Source: ARC from Netgalley
Publisher: Worthy Publishing
Published Date: January 21, 2014
Christy and Austin are teenage friends bound by a common disease: amnesia. Neither of them knows anything about their past or their families. But while Austin is secure in who he is in the present and his ability to think his way out of most problems, Christy is stuck on her self image and believes she cannot truly know who she is unless she finds her family.
Through a series of events and mistaken identity, they both get admitted into a psych hospital which uses unconventional means to treat its patients, and the lamps are the only way out. Can Austin think his way out of this? Will Christy give in to pressure? Or will they both turn on their lamps and see?
The premises in this book are simple. First, that we each live in our own perception of reality and truth, and consequently, our experiences depend on what we see. Secondly, that we are not our beliefs, brains or even minds. I liked reading it, although I almost put it down after the first 10 pages because I thought it disturbing. I liked the story and the idea of it, but some things were left unexplained. I liked most of the characters, and Austin was my favorite. I loved his unique mind and his unwillingness hang his identity on the things he didn’t know about himself. Overall, it’s a good read and will make you think.
If you love Thrillers, or if you loved House by Dekker and Perretti, you might like this.