When sixteen-year-old Abigail's mother dies in Scotland—leaving a faded photo, a weirdly cryptic letter, and a one-way ticket to America—she feels nothing. Why should she? Her mother abandoned her as a baby to grow up on an anti-nuclear commune and then in ugly foster homes. But the letter is a surprise in more ways than one: Her father is living in California. What's more, she has an eighteen-year-old sister, Becky. And the two are expecting Abigail to move in with them.
While struggling to overcome her natural suspicions of a note from beyond the grave (not to mention anything positive) Abigail tries to fit in with her strange, new American family: a distant father with a closed past, a too-perfect stepmother, and most puzzling of all, her long-lost sister. Becky sweeps Abigail into a shadowy underground movement involving clandestine street art, jailbreaks, and a bizarre double life. Soon, Abigail uncovers something unimaginable: a plot with vast implications, one that is aimed not only at controlling her sister, but the behavior of rebellious teens across the globe.
Abigail Thom was given up by her mother as a newborn, and after an itinerant childhood in Scotland, a 16-year-old Abigail is surprised to learn that her birth mother has just died, leaving her a letter, a large sum of money, and a one-way plane ticket to Los Angeles to live with a family Abigail never knew existed. Out of place with her hardened demeanor (not to mention her Scottish accent), Abigail gradually begins to let down her guard around her new older sister, Becky, and Becky s graffiti artist friends, but she still senses that something is not right within her privileged new family. Readers will enjoy Abigail s blunt voice and savvy as she works to unravel the mystery of her parents pasts. Fitzgerald s (Amelia O Donohue Is So Not a Virgin) experience writing thrillers for adults comes through in this atmospheric story that features codebreaking, an SF edge, and many twists. The ending, while satisfying on its own, is ripe for a sequel. Ages 14 up.