Genre: Horror, Young Adult
Published by Balzer + Bray (4.17.2012)
Hardcover, 352 pages
When Marshall King and Elyse Alton suddenly wake up tangled in each other's arms with zero memory of how they got there or even who they are, it's the start of a long journey through their separate pasts and shared future.
Terrified by their amnesia, Marshall and Elyse make a pact to work together to find the answers that could restore their missing memories. As they piece together clues about their lives, they discover that they're in the idyllic mountain resort town of Summer Falls. Everyone seems happy there, but as Marshall and Elyse quickly learn, darkness lurks beneath the town's perfect facade. Not only is the town haunted by sinister ghosts, but none of its living inhabitants retain bad memories of anything--not the death of Marshall's mom, not the hidden violence in Elyse's family, not even the day-to-day anguish of being a high schooler.
Lonely in this world of happy zombies, Marshall and Elyse fall into an intense relationship founded on their mutual quest for truth. But the secrets they're trying to uncover could be the death of this budding love affair--and of everyone, and everything, they love in Summer Falls.
But as Marshall and Elyse slowly start getting their memory back, everything starts to make sense. The random ‘heatnaps’ don’t seem so strange, and the forgetfulness has a purpose. The background of the town was fascinating and brilliant.
I’m not really sure how I felt about Marshall and Elyse. After they wake up, they start to realize they weren’t that respectable in the past. They were both rather selfish, but they do have development as the story goes on. They were flawed and that should have made them more realistic, yet I didn’t really connect with hem the way I connected with the story.