Meridian, Amber Kizer

| 21 April , 2010 | Reply

Tina Gamble

Half-human, half-angel, Meridian Sozu has a dark responsibility.

Sixteen-year-old Meridian has been surrounded by death ever since she can remember. As a child, insects, mice, and salamanders would burrow into her bedclothes and die. At her elementary school, she was blamed for a classmate’s tragic accident. And on her sixteenth birthday, a car crashes in front of her family home – and Meridian’s body explodes in pain.

Before she can fully recover, Meridian is told that she’s a danger to her family and hustled off to her great-aunt’s house in Revelation, Colorado. It’s there that she learns that she is a Fenestra – the half-angel, half-human link between the living and the dead.

It\’s crucial that Meridian learns how to transition human souls to the afterlife – how to help people die. Only then can she help preserve the balance between good and evil on earth. But before she can do that, she must come to terms with her ability, outsmart the charismatic preacher who\’s taken over Revelation, and maybe – if she can accept her sworn protector, Tens, for who he is – fall in love.

Amber Kizer\’s new edition to the YA paranormal sector, Meridian, is an interesting take on angels, death and the link that connects the two. There is a religious undertone to this novel, as Meridian attempts to escape the conniving hands of the new town preacher.

Other themes that arise are a small town mentality, the preacher\’s attempt to ostracize Meridian, Auntie and Tens; leading to them being hunted down. The preacher draws on the fear and ignorance of the town, and uses it against Meridian, as she struggles for acceptance and understanding, from not just others, but from herself.

The only thing I would really comment on is the relationship between Tens and Meridian. Their romance is cute, but a little predictable. I felt it was just a little too perfect, how they just fell into step with one another after only one or two little spats or quarrels. Though, Kizer obviously made the effort to try and create some flaws before they ‘fall in love\’, I felt that it somewhat lacked a proper build up.

But don’t let that discourage you. Meridian by Amber Kizer is still a fascinating novel that steps out of the bounds of the normal vampire or werewolf romance, and brings to the paranormal genre a new kind of story.

Dark, raw and exciting – Meridian is an intriguing read.

Available now: Random House RRP$18.95


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