Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies
by Lindsay Ribar
Twin Peaks meets Stars Hollow in this paranormal suspense novel about a boy who can reach inside people and steal their innermost things—fears, memories, scars, even love—and his family’s secret ritual that for centuries has kept the cliff above their small town from collapsing.
Aspen Quick has never really worried about how he’s affecting people when he steals from them. But this summer he’ll discover just how strong the Quick family magic is—and how far they’ll go to keep their secrets safe.
With a smart, arrogant protagonist, a sinister family tradition, and an ending you won’t see coming, this is a fast-paced, twisty story about power, addiction, and deciding what kind of person you want to be, in a family that has the ability to control everything you are.
ROCKS FALL, EVERYONE DIES is one of my favorite books so far this year. It has the perfect touch of magical realism and a great magical story line mixed in with wonderfully flawed and interesting characters.
The members of the Quick family each have the magical ability to ‘reach’ into people and see their personalities, their memories, and everything else about them and then ‘take’ it to give to The Cliff. The Cliff develops faults and cracks that Aspen’s grandmother can sense, and it is the family’s responsibility to give The Cliff pieces of people in order to repair it so that it doesn’t crumble and cause an avalanche and crush the whole town. Hence, rocks fall, everyone dies.
This book really isn’t a romance at all even though there are some romantic moments. It’s more about family and the ties that bind you to each other and the choices that you make about the kind of person you want to be.
I really enjoyed how the main character, Aspen, always kept me guessing. I never knew where the story was heading, and it was captivating from start to finish. I finished this book in one sitting, something I haven’t done in a VERY LONG TIME. I’m glad I purchased this one — it’s worth having and absolutely a good one to recommend out to friends! If you haven’t read this one yet, head to the store or the library and grab it because you won’t be disappointed.