Half-human, half-angel, Meridian Sozu has a dark responsibility.
Sixteen-year-old Meridian has been surrounded by death ever since she can remember. As a child, insects, mice, and salamanders would burrow into her bedclothes and die. At her elementary school, she was blamed for a classmate’s tragic accident. And on her sixteenth birthday, a car crashes in front of her family home—and Meridian’s body explodes in pain.
Before she can fully recover, Meridian is told that she’s a danger to her family and hustled off to her great-aunt’s house in Revelation, Colorado. It’s there that she learns that she is a Fenestra—the half-angel, half-human link between the living and the dead. But Meridian and her sworn protector and love, Tens, face great danger from the Aternocti, a band of dark forces who capture vulnerable souls on the brink of death and cause chaos.
Hmm, sounds unique, does it not? And the summary does intrigue me, despite the fact that I think it's a poorly written summary. I'm all for interspecies mixing in young adult fiction (angels count as a species, right? Anyway, you know what I mean) becuase, well, it's interesting, even more so if it hasn't been done before. And I don't think I've ever read a book dedicated to the half-human, half-angel mix.
(Of course, I do remember that a certain fantastic trilogy has two half-human, half-angels, but since the books aren't entirely dedicated to the strange combo, I still count Meridian as one of the first.)
The cover's not bad either, with a sad looking girl surrounded by a combination of roses and skulls. Definitely an interesting choice.
And I kind of wonder why her name is Meridian, anyway.
Released August 11, 2009 from Delacorte Books for Young Readers.