Saturday, March 22, 2014

#BookReview : The Finisher by David Baldacci

On the jacket:

Welcome to Wormwood: a place where curiosity is discouraged and no one has ever left.  

Until one girl, Vega Jane, discovers a map that suggests a mysterious world beyond the walls. A world with possibilities and creatures beyond her imagining.  

But she will be forced to fight for her freedom. And unravelling the truth may cost Vega her life.


With The Finisher, Baldacci takes a break from adult thrillers and writes for the young adults. Having loved his other works, I couldn't resist not reading this book, despite it not being a genre I read.

The book is about a 14-year-old girl Vega Jane, who finds that there are many secrets hidden in her town, Wormwood. The residents of this town, albeit being humans, are called Wugs. With this book, Baldacci has come up with a whole new vocabulary used by the residents of Wormwood. Women are referred to as females, children as youngs, moon as noc, minute as silver etc. Vega lives with her younger brother, as their parents are awaiting death in the facility. Things start happening and Vega finds herself in the middle of it all.

A dystopian fantasy written for young adults, The Finisher is a pretty decent read. I don't suppose it is one of Baldacci's best works, I still think his works of adult thriller are way better. 

Rating: ***.5/5

[This review is for Pan Macmillan India. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]


  1. Hi, Sam. I hadn't realized David Baldacci ventured into writing for a different audience. Good for him! I like when writers branch out and write in genres and for audiences other than what they're known for.

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  2. there are some excellent YA writers. will check David out - thanks

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  3. Hadn't heard about this book before. Sounds interesting.

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  4. I hadn't heard of this book, interesting premise - very Logan's Run.
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  5. Sounds like a cool book. I love good dystopians. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Never heard of this book but sounds intriguing. Thanks for the review.

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  8. Just added it to my tbr list :)

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