Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: July 12, 2011
Meridian Sozu is a Fenestra--the half-human, half-angel link between the living and the dead. She has the dark responsibility of helping souls transition safely into the afterlife. If people die without the help of a Fenestra, their souls are left vulnerable to be stolen by the Aternocti, a dark band of forces who disrupt the balance of good and evil in the world and cause chaos.
Having recently lost her beloved Auntie--the woman who showed her what it meant to be a Fenestra--Meridian has hit the road with Tens, her love and sworn protector, in hopes of finding another Fenestra. their search leads them to Indiana, where Juliet, a responsible and loving teenager, words tirelessly in the nursing home where she and several other foster kids are housed. Surrounded by death, Juliet struggles to make a loving home for the younger kids, and to protect them from the violent whims of their foster mother. But she is struggling against forces she can't understand...and even as she feels a pull toward the dying, their sickness seems to infect her, weighting her down...
Will Meri and Tens find Juliet in time to saver her from a life of misery and illness? And will Mer and Tens' own romance weather the storms of new discoveries?
I read Wildcat Fireflies's predecessor almost three years prior to reading this novel. I remembered that I really enjoyed it, but that's about all. So, aside from the basic plot line and major events of Meridian (because of the spoilers I had to look up), reading Wildcat Fireflies was pretty much a new reading experience for me.
Meridian was an overall good character, despite two characteristics: immaturity and her whiny-ness. Now, I was, for the most part, okay with her immaturity. After all, despite the things that she had been through, Meridian is still sixteen, and she acted like it. However, when she would whine, that irked me. It wasn't something that would distract me from the novel constantly, but it still bothered me. Despite these things, however, I still really liked her.
In Wildcat Fireflies, we were introduced to a new character: Juliet. I felt sorry for her more than anything. She had been through a lot and had not led a good life. I loved how she treated the children that she was with and I was rooting for her.
I love the concept and story behind these novels. There is a certain amount of mythology behind it, and I really enjoyed that aspect. This was also a very addicting read. Although it wasn't action-packed, it still had its share of intense moments. I was able to read it rather quickly despite it being over 500 pages.
Despite not remembering much of the first book, I still really enjoyed this book. I'm looking forward to reading the next book.