The Repossession by Sam Hawksmoor, published on 1st March 2012 by Hodder Children’s Books
34 kids missing. Vanished without a trace.
Believing she is possessed, Genie Magee's mother has imprisoned her all summer encouraged by the sinister Reverend Schneider. Beautiful Rian, love of her life, sets her free, and their escape washes them up at Marshall's remote farmhouse downriver. But why are there newspaper clippings of the missing kids pinned to Marshall's bathroom wall? And should they believe his stories about the experiments at the Fortress, an underground research station nearby?
Genie meets Denis. Missing two years now, but hasn't grown an inch. Rian is haunted by Renée, who insists she's not actually dead. Soon they discover the terrible truth about Reverend Schneider and worse, Genie is next ... and Rian can't do a thing to prevent it.
The Repossession is just the beginning.
‘The Repossession’ is a very difficult book to describe. What starts off as something of a modern day Romeo and Juliet tale with two teenagers defying the odds to run away together soon turns into a story of an altogether different nature. Part science-fiction, part romance and part action thriller, the best way to approach this book is with an open mind, prepared for literally anything to happen next.
The story centres mainly around Genie and Rian who’ve run away together to escape Genie’s zealously religious mother and the evil Reverend Schneider who has Genie locked in her room behind iron bars. Madly in love they believe they can start a new life together but trouble soon finds them when they stumble upon the secret behind why so many teenagers from their home town of Spurlake have gone missing and what’s really going on at the sinister Fortress. The revelation of some surprising secrets means that they soon have an altogether different fight on their hands.
Genie and Rian were a slightly unconventional pairing but I thought their relationship was incredibly well written and seemed entirely genuine. They display equal support and care for each other and although they're in love, there is something pure and innocent about their feelings.
A word of warning – do not for a second get complacent and think that you have the story all figured out. You don’t. I loved all the unusual twists and the change of direction and pace which the plot often took. Sam Hawksmoor has an incredible imagination and has written a story which will blow your mind and keep you guessing until the very end. I really enjoyed the scientific aspect of the book which is detailed and plausible and does make you believe that some of the events could actually happen. Many of these passages were clearly explained which was important as many of the ideas are quite complex.
A thrilling read, I thoroughly enjoyed ‘The Repossession and after being left with an explosive cliff-hanger ending, can’t wait for the second book in the series which is sure to be another big hit!