Fed up with her wild behavior, sixteen-year-old Lex’s parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure. He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach Lex the family business.
She quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. But Lex can’t stop her desire for justice—or is it vengeance?—whenever she encounters a murder victim, craving to stop the attackers before they can strike again. Will she ditch Croak and go rogue with her reaper skills?
In this spirited (no pun intended) debut, Damico playfully explores the nature of life and the afterlife. When 16-year-old Lex Bartleby's anger management issues and violent impulses land her in one fight too many, she is sent to live with her uncle Mort in the Adirondacks for the summer, in the hopes that it will straighten her out. Instead, upon arriving in the tiny town of Croak, Lex discovers that she, like the tattooed and motorcycle-riding Mort, is a Grim, responsible for drawing out the souls of the recently deceased to facilitate their passing on to the afterlife. Initially dubious, she soon discovers a natural talent for the work. Lex and her new partner, Driggs, with whom she has a fiery love-hate relationship, stumble across bodies with no known cause of death, sparking an investigation into one of the greatest, dirtiest secrets of the Grim organization. The morbid subject matter is kept in check by entertaining characters, clever twists, and a sly, self-aware sense of humor that pervades this promising series launch. Ages 12 up.
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Wish I could give more stars
Funny, highly creative, intriguing, and characters really connect..., a real page turner, bloody brilliant. Can't wait to read the next book in the series!
I flew through this book. It's so good. It's dark, it's hilarious, and it even has some mushy, but not too mushy, parts. What's not to love? I highly recommend it.
I love books about death, and reapers, or anything involving the two. It fascinates me, and this book satisfied my need for a new reaper book. It's a juvenile book, but it didn't make it any less fun to read for me. I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 13.
Lex's parents are sick of her behavior in and out of school and decide to give her a not so fun vacation at her uncle's house for the summer. She's surprisingly not dreading it, except for the fact she will be apart from her twin sister Cordy for the first time ever. They share a room, and are the typical twins with a very close relationship, but they couldn't be more different in personality.
When she arrives at her uncle's house, in the city of Croak, she quickly realizes she's not there to help work on a farm, which she presumed based on what her parent's told her to expect.
What she IS there for, is something she could have never imagined in her wildest dreams, but it's not all bad, she's finally finding a group that accepts her for who she is. I absolutely rate this book a 5/5 and will be starting on Scorch the second book in the series immediately.