When the resurrectionists of Fissure’s Whipp begin disappearing, eighteen-year-old Allie knows someone is after their blood—or, more accurately, the genetic mutation that allows their blood to heal wounds, save lives and even bring back the recently deceased.
Raised by her aunt after her parents’ deaths, Allie knows staying vigilant means staying alive. She’s trained her whole life to protect herself by any means necessary, from self defense classes to extensive weapons training in knives. Now, she’s gone so far as to befriend a homeless boy named Ploy who unknowingly trades a few nights a week on her couch in exchange for being a human tripwire to those hunting her.
But as Allie and Ploy’s feelings for each other grow, Allie realizes this time, she’ll need more than fighting skills and a sharp blade to beat a villain literally out for blood.
Protecting a girl he shouldn’t love, from a threat he understands too well, Ploy must face his past to save his future in Allie’s world—a world where bringing back the dead can cost you your life.
It’s been quite some time since I’ve read a book from Leah Clifford but it didn’t take long for me to remember why I loved her first series. Vial Things is the start of her new Resurrectionist series and while it definitely gave me the same vibe as her Touch trilogy, it really captured my attention with it’s unique new story.
Vial Things is the story of Allie, a teen resurrectionist trying to escape her gift. She doesn’t mind the whole bringing people back to life thing but she doesn’t like that her family uses it as a way to make money. She decided that the easiest way to deal with it was to leave it all behind. That plan is a good one until resurrectionists start turning up dead. Allie knows that someone is hunting them and she isn’t safe just because she doesn’t use her gift. She teams up with a homeless boy named Ploy and together they set out to make things safe for the resurrectionists again.
- Characters: I knew I was going to like Allie from the start. Yes she was closed off but that wasn’t really by her choice. The only people in her life who knew what she was capable of wouldn’t accept her once she stopped using her ability. She found it hard to trust others and she didn’t exactly have an easy time of making friends. I found her to be really likable, even if she didn’t show a whole lot of emotion. She was lonely and that was something that is so easy to relate to. That loneliness didn’t stop her from being a total bad-ass though. She was strong and fierce and willing to do what it took to survive. Ploy was similar to Allie in a lot of ways. He was homeless and not exactly fit for the streets. It was easy to see that no matter how he acted, he wasn’t always as brave as he seemed. Allie was a friend to him; one of the only ones he had. He had secrets from her, that’s for sure but so did she. They were both using each other for different reasons but as they used each other they got to know each other and started to genuinely like one another. Neither of them were completely trustworthy and there were times when I questioned what exactly one or the other was going to do but that’s one of the things that kept me hooked and on the edge of my seat.
- Backstory: The science behind the resurrectionists did confuse me at times but it was really interesting. The ability isn’t something that everyone gets and it’s not something that just comes out of nowhere. It’s a genetic thing that manifests in some children but not all. As this is the start of a series, I understand that I probably didn’t get everything there is to know about the resurrectionists but I look forward to finding out more. There was so much about the family dynamics that I feel like I didn’t get and I hope to find out more about that as Allie learns more about being part of a group of resurrectionists.
- Pacing: The story moves along at a rather quick pace. There isn’t ever really a time when you’ll want to step away from the story. Things are constantly happening and new information is being learned at all times. I had a hard time stepping away from Vial Things once I was really able to sit down and start reading. It’s one of those books that hooks you early on and doesn’t let you go until the last page has been read.
Overall, Vial Things needs to be on your radar, if it’s not already. Leah Clifford has a way with the dark and morbid and scary and I love it. I look forward to reading more in this series.