The Swarm is unrecognizable, untraceable, and unpredictable—random attacks on the streets of Chicago by a mob of crazed teens that leaves death in its wake. It’s been two years since the last attack, but Lia Finch has found clues that reveal the Swarm is ready to claim a new victim.
Lia is the only one still pursuing her father’s killers, two years after attorney Steven Finch’s murder by the Swarm. Devastated and desperate for answers, Lia will do anything to uncover the reasons behind his death and to stop someone else from being struck down. But due to debilitating asthma and PTSD that leaves her with a tenuous hold on reality, Lia is the last person to mount a crusade on her own.
After a close encounter with the Swarm puts Lia on their radar, she teams up with a teen hacker, a reporter, and a mysterious stranger who knows firsthand how the mob works. Together, they work to uncover the master puppeteer behind the group. Though if Lia and her network don’t stop the person pulling the strings—and fast—Lia may end up the next target.
Inspired by the real-life “flash mob” violence struck Chicago in2011, Every Stolen Breath by debut author Kimberly Gabriel is a fast-paced and immersive thriller that shows just how hard one girl will fight back, knowing any breath might be her last.
Lia Finch, 16, has evidence that the Death Mob's Swarm will strike again after a two-year absence. In Chicago, dozens of disguised teens have beaten and kicked their victims to death. Lia's father, a prosecuting attorney who was investigating the Swarm, became one of their victims. After deciphering a tweet indicating that a new attack will take place, Lia goes to the waterfront site alone to try to document the mob's activities. While there, she's saved from the violence by a gray-eyed teen, who tosses her into Lake Michigan. Her rescuer, Ryan, later introduces himself as a Swarm member who also worked with her father. As Lia, along with her friends Adam and Katie, works to identify members of the Swarm to help stop the Death Mobs, Ryan stays in the shadows, trying to protect Lia. Despite suffering from both asthma and panic attacks, Lia often acts recklessly, adding to the story's excitement but detracting from her depiction as a savvy teen. Inspired by real-life flash mob attacks in Chicago, Gabriel's debut demonstrates how technology can be used to incite violence, and fans of Barry Lyga and Morgan Baden's The Hive will find a similarly themed, and similarly frightening, story here. Ages 13 up.