Review: Blackbird by Anna Carey

Review: Blackbird by Anna Carey


This twisty, breathless cat-and-mouse thrill ride, told in the second person, follows a girl with amnesia in present-day Los Angeles who is being pursued by mysterious and terrifying assailants.

A girl wakes up on the train tracks, a subway car barreling down on her. With only minutes to react, she hunches down and the train speeds over her. She doesn’t remember her name, where she is, or how she got there. She has a tattoo on the inside of her right wrist of a blackbird inside a box, letters and numbers printed just below: FNV02198. There is only one thing she knows for sure: people are trying to kill her.

On the run for her life, she tries to untangle who she is and what happened to the girl she used to be. Nothing and no one are what they appear to be. But the truth is more disturbing than she ever imagined.

The Maze Runner series meets Code Name Verity, Blackbird is relentless and action-packed, filled with surprising twists.

Blackbird took me completely by surprise, in the very best of ways. The opening scene sets the feeling for the whole book – mysterious and intense, and it pretty much never lets up from beginning to end. It’s been a long long time since I read a book written in second-person narrative, and not because I specifically avoid them, they just don’t seem that prevalent in the types of books I read. In Blackbird however it works almost flawlessly because it’s so easy to connect the narrative style to the plot line.

Perhaps the only downside to Blackbird being written in second-person narrative is that it’s more difficult to connect with the main character because it’s assumed that you know yourself. On the flip side however, the MC doesn’t know herself or her past, so it does really fit with the plot.

There are a few flips in perspective that shift to third-person narration, and they are perfectly placed to offset the intensity of the second-person and also to give little glimpses of the plot from different sides, and I really appreciated the insight that I gained with each one.

I want to say so much about Blackbird’s plot, but it would be a minefield of spoilers so I’m just going to say that I thought the mystery element was fantastically done – I didn’t see anything coming until it was literally being spelled out for me, and it kept me reading because the twists were so bloody addictive. The plot the mystery is based around is also fascinating – and I’ll definitely be reading the next book because I have to know what happens next. The ending is indeed a cliffhanger, and quite a brutal one at that.

There is a lot jammed into the 250-ish pages of Blackbird, but it’s so readable – I could have easily devoured it in one sitting, and it completely held my attention the whole way through. The action is non-stop, the mystery is hard to predict and although it’s hard to get to know the characters, at times I actually did feel like I WAS the MC myself. I’ll definitely be waiting impatiently for the next book – I’m so curious about where Carey will take the story next, and what surprises will be lurking.


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  1. Looks like a terrific read, I’m adding it to my list ! Thanks for sharing 🙂
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  2. Rats, I just gave my copy away! (before I read it.) It sounds so good. Now I may have to go buy my own copy!
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  3. I have a copy of this but I kept pushing it aside. I’m kicking myself now. Great review.

  4. It’s nice to get a different pov on this book. I’ve read mostly negative reviews so far. I’m glad you enjoyed it and that it took you by surprise. I love when that happens!

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth
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  5. Ooooh, this sounds interesting. And quite unlike anything that I have ever read. 😀 Great review, Kat!

  6. I really want to try this one out. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book in this perspective and it seems like it could be really cool! I’m glad you enjoyed it!
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  7. This sounds really good and I’m going to pick this one up. I’ve seen a few reviews where the 2nd person narration didn’t work for them, but I like that the twists are well done and it looks very fast paced. I think I spoiled myself reading another review, but even knowing that now I still want to read it. Hopefully the next one isn’t too far away…
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  8. Wow this sounds pretty amazing! I wasn’t a huge fan of Eve and didn’t finish the series but I may have to give this a go!
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