Bodies We Wear
by Roberts, Jeyn

After a powerful new drug causes havoc and deadly addiction, seventeen-year-old Faye trains to take revenge on those who took her future and murdered the boy she loved.

Jeyn Roberts is the author of the acclaimed novels Dark Inside and Rage Within. Born in Saskatchewan, she graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in writing and psychology and received her MA from the prestigious creative writing graduate course at Bath Spa University. She lives in Vancouver, Canada.

Bitterness, sorrow, and hate. That's been the sum total of Faye's existence since the age of 11, when she and her friend Christian were dosed with the illegal addictive drug Heam by vindictive dealers. Heam, short for "Heaven's Dream," delivers an unprecedented high-it kills its users, gives them a vision of the afterlife, and then, usually, it resuscitates them. Faye woke up with a lifelong psychological addiction to the drug and the visible scars of an overdose survivor. But Christian didn't wake up at all. Heam users are stigmatized, even abandoned, and Faye considers herself lucky that Gazer, an ex-cop, adopted her after she was thrown out by her mother. Now in high school, Faye is obsessed with killing the men who destroyed her life and murdered Christian-until a handsome boy who knows too much about her appears from the shadows. Faye's confusion about blame and fate slow down this action-heavy thriller, but the noir-like setting and characters will satisfy. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Faye, forced to become a drug addict at 11, now craves revenge against the men who first fed her Heam. Heam, or Heaven's Dream, functionally kills its users, allowing them a glimpse of what appears to be heaven. When drug dealers seeking to punish Faye's father force-fed the drug to Faye and her friend Christian, Faye saw a hellish vision instead. Her chest covered in the red web of scars that mark survivors of a Heam overdose, Faye has spent the past several years becoming a skilled fighter in hopes of murdering the men she holds responsible for her downfall. Faye meets three people—a young Heam user, the sister of a missing Heam addict and a mysterious boy who pops up every time Faye follows her targets—and she begins to question whether revenge is truly the right course of action. The worldbuilding can be one-note: Readers learn a lot about Heam addiction and discrimination against Heam users, but no other drugs or stigmas seem to exist. Faye's experience of ad diction is also unconvincing. She tells readers that she craves the drug, but only rarely is there evidence of this. Faye's relationships, however, romantic and otherwise, are compellingly drawn, and the plot is fast-moving and well-structured. Not perfectly constructed, but Faye's strong yet flawed character is worth getting to know. (Faye's training schedule, watchwords, playlist) (Fiction. 14-18) Copyright Kirkus 2014 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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