Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Savannah Grey by Cliff McNish

McNish, Cliff Savannah Grey, 274 p. Carolrhoda (Lerner), 2010.  Content: G.  A extraterrestrial, ancient evil, the Ocrassa, has been biding its time in its fight for dominance of the earth.  Savannah Grey may only be a high school student, but she is what the universe has been waiting for.  Oh, the Ocrassa knows all about Savannah, but it is willing to play a very deep game, involving two of its creations and a boy, Reece, who is really catching Savannah’s interest – especially because he seems to have the safe physical abnormalities that Savannah has  - some odd structures inside of her throat that produce odd clicks, tics and hums in an involuntary manner. Nature seems to be in control here, but Savannah is also a human being with a mind of her own.  I really liked the parts of the book where we learn about the history of the Ocrassa; they are a nice back story for the present happenings.  Nothing dytopian about this book – this is a great piece of modern science fiction/horror that doesn’t rely upon shock, awe or racy language to make its point.  MS, HS – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library Teacher

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