This review is spoiler-free!
This book was received from the author for review. All opinions are my own.
Six former child stars struggle with the fallout of fame as they discover the bone-chilling secret behind their A-list lives. Enter a world where designer drugs bow to the perfection of a beautiful corpse, and monsters roam free.
Seventeen-year-old Carla Shane, fresh from rehab, is ready to give stardom a second chance as a budding ‘Reality’ star, but things take a strange turn when she meets a mysterious lady wearing size fourteen pumps – offering a unique shortcut to fame and fortune. Same goes for Jordan, Whitney, J.J., Troy, and Harlow – all at a crossroads in their lives when a series of bizarre and mysterious events unfold; Whitney’s gambling problem defies the laws of physics, J.J.’s beloved childhood action figure comes to life, Troy stumbles upon a wild animal offering nirvana, Harlow quietly stages a psychic coup, and Jordan is . . . well, not exactly Jordan these days.
Are they unwitting participants or willing accomplices in a scheme of epic proportions? Creative destruction meets Hollywood cool in this sci-fi thriller of perilous twists and turns.
I feel like my feelings regarding this book as a whole can be summed up in a single GIF.
This GIF, to be precise:
Maybe it was just me and maybe it’s because I read this one while on a vacation, but I got to the end of the book and was, perhaps, even more lost than I was at the start despite knowing who the book was about and, technically, what it was about. I can’t say it wasn’t an experience, though!
The story itself wasn’t exactly hard to follow, but it had twists I couldn’t have seen coming a mile away if I even tried, but I had a lot of fun winding my way around the chapters I was given in the form of the different former child stars of The Jub Jub Club.
Once I stopped trying to make perfect sense of everything happening to the kids, I found myself having a lot of fun seeing the strange story flow along, and, in the end, how it all really came together to be a story about child stars who followed the commands they were given and paid the price in the end, despite still technically being children. It really makes you take a look at today’s child stars and hope for the best.
(Or, in my case, look back at child stars–because this made me think of that one Disney Channel clique the entire time I was reading it. I forget the name, the one with Brittney Spears and Justin Timberlake and co.)
Anyway, all in all, not a bad story. Definitely different from anything else I’ve read before, and a pretty wild ride on top of it all.
Thanks for reading!