Collide (Collide, Book 1) by Shelly Crane
Synopsis: Sherry has always known there was something out there. She’s eighteen, works for a tabloid newspaper in Chicago and has a brother, Danny who is a lazy mooch. They live a pretty normal dull life with hippie parents and a normal existence. Then the moon disappears and people start to go missing only to reappear later, but different. Sherry has an abusive ex-boyfriend who shows up and claims to be one of these beings that have been showing up around the world. He’s no longer the same person in that body. He tells her he has come to protect her and her brother and takes her underground, against her will to save her, where they meet others like them. She begins to unravel the truth about Merrick, about what he’s really doing here, about the way he looks at her, about the crazy dangerous world they live in. Can he convince her that he’s here to help? Will she like what she finds when she opens up to the truth? Will he be the one to love her when everyone else has failed her? Will he be able to protect her?
About the Author: Shelly is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a wonderful husband and stay at home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. They currently reside in everywhere USA as they happily travel all over with her husband’s job. She loves to spend time with her family and friends, go out to eat at new restaurants and sightsee in the new areas they travel to, listen to music and also LOVES to read. Her own books happen by accident and she revels in the writing and imagination process. She doesn’t go anywhere without her notepad for fear of an idea creeping up and not being able to write it down immediately, even in the middle of the night, where her best ideas are born.
Genre: young adult, fantasy, sci-fi, romance, paranormal
More Info: iBooks edition, 360 pages, published by Shelly Crane at Smashwords on July 29, 2011
I got this book because it was $0.00, but it is one of the best free books I have ever received. After reading it, I feel like the synopsis misses half of the conflict in the book. There is so much more than just the romance, although the book does take a while to fully develop the main problem.
I have seen quite a few negative reviews for this book. While I agree with some of the major points from lesser ratings, I actually really enjoyed this book.
The beginning is a little slow for me, but it builds up after a while. It starts with the mundane and the coming of the apocalypse. The moon suddenly disappears and people report alien sightings. Sherry has to deal with her mooch brother and hippy parents, her sucky reporting job, and her abusive, stalker ex-boyfriend. Then come the aliens.
The Keepers and Lighters are the epitome of good and evil, light and dark, angels and demons. The Keepers are the protectors of the Specials, humans who must complete some noteworthy task. The Lighters are the mind-controlling killers, who want to eliminate all humans, principally the Specials. I was confused as to why the book focuses on Sherry, when she is not the Special but her brother, Danny, is. (I do believe this presents itself more chiefly in the second book.)
One day, Sherry and Danny are visited by her ex-boyfriend, Matt. Or so they think. Danny’s Keeper, Merrick, had accidentally chosen the (dead) body of Matt. Quite the coincidence. He has to convince them to join him in a safe-house, away from the Lighters. It takes them a while to warm up to his information. In turn, it takes Merrick some time to adjust to his human body. Turns out, Merrick loves Sherry. And eventually, Sherry comes to love him back.
In the development of their love, Sherry is pursued by countless men, not all top-notch either. This is due to the fact that countless others join her, Danny, and Merrick in the safe-house. Tensions rise, love ensues, attachments develop. They all become acquaintances in hiding. There are so many characters by the end of the book, they are hard to keep track of. The rag-tag resistance group is constantly growing.
Along the way, they encounter new problems. Vicious creatures are no longer extinct, Lighters influence most human beings, and The Taker, the most dangerous Lighter, has made himself known. But, through all of this turmoil the group stands tall (for the most part).
Sherry, in particular, is goals. At times she can be whiny and her ability to tell if someone is lying is random. However, Sherry is so sweet and down-to-earth. She is weak physically, but so incredibly strong mentally and emotionally. I believe that she is allowed to have a breakdown every once in awhile…all people do. But she seems to think she always has to be strong and exude bravado. She is so conscious of others. While she tends to try to save those she cares about, she doesn’t make a martyr out of herself. Side note: she would make a great mother. 😦
Merrick. ❤ He is total book boyfriend material. I do find it kind creepy that he spied on Sherry so much. Nevertheless, he is so attentive and kind. He knows her inside and out; despite her faults, he never fails to love her unconditionally. I find his timidness annoying near the start of the book, and I’m glad he gets over his aversions.
I felt like Danny’s older sister. I was so proud to see him mature in these times of toil. He becomes more responsible and even falls in love. I was happy with his development.
So much happens in this book. The plot is constantly building. There doesn’t seem to be a real climax or resolution. The end finishes in a weird spot, as well. It is a cliffhanger in the weirdest sense of the word. I feel like this is one book spread over a series, similar to movies split into two parts.
Overall, I loved the characters the most. The storyline is lacking and breaks tradition, but I think it is building up to something more in the rest of the series. This is not a stand-alone novel! The grammar could definitely be improved. I make mistakes too, but this book could use some editing.
Collide is FREE! You might as well give it a shot, you might be surprised.
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