Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

"In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees ..."

At the age of fourteen, Clara Gardner discovers that she she is part angel, just like her mother. Eventually Clara will learn her purpose, what she was put on Earth to do. She soon begins to have visions after hre sixteenth birthday. A forest fire and a boy about her age, whose face she cannot see, occur to her when she least expects it. While on the phone with her estranged father one night, Clara sees a truck and is able to read its license plate in the vision. Six weeks later, Clara, her mother and younger brother move to Jackson Hole, Wyoming in search of her purpose.

On her first day of high school, Clara sees the truck from her vision in the parking lot. It is not until later in the day does she recognize the boy from behind. Upon walking closer to him, he turns around and their eyes meet. Clara is immediately transported back to her vision and promptly faints. When she awakens, Clara is helped by Wendy, her first real friend in Jackson. Soon the boy comes with the nurse and she finds out his name is Christian and faints again. Clara arrives to her English class late and sits next to Wendy. In introducing the class to one another, Clara learns that Christian has a girlfriend, Kay.

As Clara settles into her new life in Wyoming, everything seems to be falling into place regarding her vision about Christian. Soon Christian and Kay break up and Clara asks him to the prom. When Kay and Christian are crowned prom king and queen, Clara is left out when Kay breaks down in tears. Christian needs to take her home so Wendy's twin brother Tucker offers Clara a ride and she accepts. Clara realizes that Christian is still in love with Kay and that maybe all her vision means is that she is suppose to save his life, not necessarily fall in love.

When all of Clara's friends, including Christian, have plans for the summer away from Jackson, she is feeling abandoned. When Wendy arranges for Tucker to be Clara's tour guide for her birthday, she decides to go along for the adventure. Soon Clara and Tucker are spending every day together and Christian fades to a distant memory. But as fire season approaches, Clara is faced with the ultimate decision she never dreamed she would have to make. Don't fret at the ending, the author is writing book two in the series due out in January 2012.

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