Author: Sarah Alderson (author website)
Release Date: February 1st 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
It’s no secret I—and every Aussie blogger I know—have a passionate (though perhaps one sided) love affair with Sarah Alderson. Her brilliant Hunting Lila and Fated blend tension and supernatural with pitch-perfect teen romance, and she does it again in Catching Suki—in only twenty short pages.
The Unit are closing in and Demos needs one of his team to go deep cover.
Fashion obsessed, boy-crazy and more than a little kooky, Suki is a mind reader with a special talent for buying shoes and for listening in on private conversations.
Tasked with infiltrating the enemy (namely Jack and Alex) Suki rises to the challenge, leaving a trail of chaos, destruction (and a large room service bill) in her wake.
A prequel to the events of Hunting Lila and including many of the characters from the book, this short story told through Suki’s eyes, will have you laughing out loud and gripping the edge of your seat.
The Story:A freebie short story, Catching Suki is set immediately before the events of Hunting Lila. Shoe obsessed, boy-crazy Suki Nakamura is a ‘psy’—a human with seriously-cool psychic abilities. What Psys can do varies, but Suki? Suki can read minds. It makes her a little eccentric, and prone to having conversations with people they don’t expect to be having, but it also makes her an ideal spy. On the run from shady special-ops team ‘The Unit’, Suki and her fellow band of misfits need all the intel they can get, so Suki’s mission? Get close to to Unit’s keyplayers: Jack Loveday and Alex Wakeman.
Thoughts:Adding a little extra depth and back-story to the already fabulous Hunting Lila, Catching Suki gives us an insider’s view on the group of Psy’s, and a look into the mind of one its most memorable characters. Unsure of herself, and of anyone around her, when Lila meets this group in Hunting Lila, she's ruled by mistrust, and unsure of what to believe. From Suki’s standpoint, we see them as they are, and it’s a fun and disarming look at a group of people who are just... friends. Not villains. People drawn together by circumstance, trying to survive, with a warm, affable bond.
In Hunting Lila, Suki comes across as eccentric at best, and possibly a pinch crazy. From her point of view, we meet a girl who runs at a hundred miles an hour, and is having a constant conversation with everyone in the room—whether she wants to or not. Hard to seem focused when five different people are thinking at you. And, if she’s not distracted enough by that, she’s mentally undressing (in more ways than one), every hot boy in sight. Goddess of characterising brilliant teen protagonists, Sarah gives Suki a completely unique voice. She’s an utterly distinct character, nothing at all like Lila, or Fated’s Evie, or anyone else for that matter. She’s opinionated and spoiled, but kind and fun. She remains light-hearted despite her genuinely life-or-death situation. She’s an enormously entertaining character to read: pure and simple fun.
In addition to getting to know Suki, we also see another side of Hunting Lila’s story—the moment Jack and Alex find out Lila’s coming to town, how they encounter Suki for the first time, and just WHAT Suki’s doing staring through Jack’s mailbox. Perhaps it’s best read after Hunting Lila for these reasons.
The Verdict:Catching Suki’s a breath of fresh air. Fun, fast-paced, and an utterly delightful protagonist—what more could we ask? Sarah works her magic again, and I can’t think of a better way to spend a cup of tea and a half hour than with this—or any of her characters. Just what’s needed to pass the time between now Losing Lila.
Books in This Series:
- Catching Suki (#0.5)
- Hunting Lila
- Losing Lila (August 2012)