Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.
Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate's baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs .
Okay, there are no words for how much I adored this book. It was like the dark fairytale I've always wanted, all come to life.
I was really nervous when I picked this one up, because I was so in love with the cover and the synopsis, that I was afraid that the book itself wouldn't live up to the pedestal I'd put it on in my mind.
I shouldn't have worried.
Gentry is a strange little town where babies are stolen and replaced with something else, something not human. Mackie was one of those babies, he's one of those things, but he's spent his entire life pretending to be normal. But with his black eyes and his severe allergy to nearly all metals--especially iron--and his inability to step onto hollowed ground, it's pretty clear that he's never going to be normal.
And although he's spent his entire life trying to keep his strangeness a secret, he's not really fooling anyone. This has always happened in Gentry, the thing is that usually the replacements don't live nearly as long as Mackie has. But his time is running out. Years of living in the modern metal-covered world has left him weak and sick.
Then his classmate's baby sister dies, and she comes to him for help. She's sure her sister is alive, and that the thing that died was actually something like him. So Mackie must decide between keeping his secret and revealing himself in order to try to save a life.
This was an amazing read. It was beautiful and dark and mystical. I couldn't put it down.
And as always, the cover-judger in me had to make an appearance--isn't this the most gorgeous, most terrifying thing you've ever seen?