Thursday, August 11, 2016

ARC Review: Vicarious by Paula Stokes

Author: Paula Stokes
Publication: Tor Teen (August 16, 2016)

Description: Winter Kim and her sister, Rose, have always been inseparable. Together the two of them survived growing up in a Korean orphanage and being trafficked into the United States. But they've escaped the past and started over in a new place where no one knows who they used to be.

Now they work as digital stunt girls for Rose's ex-boyfriend, Gideon, engaging in dangerous and enticing activities while recording their neural impulses for his Vicarious Sensory Experiences, or ViSEs. Whether it's bungee jumping, shark diving, or grinding up against celebrities in the city's hottest dance clubs, Gideon can make it happen for you--for a price.

When Rose disappears and a ViSE recording of her murder is delivered to Gideon, Winter is devastated. She won't rest until she finds her sister's killer. But when the clues she uncovers conflict with the digital recordings her sister made, Winter isn't sure what to believe. To find out what happened to Rose, she'll have to untangle what's real from what only seems real, risking her own life in the process.

Paula Stokes weaves together a series of mysteries and the story of an unbreakable bond between sisters in this unforgettable high-tech thrill ride.

My Thoughts: This near future science fiction story stars Winter Kim who is a fascinating character. Winter and her older sister Rose were abandoned by their mother in Korea, "adopted" at ages 12 and 13 to America, sold into the sex trade, and rescued by one of Rose's clients. Winter suffers from PTSD because of her experiences and the trauma of their escape.

Currently living in St. Louis with their rescuer, Winter with her partner Jesse wears a ViSE recorder and takes part in danger activities to make recordings that are sold to those who want to experience things without the danger or sweat. Her sister Rose tends to make recordings that are more provocative. She goes to dance parties, clubs, and other hook ups.

When Rose disappears and a ViSE is discovered that shows her death, Winter is determined to learn who killed her sister. She'll have to watch all of her sister's ViSEs in order to try to find clues. She doesn't know if the killer is someone from their old life in LA who wants the girls back or if it is someone current in Rose's life.

This was a fascinating read. Winter is an engaging character who was badly damaged by the past events of her life. I had a hint of what might be really going on but was still surprised at the twist near the end of this one.

Fans of science fiction mysteries will enjoy this suspenseful title.

Favorite Quote:
War does things to people, just as my old life did things to me, but that doesn’t mean you can’t overcome them. We are who we are. I prefer to think as Rose did. We choose who we become.
I received this one from the author in exchange for an honest review. You can buy your copy here.

1 comment:

  1. OOoh nice! I admit, what caught my eye to this book first off was the Arch on the cover!! Kind of excited just to read a book where the characters live in my city! And it sounds exciting to boot! Glad you enjoyed it! Nice review!


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