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.
The Replacement was not at all what I was expecting and though the dark history of Gentry intrigued me, the rest of the story fell flat.
The book focused too much on Mackie’s normal life as a teenager. I understand it was there to show how hard it was for him to fit in and that there’s no such thing as normal, but it felt too normal. I could have been reading any other book about a high school outcast and it would have been the same thing. I would have liked less of this story line period, but if it needed to be there it could have at least focused on Mackie’s differences and not on his friendships and relationships.
Mackie’s character didn’t stand out as anyone remarkable, just a typical outcast who has dreams of dating the hottest girl in the school and cuts class occasionally. He cared way too much for sister Emma; it was completely unrealistic on both sides. They never fight and she ha cared for him and tried to keep him alive his whole life. Seriously? They acted like they were in a relationship. On a side note, Tate is absolutely crazy but I liked their relationship.
The creepy creatures living underground Gentry where great and I’d have loved to learn more about them. However I didn’t understand most of their rituals like why they needed to sacrifice children, or play music or anything. It really needed to be better explained. A simple because that’s how it is never satisfies me – I need to know the why,
The plot was extremely simple and obvious. Even the ending was really far fetched and a tad cheesy. It was all too unbelievable for my liking. Sure, I can believe that these creepy creatures exist but that a bunch of kids can overcome so many obstacles? No one has that much luck.
I know I hardly had any positives in my review, but it wasn’t an unpleasant reading experience, hence the decent rating. I wouldn’t recommend it though.
Have you read this book? What did you think?