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A book by Estevan Vega

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Not what I expected-in a bad way

  • Aug 16, 2010
Arson Gable is not a normal guy. There's something inside of him that sets him apart from everyone else. It isolates him and sometimes makes him hate himself because Arson can create fire from his very body. Because of this, he mostly keeps to himself, haunted by the guilt of what he did years ago. Then a family moves into the abandoned house next to Arson's home, and everything changes. The daughter, Emery, is not a normal girl. She feels more comfortable behind a mask than in her own skin. These two outcasts form a fragile bond, but it threatens to shatter with each and every mistake they make. They both want peace, but that may be the one thing out of their reach.

I was drawn to this story because of how unique this story sounded. It's not every day that you read about a reluctant arsonist who can produce fire at will. However, this story turned out to be very different than what I expected, and I was not pleased with the results. Though most of the story focuses on Arson and his problems with everyone from his crazy grandmother, moody Emery, and his lazy coworkers, there are too many tangents. The reader is flooded with all these little subplots about Emery's parents' problems, Emery's mother's infidelity, and Kay's insanity, not to mention other strange sections that are never fully explained by the end of the novel, that never fully relate to the main story. I found it extremely difficult to relate to any of the characters, not because of their unusual characteristics and situations but because of their personalities, which were strange and often inconsistent. And lastly, Vega's writing bothered me. It continually felt like he was trying too hard to insert metaphors here and there that the rest of the writing was neglected and dull. The one thing that Arson has going for it is the unusual bond between Arson and Emery, but this as well is not developed to its full extent.

Though I was very disappointed in Arson, it may still appeal to fans of Wake by Lisa McMann and Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus.

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review by . May 01, 2010
Estevan Vega - a name that if you don't know it, remember it, you are sure to see a lot of it in the future. It wasn't long ago that I was approached by this amazing young author, in regard to his then latest release, The Sacred Sin. After reading the synopsis, I was immediately intrigued and instantly hooked, not to mention the fact that someone of such a young age penned this amazing book. Fast forward to the present time... I have eagerly been awaiting the newest release from Mr. Vega and I have …
review by . April 25, 2010
Everyone can create fire with a lighter or match. Arson Gable can produce fire without the aid of either. Torn between his emotions and the current path he has taken in life, Arson feels like he is all alone in the world. When he lets his guard down and actually befriends the new girl next door, Emery, he finally realizes that he can connect with others. Both are hiding behind qualities they are ashamed of and together they just might be able to overcome the obstacles before them. Will this new …
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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. Dark, moody, and breathtakingly relevant, Arson, the chilling chronicle of an isolated boy with unimaginable ability, is sure to ignite the hearts and minds of a new generation.
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ISBN-10: 1615666036
ISBN-13: 978-1615666034
Author: Estevan Vega
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Tate Publishing
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