Publisher: Tate Publishing.
Arson Gable feels like a freak. He can create fire. He never asked for it. He never wanted it. But he can't shut it off.
Before now, three things were true: he both loved and despised his grandmother; his life was going nowhere; and he was alone. But when a strange girl—who feels more normal behind a mask than inside her own skin—moves in next door, Arson hopes to find something he's never had: purpose. Using what he fears most about himself, Arson must face his consuming past and confront the nightmare that is his present as he walks the fine line between boy and monster.
Arson is a beautifully written, coming of age tale about the hardship of life and relationships with a paranormal twist. It literally stunned me. At first glance, it sounds pretty simple. A boy who can summon fire falling in love with a who wears a mask, most likely due to fire related injuries. That’s what you’re thinking, right? If you are, you’re very wrong.
This has to be one of the most demented novels I’ve ever read, and I mean that in the best way possible. Arson tells the stories of all the characters; the main character’s madcap grandmother, the eccentric new girl, Emery, who hides behind a mask and her parents, a shunned minister and his straying wife who hold a world of problems between them. And Arson, the protagonist who tries to control his destructive emotions for the sake of his unwanted gift. Though each character doesn’t quite intertwine, their personalities and issues force more weight upon Arson and Emery’s shoulders, only intensifying their relationship further.
Estevan Vega is insanely talented. After only the first page, I was shocked by the grace and flow of his words. Arson is gritty, raw and horrifyingly honest yet it’s written with such elegance. Though it had it’s random moments, I was so engrossed with this story.
The ending might cause you to drop book in shock, as I literally did. It’s such an unpredictable twist, but it sets up perfectly for the sequel that I will be impatiently awaiting. Overall, Arson was an edgy, ruthless and gorgeous story that I can only recommend to mature readers.