lex, Mort, and the two recruits, Pip and Bang, roll into town right in the middle of Norwood and Eloise’s secret meeting, held for the express purpose of tainting the people of Croak against Lex, Uncle Mort, and the other Juniors.
Stressful, yes? Stressful doesn’t even begin to cover what goes down in Croak when Zara Crashes in and kills a citizen completely untouched by Mort’s security system. After that, Ms. Damico keeps throwing the punches with twist after twist.
Ugh. Just… uggggh. I loved Croak. Nay, I adored it. It was funny and unique and exciting without being the least bit overwhelming. Scorch made me want to crawl under my bed.
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