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Arson by Estevan Vega

Published by Tate Publishing

Pages: 333

Ages: Young Adult

Publishers Summary: 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 girlโ€”who feels more normal behind a mask than inside her own skinโ€”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.

“When you are different life can be difficult, not only that, but sometimes unbearable. When you add in a small town setting it makes escape seem impossible. Unfortunately for Arson Gable, he falls into both categories. His life has been incredibly hard and with the absence of both his parents and only his grandparents left to raise him he’s left feeling completely alone. Alone, until a strange girl in a mask moves in next door and presents the opportunity to feel welcomed, a part of something. It also presents the possibility of something much more dangerous and possibly life threatening to them both.

“Though Arson Gable has an incredible ability, creating fire with only a thought to ignite it, he’s not much different than most teenagers who haven’t made the cut with the in-crowd. Always on the fringes of kids his age, constantly searching for answers to his problems and hoping for some kind of acceptance. Whether it be from a popular girl, acquaintances at work or a new neighbor, Arson (as would many teenagers) will take what he can find…to a point. His natural ability only adds to the passion of his desires and longings, which propel the story forward with an amazing pace and stunning ending.

“It’s the friendship of a new neighbor that brings Arson the comfort he’s seeking. Emery is Arson’s perfect counter-part, she compliments all he is lacking and brings out the best in his character. She gives him a sense of being and purpose, someone who truly understands him and what he’s going through. Both come from broken homes in some way or another, have difficult pasts to overcome and need each other desperately. Though Emery wasn’t always my favorite character in the book, it’s the development of their relationship that kept me going and needing to keep reading the book.

Arson is a beautiful, dare I say, coming of age novel with an original voice. The setting, a small town and a teen on the fringes, is one many teens will be able to relate to in some way. It’s Arson Gable’s longing for acceptance, his choices and relationship with Emery that stand out for me in the end. As a note I should mention there are scenes in the book that younger audiences may not be mature enough to handle, primarily doing with Arson’s ability to create fire, but definitely still appropriate for a young adult audience. Vega’s writing mixed with the voice of Arson is something I truly enjoyed, I’m looking forward to reading more and am hoping for a sequel soon!”

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 16/17 and up. A coming of age novel for teens on the fringes, seeking acceptance. Some violence and mention of nudity.

For the Comments: What crowd did you run with in school? How and where did you find acceptance?


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11 Responses to Book Review: Arson by Estevan Vega

  1. What an incredible review. I was not drawn to this book when I first saw it, but after reading your review I have definitely changed my mind. Thanks!

    • Yes, for me it was kind of the same and then I was approached for a tour and thought, why not? I think maybe it was the cover?? Either way, I’m glad I gave it a shot, because it’s truly a great book and I’m hoping for more! Thank you so much!

  2. Awesome review. I’ve wondered about this one.

    Have a beautiful weekend deary ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. NotNessie says:

    Great review! I think anyone can identify with the theme of wanting acceptance from your peers as a teen. I sometimes think I would hate to be a teenager again, but if I could do it knowing what I know now, I would jump at the chance! I was a very introverted, shy person as a teen- so socially awkward! Even though I’m still very shy, I think I’m a lot better at dealing with it now.

    That may have been kind of rambling.. oh well.

    • I’ll take rambling! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ramble all you want!

      I understand the shy thing completely. Though my online presence may appear to be something different, in person I can be quite shy until you get to know me and then you often can’t get me to stop. ๐Ÿ™‚ I agree though, it would definitely be a neat experience to do teenage years over again with the things we know now. Much different I imagine.

  4. Gwen says:

    This is the second time I have seen a review of this and the cover art is so haunting. Wait, I have to go back up and read your review……………………..
    I can’t get that image out of my head…………………………….Okay, I want to read it!

    • The cover is quite haunting and actually it’s something that initially turned me away from the book. Though, it’s not because I don’t like it, it’s something else, but I can’t put my finger on it. Still though, very good book and one I’d definitely recommend. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I have been watching this one – great reviews! I have been curious about this since I seen the cover.

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