Title: The Bodies We Wear
Author: Jeyn Roberts
Publisher: Random House Children’s
Release Date: September 23, 2014
I have been marinating on this review for a while. The setting is distinct, a somewhat future city, riddled by a new drug; Heam. Users are reported to view heaven, or in some cases hell, while on Heam. Overdoses are common, those that do survive are left with vein like blue scars radiating from their heart all over their chest. With such obvious markings, those people are completely ostracized by the community.
We meet Faye, a 17 year old, who overdosed on Heam when she was just 11 years old. Faye’s father owed money to a drug dealer and Faye received the punishment for his crimes. Young Faye and her friend, Christian, were attacked and given large does of Heam, resulting in both of them overdosing. Gazer, a retired police officer, happened upon the pair and could only save Faye while Christian died. Yet, Faye did not have visions of heaven on Heam, she viewed hell. When Gazer tires to bring her home, her mother, seeing her scars, refuses to let her in and abandons her. Gazer becomes Faye’s guardian and trainer. It became her mission to find the four men who attacked her and get her revenge.
One night while stalking one of the men outside a bar, she meets Chael who seems to know way to much about her, even calling her by the nickname that Christian used to tease her with. Faye and Chael grow increasingly close, and Faye discovers unrealistic facts about who Chael really is. This is where my mixed feeling come into play.
I really enjoyed the writing and character development, yet the discovery that SPOIL ALERT! Chael is actually Christian’s soul inside another boys body, seems far fetched in comparison with the rest of the plot. Christian eventually dies again, and Faye has the choice to move on with him, or go back on living in the real world without him.
Faye chooses to keep living without him, knowing that he will be there in the afterlife. There are many deeper realizations that she makes which I am not going to go into, but it really empowers the reader. Faye may love Christian but she still has to live her life to the fullest, even without him. I loved that she had the courage to make the tough decisions and hopefully inspires the reader to do the same.
This was my first time reading anything by Jeyn Roberts, but I think I will have to visit her dark and cruel world again.