Aspen Quick has an interesting power; he can reach into a
person and take things from them, a memory, a feeling, a
fear, even a freckle on their arm if he chooses. His whole
family has certain abilities in exchange for protecting and
fixing the Cliff, something they've been doing for
generations. This summer, with Aspen's two best friends,
Aspen will discover that what he does might make his life
easier...but it might not be good.
ROCKS FALL EVERYONE DIES is the kind of weird, in the best
way, story that stays with you a long time. Aspen's
compelling narrative sucks you in from the beginning, and
much like watching a rock fall, it's hard to look away.
Aspen is charming and not too moral, a dangerous
combination, and his journey in learning empathy and
boundaries is incredible. The themes in this book offer so
much discussion about what one might do if they could
control others, what the consequences of that would look
like, and what happens when someone decides what is and
isn't good or natural for another person to feel or think.
The premise is unique and fascinating. Aspen's family is
tied to the Cliff, and they use their powers to heal any
fractures or tears in it. Their one big rule is to not use
their powers on each other, but of course, power is easy to
corrupt and even addicting. Responsibility is another
important component of the story, and there's a wonderful
line of suspense because you don't know which family members
are being careful with their powers and which are using it
Topped off with a fierce and dynamic cast of both main and
secondary characters, ROCKS FALL EVERYONE DIES is a must
read for anyone who loves their stories a little strange, a
little dark, and compulsively readable.
A 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
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.