Through the Fire by Michelle Irwin
Evie Meyers’ life is one spent on the run. Every minute of every day, her life is in danger if anyone should suspect the truth about her ancestry. Her father was willing to risk everything to keep the truth hidden, even from her, but the lies he fabricated were exposed when her high school crush, Clay Jacobs, inadvertently stumbled upon her secret. His discovery puts Evie at risk from a secret organization tasked with washing the world clean of nonhumans—and Clay is one of its deadliest soldiers. Forced into a war she doesn’t understand, all because of what she is, Evie is left with no choice but to flee with her father to escape persecution.
When Clay reappears in her life, battle scarred and mysterious, Evie is unprepared and terrified as he forces his way back into her heart. When the battle catches up with her, and a tragic accident tears apart the peace she discovered, she finds herself alone and without the protection of her father, or her lover. Now, she needs to keep her secrets hidden and learn to survive on her own in a world that wants her dead, all while searching for the missing piece of her heart.
This is the story of Evie, a young girl struggling with the realisation that she is different, that the world is no longer safe, that there are people willing to hunt her and hurt her because of those differences. That there are people willing to kill her family and hurt anyone who cares about her.
She first met Clay when she was truly innocent and unaware of those differences to any real degree. Their love is forbidden and yet unstoppable.
Irwin has hit upon something truly magical here! she's dragged the reader into a world reminiscent of an adult Hans Christian Andersen, the magic radiates from every single page. At no point did I want to put this down or think -come onnnnn insert some realism!- because it wassss realistic. Every emotion that Irwin portrayed for Evie you couldn't help but feel too, internally you find yourself battling with a hatred for the dreaded rain because of who they are....then faced with the same realisation that that is exactly what the rain did to Evie...in my opinion this is a book that highlights predjudism and narrow mindedness.
Michelle has written an unstoppable page turner that, in my opinion, holds many small messages that we could all learn from.
Although this isn't my typical book of choice, i couldn't recommend it highly enough! exceptionally well written and an enchanting story of a girl looking for her place in a world she doesn't belong in! Well done Michelle! I cant wait to read more!
Here is where you can find Michelle on the web!!