Katelyn Detweiler

Book - 2016

"In the aftermath of a terrorist attack on Disney World, all eyes turn to a teenage girl who may be the savior the world needs"--

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New York, New York : Viking 2016.
Physical Description
433 pages ; 22 cm
Main Author
Katelyn Detweiler (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Iris Spero used to be full of hope. She believed in music, helping people who are down on their luck, and in the general goodness of the world. But that was all before the American group The Judges set off bombs all over Disney World and killed more than 10,000 adults and children, all in the name of people without a voice. When Iris' mother, Mina, receives a visitor from her past, secrets keep coming up, and they all point to Iris being something special—someone who transcends the barriers of the modern world. Will she be able to give the world the hope it needs now? There are distinct biblical parallels here, which is unsurprising since Detweiler's first book, Immaculate (2015), focused on Mina's immaculate conception of Iris. It's a slow start, setting up some intense world building, and the payoff is a gamble. A timely but tough read that will bring up recent memories of violence worldwide, this is best for older readers. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

A young woman struggles with matters of faith and destiny in the wake of a horrifying terrorist attack on American soil. Seventeen-year-old Iris Spero discovers that she is the product of an immaculate conception (her mother is Mina, from 2015's Immaculate), and possibly the next messiah. As she reels with the idea that her family has lied to her all her life, resisting the notion that she has divine powers or purpose, Iris's identity is leaked to the public, forcing her to hide even as the world clamors for her to prove herself and heal those wounded by the attack. But Iris lacks faith in herself, let alone a higher power, and her road to self-realization is fraught with danger and doubt. Detweiler again presents an intriguing contemporary riff on Christian themes, but her heroine's insecurity and indecisiveness grow tedious as she repeatedly rejects friends, family, and the truth. Iris's drawn-out path to actually do something productive and an incidental romantic subplot lessen the impact of the emotional journey and actualization at the heart of the story. Ages 14–up. Agent: Jill Grinberg, Jill Grinberg Literary Management. (Oct.) [Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 10 Up—An inspirational story about finding the strength to believe in oneself. Iris Spero is a high school student in New York City preparing to start her senior year when a terrorist attack on Disney World shakes the nation. Not long after the tragedy, a stranger arrives on her doorstep seeking help. This visit exposes a secret about Iris's existence that is nothing short of impossible. Hurt and feeling lost, she finds an unlikely friend and confidant in Zane, a cynical homeless teenager. Together they unravel the past and try to discover who they are while dealing with the growing pressure for Iris to produce a miracle. This thought-provoking follow-up to Detweiler's Immaculate does well as a stand-alone. The main characters are multidimensional and relatable, adding an authentic feel to this contemporary tale of magical realism. Romance is sprinkled throughout but is not a major theme. Instead, the focus is on familial and social issues that plague today's society. Although slow to start, the novel picks up momentum with each passing chapter, leading to a page-turning conclusion. VERDICT An excellent addition to any high school or public library, this book will attract readers of contemporary fantasy.—Melissa Poole, Clemson University Library, Anderson, SC. Copyright 2016 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"In the aftermath of a terrorist attack on Disney World, all eyes turn to a teenage girl who may be the savior the world needs"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In the aftermath of a terrorist attack on Disney World, all eyes turn to a teenage girl who may be the savior the world needs.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A timely work of contemporary magical realism, about a world plagued by violence, and the girl called upon to be a hero.  When terrorists bomb Disney World, seventeen-year-old Iris Spero is as horrified as anyone else. Then a stranger shows up on her stoop in Brooklyn, revealing a secret about the mysterious circumstances surrounding Iris’s birth, and throwing her entire identity into question. Everything she thought she knew about her parents, and about herself, is a lie.   Suddenly, the press is confronting Iris with the wild notion that she might be “special.” More than just special: she could be the miracle the world now so desperately needs. Families all across the grieving nation are pinning their hopes on Iris like she is some kind of saint or savior. She’s no longer sure whom she can trust—except for Zane, a homeless boy who long ago abandoned any kind of hope. She knows she can’t possibly be the glorified person everyone wants her to be… but she also can’t go back to being safe and anonymous. When nobody knows her but they all want a piece of her, who is Iris Spero now? And how can she—one teenage girl—possibly heal a broken world?