Before I Disappear
Rose Montgomery parks her family’s trailer in Fort Glory, Oregon with one goal: to carve out a new life for herself and her little brother, Charlie. They need a fresh start for their family, and she thinks she's finally found it in a town where nobody knows them. But Rose’s plans come crashing down when, in an instant, Fort Glory disappears and every person in town vanishes into thin air—including Charlie.Rose and four other teens become trapped in the Fold, a patch of woods caught halfway between the real world and the lost town. In the Fold, a mysterious force suspends the laws of physics, and everyone’s inner darkness has the power to kill. To survive the Fold, Rose must unravel the clues Charlie sends her from the missing town. And Rose has to find Charlie soon—or he'll be gone forever.

Before I Disappear Details

TitleBefore I Disappear
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 23rd, 2019
PublisherFeiwel Friends
ISBN-139781250303202
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy

Before I Disappear Review

  • Giselle
    January 1, 1970
    I decided to DNF this one, sadly. I feel like I dont care at all about these characters and what’s happening. I’m just not feeling any emotions. It’s like I’m being told how to feel about the mystery and about the characters instead of pulling me in. In one part the MC is reminding herself she can’t trust anyone, not even anything she’s seeing, like its supposed to make it so mysterious but it feels like the author is trying to force me to feel it. As if that reminder was meant for me - to make I decided to DNF this one, sadly. I feel like I dont care at all about these characters and what’s happening. I’m just not feeling any emotions. It’s like I’m being told how to feel about the mystery and about the characters instead of pulling me in. In one part the MC is reminding herself she can’t trust anyone, not even anything she’s seeing, like its supposed to make it so mysterious but it feels like the author is trying to force me to feel it. As if that reminder was meant for me - to make sure I had the correct amount of suspicion in the right places towards this story. Plus it also has a lot more sci-fi mumbo jumbo than I care for. Stuff about atoms and black holes, which, so early on, feels like it’s wanting me to already form theories and make educated guesses on what happened. (Likely so it can have a big “unexpected” twist, but that’s just my assumption.) I’m just not feeling it, but I’m sure some who are more into these kinds of stories could enjoy it. Hence the lack of an actual rating. It did have a Stranger Things feel to it which could be compelling to the right reader.
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  • Regina Hansen
    January 1, 1970
    There is a short but heartbreaking scene in "Before I Disappear" that tells you all you need to know about Danielle Stinson's writing skill. It takes place in drugstore and has to do with a tube of red lipstick. When you get to that scene, and you start crying, remember this review. And the thing is, Stinson's wonderfully inventive science fiction novel has very little to do with lipstick or drugstores, and everything to do with time and space and the hidden places between them. It also has to d There is a short but heartbreaking scene in "Before I Disappear" that tells you all you need to know about Danielle Stinson's writing skill. It takes place in drugstore and has to do with a tube of red lipstick. When you get to that scene, and you start crying, remember this review. And the thing is, Stinson's wonderfully inventive science fiction novel has very little to do with lipstick or drugstores, and everything to do with time and space and the hidden places between them. It also has to do with love, romantic love --yes -- but also family love and the love of humanity. After a terrifyingly rendered freak accident (having to do with secret physics experiments) Rose, the novel's tough, practical and loving female protagonist must save her brother -- and her whole town -- from being lost forever. In the process, she and her few companions must their own fears, secrets, and devastating personal realities. The science fiction/physics scenes are told in a confident fashion, with a touch of magic, but what truly capture the reader are interpersonal elements -- especially between Rose and her brother Charlie. This debut novel evokes Madeleine L'Engle and Ursula LeGuin with elements of Twin Peaks and Stranger Things, but is also something complete original, with a heroine readers will love. And don't forget that scene in the drugstore.
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  • rachelwrites007
    January 1, 1970
    I need this book in my possession. A Wrinkle in Time meets Arrival? I'm here for that.
  • ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!) "Because sometimes you have to leave to survive." Before I disappear is a YA sci-fi that tells us the story of Rose, a teenager with a tragic past that is suddenly thrown into a warped reality where her new town Fort Oregon, is swallowed by an alternative dimension. Rose must find her younger brother, Charlie, to save him. Charlie is the only one able to save the town from the mysterious entity called the b ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!) "Because sometimes you have to leave to survive." Before I disappear is a YA sci-fi that tells us the story of Rose, a teenager with a tragic past that is suddenly thrown into a warped reality where her new town Fort Oregon, is swallowed by an alternative dimension. Rose must find her younger brother, Charlie, to save him. Charlie is the only one able to save the town from the mysterious entity called the black nothing. While trapped in the forest aka the Fold, Rose meets the outcast of the town, Ian. Along the way other people appear. Together they must seek Charlie and avoid the danger that lurks at every corner ruled by the supernatural while time is running out.I really liked the bond between Rose and her brother. It was touching and it felt real.I think Rose was an amazing protagonist and she had great leadership skills. I loved how raw and determined she was. I was surprised with her past.The concept of alternative dimensions was a bit scary but it was well done. I loved the eerie feel the descriptions of the sceneries added.I also liked Ian a lot, he had some pretty good advice to offer and was a really sweet boy. However considering his past issues with trust, I felt he fell in love with Rose a bit too fast.I liked Rose's group but they felt underdeveloped considering Rose and Ian's steady development. I think that was my biggest disappointment.Charlie was a great and definitely the most intriguing character of all, he really broke my heart. However, his metaphorical chapters although very poetic were utterly confusing and really hard to understand. Charlie's pov was really hard to follow. I also think Rose at the end was a little bit deus ex machina but the end was appropriate considering the circumstances.It was an enjoyable read, a 3.5 stars in a rating scale of 5. If you enjoy sci-fi Ya with a touch of eerie supernatural you about definitely give it a try! I'll also definitely read the next book the author writes.TW: violence; death; abusive relationship.
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  • Tiffany Neal
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley for providing this digital ARC.Wow.This YA sci-fi is an absolute piece of art. There are truly no words to capture just how gorgeous this novel is—the writing, the storyline, the characters—all of it touched me to my core.World-building & storylineThe very first lines in this book pull you in to a mysterious work where you know things are off kilter, but you can’t quite put your finger on it. When conversations about string theory, wrinkles in time and space continuum, an Thank you NetGalley for providing this digital ARC.Wow.This YA sci-fi is an absolute piece of art. There are truly no words to capture just how gorgeous this novel is—the writing, the storyline, the characters—all of it touched me to my core.World-building & storylineThe very first lines in this book pull you in to a mysterious work where you know things are off kilter, but you can’t quite put your finger on it. When conversations about string theory, wrinkles in time and space continuum, and multiple dimensions cropped up, I was hooked. A Wrinkle in Time and When You Reach Me are two of my favorite middle grade books of this ilk, and Before I Disappear has just made it to the ranks of top YA of this kind. The debut author, Danielle Stinson, has a unique writing style that follows a “less is more approach” which I appreciate and enjoy. Every page, every paragraph, every sentence, every word adds to the plot, world-building, or character development. There is no writing to fill pages or to sound writerly. It all has a precise purpose, and what a purpose it is. I’m in awe of how her words created images of incredibly difficult concepts and ideas. The book could have been too dense with ideas, but the style of writing is what allowed it to be readable and so enjoyable.The character development was spot-on. Again, Stinson carefully created layered characters who unraveled bit by bit along with the plot. Mysteries about the character felt true and were revealed in a way that feels like slowly opening up a package with multiple presents within one another. I fell in love with Rose and her relationship with her brother. I grew just as fond with the secondary characters, and I cared deeply with what would happen to them.I tore through the last hundred pages and cried through the ending. What an incredible experience, reading this book. I have a feeling this book is going places. Thank you, Danielle for pouring your heart and soul and energy into this book. I can’t wait to see more books from you in the future.
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  • Ashlee Cowles
    January 1, 1970
    Every now and then you come across a story you know you’ll never forget. A timeless story that's categorized as “Young Adult,” but is worth reading at any age or stage of life. For me, BEFORE I DISAPPEAR is one of those stories. This novel is a fast-paced, entertaining read that’s hard to put down, but it’s also so much more than that. I loved the eerie atmosphere that transported me to the lush forests of the Pacific Northwest. I loved the intrigue surrounding an entire town disappearing withou Every now and then you come across a story you know you’ll never forget. A timeless story that's categorized as “Young Adult,” but is worth reading at any age or stage of life. For me, BEFORE I DISAPPEAR is one of those stories. This novel is a fast-paced, entertaining read that’s hard to put down, but it’s also so much more than that. I loved the eerie atmosphere that transported me to the lush forests of the Pacific Northwest. I loved the intrigue surrounding an entire town disappearing without a trace. I loved the way the author used Physics to deepen the plot and make you think. I loved the gorgeous, poetic writing. I loved the twists and turns that kept me up reading way too late into the night.But most of all, I loved the characters.Rose Montgomery is an uncommon YA heroine. She’s brave, independent, resourceful, and smart, but I liked how she wasn’t “in your face” in a stereotypical way. Rose has had a tough life that has caused her to grow up way too fast, but her strength and maturity are genuine and shown more through her actions than her words. And while there is a subtle but swoon-worthy romance woven into all the action, the real love story is between Rose and her little brother, Charlie. I can’t think of many other novels that portray a sibling relationship in such a compelling way--you truly feel how much Rose loves her brother and have no doubt that Charlie is a special soul worth risking everything for...which Rose does. The secondary characters are also fantastic (Rowena is my favorite!). Stinson has a talent for throwing a group of unlikely people into a challenging situation and allowing the natural conflict that comes from such a ragtag bunch to create tension that drives the story. The ending of this book will have you in tears AND on the edge of your seat (a difficult combination to pull off!), but it’s the characters, the beautiful prose, and the promise of hope that will remain with you long after you finish reading.
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  • Mariama Lockington
    January 1, 1970
    "Mom told me once that every person was a strange land with their own strange weather." BEFORE I DISAPPEAR is an epic SciFi adventure full of strange weather and land. It follows Rose, a teen girl who is more of a caretaker than a child, and who fights daily to mobilize her mother and brother out of poverty and violent circumstances. When the town Rose and her family live in mysteriously disappears into thin air with all of the residents (including her brother Charlie), everything changes for Ro "Mom told me once that every person was a strange land with their own strange weather." BEFORE I DISAPPEAR is an epic SciFi adventure full of strange weather and land. It follows Rose, a teen girl who is more of a caretaker than a child, and who fights daily to mobilize her mother and brother out of poverty and violent circumstances. When the town Rose and her family live in mysteriously disappears into thin air with all of the residents (including her brother Charlie), everything changes for Rose. She, alongside a misfit crew of teens, trapped in an in-between place called The Fold, must fight to bring back the town, and Charlie, before darkness takes them all to another dimension. This book is part Madeleine L'Engle's "A Wrinkle In Time", part Gary Paulsen's "Hatchet", as Rose must survive in a strange wood, where time, space, emotions, and weather are constantly changing. Rose is a serious, driven, strong female character, who chooses to see the good in the people around her, while at the same time coming to terms with deep trauma of her own. BEFORE I DISAPPEAR is a disorientating, dark, but hopeful journey. It's the kind of book that will keep you guessing and turning pages till the end.
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  • London Shah
    January 1, 1970
    LOVE the premise of this book, can't wait to read!
  • Michael
    January 1, 1970
    Many years ago, I read the book Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension by the author Michio Kaku. I am not awesome at physics (a reality I've discussed in my review of the book The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself, but Kaku's book was written with enough simplicity that a general reader like myself could understand the incredibly complex ideas he was proposing. The idea of alternate dimensions, mirror Many years ago, I read the book Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension by the author Michio Kaku. I am not awesome at physics (a reality I've discussed in my review of the book The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself, but Kaku's book was written with enough simplicity that a general reader like myself could understand the incredibly complex ideas he was proposing. The idea of alternate dimensions, mirror universes, and parallel realities was--like so many other things--science fiction...until it wasn't. In literary criticism, the Big Idea proposed by science fiction authors is called a novum: a time machine! An intelligent computer! A warp drive! An android! Far too often, the fiction part of science fiction focuses on cardboard characters interacting with the consequences of whatever the novum might be, and while the Big Idea can often times be fun...the best stories are about people, not things. For example, the popular series Stranger Things on Netflix has make dimensional portals popular, but this book--like the Netflix series--is much more about the people who are impacted by this terrifying phenomena than the phenomena itself. Before I Disappear is about people--flawed, struggling, loving people--interacting with a terrifying event that sets reality itself askew. I was reminded of both A Wrinkle in Time and The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxset in some of the book's plot devices, but Stinson's story is very much her own. This is no simple tale of good versus evil, or of scrappy young people becoming unlikely friends in the face of some terrible mystery. The characters in this story are both heroic and deeply wounded, which only makes them more compelling to read about. I found myself completely caught up in not only the story, but in the personal arc of each and every one of them. The best compliment I can give a book is this one: I wanted to know what would happen next so much that I didn't want to put the book down. Some of Stinson's writing jumps off of the page. "We have to meet the darkness where it lives and fight to get them back" (pg. 213). "To love is to open yourself up to pain. The deepest pain there is. But it is worth the feeling." (pg. 320). And, "Because there are a million things that separate us, but none of them will ever be as strong as the ties that bind us together." (pg. 334). These truths transcend what I normally read in YA fiction. These observations are beyond most science fiction that I read as well.. There is a wisdom here; a depth of observation of life, the universe, and everything else that I found quite captivating. So, yeah...read Before I Disappear. You won't be disappointed! I will definitely read more of this author's work.
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  • Paige Green
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received this book on NetGalley and from the publisher. I was also given a copy from Fantastic Flying Book Club. Thanks! All opinions are my own.Book Series: StandaloneRating: 4/5Publication Date: July 23, 2019Genre: YA FantasyRecommended Age: 16+ (disappearing people and spooky happenings)Publisher: Feiwel FriendsPages: 320Amazon LinkSynopsis: Rose Montgomery parks her family’s trailer in Fort Glory, Oregon with one goal: to carve out a new life for herself and her little brother, Disclaimer: I received this book on NetGalley and from the publisher. I was also given a copy from Fantastic Flying Book Club. Thanks! All opinions are my own.Book Series: StandaloneRating: 4/5Publication Date: July 23, 2019Genre: YA FantasyRecommended Age: 16+ (disappearing people and spooky happenings)Publisher: Feiwel FriendsPages: 320Amazon LinkSynopsis: Rose Montgomery parks her family’s trailer in Fort Glory, Oregon with one goal: to carve out a new life for herself and her little brother, Charlie. They need a fresh start for their family, and she thinks she's finally found it in a town where nobody knows them. But Rose’s plans come crashing down when, in an instant, Fort Glory disappears and every person in town vanishes into thin air—including Charlie.Rose and four other teens become trapped in the Fold, a patch of woods caught halfway between the real world and the lost town. In the Fold, a mysterious force suspends the laws of physics, and everyone’s inner darkness has the power to kill. To survive the Fold, Rose must unravel the clues Charlie sends her from the missing town. And Rose has to find Charlie soon—or he'll be gone foreverReview: I thought the writing was amazing in this book, you can tell the author is well mastered in this book. The characters are well developed, the story is amazingly vibrant, and the whole book just feels you with this eerie feeling. It’s a good book for thrill seekers.However, I did think that the book was very hard to get into and the pacing is really slow. The book can be confusing at times too and it demands absolute attention.Verdict: If you can devote yourself to this book it’s amazing!
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  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a little conflicted about this book ughhh. I really enjoyed the characters, their relationships to each other and the siblings vibes in this, the connection and the MC's need to find her brother just, yes, I LOVE this. This book also surprised me with some of the twists and discoveries about the characters. Yet, I felt.... very confused at times, too, by the inner workings of it all to fully immerse myself into it. Tentative rating: 3,5 stars. Full review coming soon :) Thank you to MacMilla I'm a little conflicted about this book ughhh. I really enjoyed the characters, their relationships to each other and the siblings vibes in this, the connection and the MC's need to find her brother just, yes, I LOVE this. This book also surprised me with some of the twists and discoveries about the characters. Yet, I felt.... very confused at times, too, by the inner workings of it all to fully immerse myself into it. Tentative rating: 3,5 stars. Full review coming soon :) Thank you to MacMillan International for the ARC of this book. This did not, in any way, influenced my thoughts and rating. My Blog - Drizzle & Hurricane Books - Twitter - Bloglovin'
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  • Olivia Hinebaugh
    January 1, 1970
    What can I say? Except maybe that I'm head over heels for this book. It has everything I love: feels, rich worldbuilding, page turning suspense, and feels. (THE FEELS! OMG!) The writing alone gave me goosebumps dozens of times. The science is woven seamlessly into the story. And this cast of characters is brilliantly rendered. I can feel my heart tugging me back to read this one again.
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  • Danielle Stinson
    January 1, 1970
    I'm probably pretty biased, so I'm just going to go ahead and say that I loved writing this book. I've carried Rosie and Charlie in my heart for so long, and I'm excited and awed that they are almost out there in the world.To anyone who is reading this, thank you so much!
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  • cafeyre
    January 1, 1970
    Rose together with her mother and brother Charlie moves from the city to the city. They are running and trying to find a safe place to live. Their next stop is Fort Glory. Rose wants this city to be their final destination. She works at Rusty where she meets people from the city and a lot of journalists who are trying to gain more information about DARC scientific organization. Rose is trying to fit in and ask her family to do the same. Her brother is very different from other kids. He is absent Rose together with her mother and brother Charlie moves from the city to the city. They are running and trying to find a safe place to live. Their next stop is Fort Glory. Rose wants this city to be their final destination. She works at Rusty where she meets people from the city and a lot of journalists who are trying to gain more information about DARC scientific organization. Rose is trying to fit in and ask her family to do the same. Her brother is very different from other kids. He is absent most of the time living in his own world but also he is very sensitive on sounds that no one hears and their environment. He hears the song of coming darkness and warns his sister about it. Rose is too busy to understand what he means and thinks it’s all just his weird way of expressing his feelings. She changes her mind when she leaves the city for an interview in another city and there no way back home as the city disappeared together with people inside including her brother and mother. She is trying to find her way to find her family and bring them back.The unique story of unexpected events, full of science and unbreakable love. The characters in the book have a wide told past. They are also developing with each chapter of the book.Rose is a caring good person who does everything for her family without thinking about herself. She is ready to sacrifice her life to save her younger brother from the darkness. She meets Ian, Blaine, Jeremy, and Becca in the forest where they stuck and without a way to go out. They become friends and care for each other. With the time they all together need to face dangerousness of the forest they are in.One of the most interesting characters in the book is Charlie, the younger brother of Rose. He acts differently from the beginning of the book. I like the way he sees the world. He would never leave a single soul to suffer. Charlie feels the world more intensive. Thanks to this, he is able to save lives during the dark times which met the city.I didn’t finish a book yet because I’m on the vacation right now and didn’t have as much time to read it. I have 50 more pages to go so I’m very close to the end. However, I can already say how good is this book. I didn’t expect the events of the book and the relationships in it. The book is a fast read because when you start you can’t put the book down. I highly recommend it to people who like to read a book where fantasy meets science. You will love this book and all the characters in it.
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  • cafeyre
    January 1, 1970
    Rose together with her mother and brother Charlie moves from the city to the city. They are running and trying to find a safe place to live. Their next stop is Fort Glory. Rose wants this city to be their final destination. She works at Rusty where she meets people from the city and a lot of journalists who are trying to gain more information about DARC scientific organization. Rose is trying to fit in and ask her family to do the same. Her brother is very different from other kids. He is absent Rose together with her mother and brother Charlie moves from the city to the city. They are running and trying to find a safe place to live. Their next stop is Fort Glory. Rose wants this city to be their final destination. She works at Rusty where she meets people from the city and a lot of journalists who are trying to gain more information about DARC scientific organization. Rose is trying to fit in and ask her family to do the same. Her brother is very different from other kids. He is absent most of the time living in his own world but also he is very sensitive on sounds that no one hears and their environment. He hears the song of coming darkness and warns his sister about it. Rose is too busy to understand what he means and thinks it’s all just his weird way of expressing his feelings. She changes her mind when she leaves the city for an interview in another city and there no way back home as the city disappeared together with people inside including her brother and mother. She is trying to find her way to find her family and bring them back.The unique story of unexpected events, full of science and unbreakable love. The characters in the book have a wide told past. They are also developing with each chapter of the book.Rose is a caring good person who does everything for her family without thinking about herself. She is ready to sacrifice her life to save her younger brother from the darkness. She meets Ian, Blaine, Jeremy, and Becca in the forest where they stuck and without a way to go out. They become friends and care for each other. With the time they all together need to face dangerousness of the forest they are in.One of the most interesting characters in the book is Charlie, the younger brother of Rose. He acts differently from the beginning of the book. I like the way he sees the world. He would never leave a single soul to suffer. Charlie feels the world more intensive. Thanks to this, he is able to save lives during the dark times which met the city.I didn’t finish a book yet because I’m on the vacation right now and didn’t have as much time to read it. I have 50 more pages to go so I’m very close to the end. However, I can already say how good is this book. I didn’t expect the events of the book and the relationships in it. The book is a fast read because when you start you can’t put the book down. I highly recommend it to people who like to read a book where fantasy meets science. You will love this book and all the characters in it.
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  • Nicole Hewitt
    January 1, 1970
    This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction AddictionYou know how sometimes you start reading a book, and within just a few pages, you’re already saying, “I LOVE this!”? That was Before I Disappear for me. Right away, I could tell there was going to be something special in these pages—I was immediately wrapped up in the intrigue: What’s so odd about Charlie? What’s this music he’s hearing? Why have they had to move so much? What are they running from? What dangers are lu This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction AddictionYou know how sometimes you start reading a book, and within just a few pages, you’re already saying, “I LOVE this!”? That was Before I Disappear for me. Right away, I could tell there was going to be something special in these pages—I was immediately wrapped up in the intrigue: What’s so odd about Charlie? What’s this music he’s hearing? Why have they had to move so much? What are they running from? What dangers are lurking in Fort Glory?Well, I’m happy to say that the book never let me down. I was riveted throughout. I don’t want to say too much about what happens because I think it will be more fun to discover on your own, but I will say that a whole lot of craziness ensues when Fort Glory disappears. But I also loved these characters. Both Ian and Rose are obviously broken in many ways, but you can tell that both of them want something more out of life. I was definitely hoping these two would end up together in the end. Then there’s sweet Becca, nerdy Blaine and Jeremy, who has his own role to play, but I don’t want to say much about it. And Charlie. Ah, Charlie: full of mystery and wonder. And poetry! His short sections are written in verse (and I couldn’t have loved them more!!). I will say, I had pretty much figured out Rose’s secret long before the big reveal at the end, but that didn’t ruin the emotional impact of it. Honestly, I can’t think of much to say as far as negatives go. This book was pure perfection!Perfect for fans of Stranger Things or A Wrinkle in Time (the book distinctly reminded me of both of those at some points—even while it stood very much on its own), this mind-bending sci-fi is sure to set your imagination racing!***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley and FFBC blog tours in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
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  • Genevieve
    January 1, 1970
    This is easily one of the best books I’ve read in 2019. Marketed as a YA science-fiction, this book is so much more. Rose Montgomery moves her family to Fort Glory, hoping they can stop running and settle down. She’s spent her whole life watching out for her brother, Charlie, who is truly unique. Shortly after moving, the whole town disappears while Rose is out of the town limits and the story mainly revolves around her attempts to get back to save her brother, along with the intertwined story l This is easily one of the best books I’ve read in 2019. Marketed as a YA science-fiction, this book is so much more. Rose Montgomery moves her family to Fort Glory, hoping they can stop running and settle down. She’s spent her whole life watching out for her brother, Charlie, who is truly unique. Shortly after moving, the whole town disappears while Rose is out of the town limits and the story mainly revolves around her attempts to get back to save her brother, along with the intertwined story lines of other survivors, trapped in what is called The Fold. While there is a heavy element of science fiction to this story, it is also a story about humanity, about the hope and faith inside us, as well as the darkness we all carry within. This book was a hard one to put down. It will appeal to anyone looking for a story different from others on the market, as well as anyone wanting a story of perseverance, love, and loss.
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  • Maureen Joseph
    January 1, 1970
    Before I Disappear should be required reading for every high school student. In our increasingly “Me First” society, we need inspirational heroines like Rose, the book’s main character. Rose and her perfectly imperfect gang embody the loyalty, courage and nobility that potentially resides in each of us. A great read and impressive debut novel.
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  • Joe K
    January 1, 1970
    Action adventure meets fine literature. A unique reading experience. Impossible to put down. Enthusiastically recommend !
  • ANNE
    January 1, 1970
    From the very first page, Before I Disappear draws the reader into a world of mystery and darkness. Rose Montgomery carries the weight of the world on her young shoulders as she tries to make a better life for her family and leave their troubled past behind. They barely settle in to to Fort Glory, Oregon, when Rose finds herself alone, separated from her family by a terrible dark force that has evaporated the town and everyone in it. While there is peril at every turn, Rose and her companions ma From the very first page, Before I Disappear draws the reader into a world of mystery and darkness. Rose Montgomery carries the weight of the world on her young shoulders as she tries to make a better life for her family and leave their troubled past behind. They barely settle in to to Fort Glory, Oregon, when Rose finds herself alone, separated from her family by a terrible dark force that has evaporated the town and everyone in it. While there is peril at every turn, Rose and her companions manage to survive by learning to forgive, accept, trust and finally love one another. Rose’s loyalty to her brother Charlie and her growing love for Ian feels natural and makes the ending more intense. Incredible imagery,wonderfully developed characters and an unpredictable ending makes this novel a must read. Loved it!
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  • Loretta Cremin
    January 1, 1970
    One of the best books I've read. A story about love, hope and redemption. It will leave you breathless.
  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    See the full review (with gifs!) on my dumb blog here. Seventeen-year-old Rose Montgomery, her mom Helen and her little brother Charlie have been living on the run for a long time. Rose and Charlie’s father disappeared when Charlie was still a baby and after that, things fell apart. Helen became depressed, and entered into a relationship with an abusive piece of shit referred to only as the Monster. Rose, Helen and Charlie fled the Monster, but he kept pursuing them farther and farther West. At See the full review (with gifs!) on my dumb blog here. Seventeen-year-old Rose Montgomery, her mom Helen and her little brother Charlie have been living on the run for a long time. Rose and Charlie’s father disappeared when Charlie was still a baby and after that, things fell apart. Helen became depressed, and entered into a relationship with an abusive piece of shit referred to only as the Monster. Rose, Helen and Charlie fled the Monster, but he kept pursuing them farther and farther West. At the beginning of the novel, the Montgomerys are lying low in Nevada when Charlie, who has always been a bit strange, insists that the family move West to Fort Glory, Oregon for reasons Rose doesn’t quite understand. When she sees that the charity Hands for Hearths (a definite Habitat for Humanity expy) has an affiliate office in Fort Glory, she decides to go for it. All Rose wants for her family is a permanent home - someplace better than the ramshackle trailer in which they crossed the country. Hands for Hearths is her best hope.Fort Glory isn’t just your average town on the Oregon Coast - it’s the site of DARC, the Deep Atomic Research Collider, Oregon’s answer to the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. The facility had been shut down, until three weeks ago when it was brought back online...at practically the same moment Charlie started telling Rose that they needed to move to Fort Glory. Spoooooky....While the Montgomerys adjust to life in Fort Glory, including the influx of tourists, journalists and conspiracy theorists drawn in by DARC, weird things start happening in the town. Crime rises. People randomly go crazy. Rumors are that the DARC is messing with things it shouldn’t be messing with, like poking holes into other dimensions. Because it worked so well on Stranger Things.Rose just shrugs all this weirdness off - she has bigger problems, like earning a paycheck, helping her family get a house, keeping their ancient truck running and making sure there’s enough food to eat. Charlie, who is clearly some sort of Kid Hero capable of seeing things most other people can’t, tries repeatedly to warn Rose that something bad is about to happen, but, again, she just brushes it off. Rose drives to the nearby town of Maple to the Hands for Hearths office when the whole world goes crazy. The sky turns green, people start attacking each other, even Labrador retrievers turn against their humans! So Rose heads back to Fort Glory as she can as fast only to find that the road literally stops just outside of town. There’s nothing beyond it except old growth forest.The whole town is gone, along with everyone in it.Rose, desperate to find her mom and Charlie, runs into the woods. After some shenanigans, she feels this weird tugging...suddenly she’s yanked sideways into a place known as the Fold. The Fold looks like the woods around Fort Glory, but something is wrong. Really, really wrong. Rose quickly teams up with four other teens who have found themselves stuck in the Fold - including the hunky ex-con Ian, whose dark past has made him an outcast in Fort Glory, but as Rose gets to know him, he really doesn’t seem so bad...plus it’s nice to not be alone in the Fold, where the laws of physics don’t apply and your inner demons can physically hurt you. But wormholes and darkness monsters be damned, Rose is going to find Charlie, damn it!Oh, and her mom. Her, too. It’s not like she forgot her mom was missing, too...Before I Disappear is a quick, exciting read - it’s also a standalone, which, having read nothing but the first of serieses for a long while, is very refreshing. I love the setting - as a native Oregonian, I am a sucker for stories set in my beloved, bizarre home state. Character-wise, the one character we get to know best is Rose, which makes sense as the novel is written from her first-person perspective. Unfortunately, we don’t get to know the side characters as well - Blaine, Becca, and Jeremy aren’t nearly as well-developed. Charlie, aside from being a mysterious child who can see into other dimensions, doesn’t have much of a personality. He’s just an odd kid and Rose absolutely adores him. Rose’s mom falls by the wayside entirely - most of the novel has Rose laser-focused on finding Charlie, while her mom is a bit of an afterthought. But, again, that’s the limitation of the first-person perspective. Aside from Rose, the most developed character is Ian, who apparently has starburst eyes. Both he and Rose are on the run from their pasts, and being in the Fold is forcing them to confront some pretty harsh truths about themselves and their lives.My biggest complaint concerning Before I Disappear would be the ending. The story just ends. I would’ve loved a denouement or an epilogue or something where we could see what happens to the characters after the end of the main action...but instead we get action action action action end. So many stories end that way, I wanna know what people get up to when they get home after the adventure, damn it! I’m guessing lots of people, as soon as the adventure is over, just go home, shower, stuff food into their faces and then sleep for the next three straight days. Or maybe go to a hospital. Or immediately get arrested, like in Keanu. Either way, I wish we could’ve gotten more than just “hey it’s over!”
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  • David Cremin
    January 1, 1970
    Phenomenal read, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! Stinson will have you on the edge of your emotional seat with this one!!
  • Tiffany Neal
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley for providing this digital ARC.Wow.This YA sci-fi is an absolute piece of art. There are truly no words to capture just how gorgeous this novel is—the writing, the storyline, the characters—all of it touched me to my core.World-building & storylineThe very first lines in this book pull you in to a mysterious work where you know things are off kilter, but you can’t quite put your finger on it. When conversations about string theory, wrinkles in time and space continuum, an Thank you NetGalley for providing this digital ARC.Wow.This YA sci-fi is an absolute piece of art. There are truly no words to capture just how gorgeous this novel is—the writing, the storyline, the characters—all of it touched me to my core.World-building & storylineThe very first lines in this book pull you in to a mysterious work where you know things are off kilter, but you can’t quite put your finger on it. When conversations about string theory, wrinkles in time and space continuum, and multiple dimensions cropped up, I was hooked. A Wrinkle in Time and When You Reach Me are two of my favorite middle grade books of this ilk, and Before I Disappear has just made it to the ranks of top YA of this kind. The debut author, Danielle Stinson, has a unique writing style that follows a “less is more approach” which I appreciate and enjoy. Every page, every paragraph, every sentence, every word adds to the plot, world-building, or character development. There is no writing to fill pages or to sound writerly. It all has a precise purpose, and what a purpose it is. I’m in awe of how her words created images of incredibly difficult concepts and ideas. The book could have been too dense with ideas, but the style of writing is what allowed it to be readable and so enjoyable.The character development was spot-on. Again, Stinson carefully created layered characters who unraveled bit by bit along with the plot. Mysteries about the character felt true and were revealed in a way that feels like slowly opening up a package with multiple presents within one another. I fell in love with Rose and her relationship with her brother. I grew just as fond with the secondary characters, and I cared deeply with what would happen to them.I tore through the last hundred pages and cried through the ending. What an incredible experience, reading this book. I have a feeling this book is going places. Thank you, Danielle for pouring your heart and soul and energy into this book. I can’t wait to see more books from you in the future.
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  • Stephanie Ward
    January 1, 1970
    'Before I Disappear' is probably one of the best books that I've read so far this year, and I definitely don't take that lightly. I was initially intrigued by the mystery surrounding the town going missing and the rest of the description, but almost immediately after I started reading I fell in love with every aspect of this story. And my love for it only grew from there. Every single thing about this book was amazing and I still can't believe it's the author's debut. Since this is a mysterious 'Before I Disappear' is probably one of the best books that I've read so far this year, and I definitely don't take that lightly. I was initially intrigued by the mystery surrounding the town going missing and the rest of the description, but almost immediately after I started reading I fell in love with every aspect of this story. And my love for it only grew from there. Every single thing about this book was amazing and I still can't believe it's the author's debut. Since this is a mysterious science fiction type novel, I won't go into much detail about the plot so I don't give anything away. All I can say was that it was both fascinating and magnificent - and there wasn't any part that didn't blow me away. I loved the creepy mystery surrounding what happens along with the science fiction aspect (not to mention the actual science part of it!). The author blends several genres together to create a book that breaks label barriers of any kind. The characters were all well rounded and complex, even the secondary ones. Of course the main character, Rose, was the most realistic and in depth. She's amazing in so many ways. She's tough, incredibly loving, dedicated, hard working, and will literally do anything for her family. She's had a really tough life, but somehow doesn't become jaded by it - probably due to her little brother Charlie. I loved his character too - he was sweet and unique and very intriguing. Aside from figuring out why the town disappeared and how to get it and the people back, there's a lot of attention on the personal relationships between characters. Not just in the romance department - although that does take place - but mostly love between a family. More specifically, Rose's love for Charlie and her mom. This book has several layers interwoven to create a truly unique story that will appeal to fans of all genres and ages. Very highly recommended!Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Sabrina Kaye Fox
    January 1, 1970
    Before I Disappear is marketed as Arrival meets A Wrinkle in Time. I've never Arrival nor have I ever read A Wrinkle in Time, so I went into this novel pretty blind.Rose Montgomery has had a hard life. After their latest setback, her, her brother Charlie, and her mother find themselves in Fort Glory, Oregon.Rose's goal is to make a better life for her younger brother and her mother. Before she knows it, everything is flip-turned upside down and Fort Glory seems to be gone. Poof, into thin air. T Before I Disappear is marketed as Arrival meets A Wrinkle in Time. I've never Arrival nor have I ever read A Wrinkle in Time, so I went into this novel pretty blind.Rose Montgomery has had a hard life. After their latest setback, her, her brother Charlie, and her mother find themselves in Fort Glory, Oregon.Rose's goal is to make a better life for her younger brother and her mother. Before she knows it, everything is flip-turned upside down and Fort Glory seems to be gone. Poof, into thin air. Taking Charlie and her mother along with it.Rose finds herself trapped in The Fold with four others who have to rely on each other to figure out how to survive. The Fold is a 30 mild wooded area hell-bent on killing them if they're not careful.The whole time they're separated Charlie is sending Rose signals that help pave the way to save the group and their whole town.I love the characters. Rose is amazingly grown up for her age due to the circumstance that led Rose and her family to Fort Glory. She's strong and resilient and hard-working. There's no one she cares about more than Charlie. Charlie is a wonder and he's selfless and it's not hard to see why Rose goes through everything she does to get him back.There's a small relationship that blossoms between Rose and another character and I like the way Stinson wrote it in. It isn't the main plot of the story but it helps the story along. It's subtle and I'm all about subtle. Romance that's too in your face isn't for me so I really appreciated this aspect of the novel!If sci-fi isn't your thing, take a leap of faith because it's not mine either and I still enjoyed this one quite a bit. Stinson focuses more on the driving forces of life like love and longing instead of making it all about sci-fi.
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  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    I didn’t know what to expect with Before I Disappear, but I devoured this book. I loved the story, the world, the quick pace, the profound notes, the science, but most of all I loved these characters. I rooted for them, I cried for them, I wanted things for them so badly. This book will stay with me for a while.The main character, Rose, is a fantastic female heroine. She is smart, tough, independent, but feels no need to show any of that off. She has a huge heart and most of the story is driven I didn’t know what to expect with Before I Disappear, but I devoured this book. I loved the story, the world, the quick pace, the profound notes, the science, but most of all I loved these characters. I rooted for them, I cried for them, I wanted things for them so badly. This book will stay with me for a while.The main character, Rose, is a fantastic female heroine. She is smart, tough, independent, but feels no need to show any of that off. She has a huge heart and most of the story is driven by that heart, which gave it such a personal note. The relationship she has with the other characters, especially her brother, were touching and relatable. I felt like these could be real people with real thoughts and feelings. Stinson did an impeccable job of adding depth and drive to each character and their path, and I think that shows in both the writing and the story.One thing I loved was how Stinson created a sense of urgency almost immediately. This energy sweeps you up with the rest of the story and doesn’t let you down until it’s over. This book was easy and fun to read while still engaging me on all fronts, which I so appreciate. Even the science that the author has woven into the story, while it can be confusing, does more to create a logical and immersive world around the “why” of every event.This book had brains, heart, and courage, and I would definitely recommend it to any YA SF lovers out there.Thank you to Netgalley for my copy of this ARC, in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jessica | Booked J
    January 1, 1970
    Review was originally posted here to Booked J. As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for participating in the blog tour/my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. Everything happens for a reason. But what happens when a mysterious force engulfs and entire town and most of the people living within it? Before I Disappear sets its bleak and chilling atmosphere straightaway. It's so captivating, readers all pulled in within a few page Review was originally posted here to Booked J. As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for participating in the blog tour/my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. Everything happens for a reason. But what happens when a mysterious force engulfs and entire town and most of the people living within it? Before I Disappear sets its bleak and chilling atmosphere straightaway. It's so captivating, readers all pulled in within a few pages and everything feels as though it is passing you in slow motion.When I read the synopsis, I expected something that would resemble parts of The Leftovers (the book and HBO television series of the same name) and Stranger Things in tone but what Danielle Stinson has created is so much more than that. It is the very sort of riveting that will leave you feeling breathless and on the edge of your seat.What makes Before I Disappear unforgettable is the way that each of the central mysteries unfold for the readers--the way that Stinson paces the novel and divides the POV makes reading it all the more tense. Where there is tension and mysterious forces, and events that will leave readers wondering, there is resolution. Within each page lays plotlines woven together so intricately, you can feel its energy crackling in the air.You can expect to feel heartbreak and awe throughout the course of Before I Disappear. One thing is certain: it is an experience you'll never forget. This story will consume you. It is easily one of the best young adult novels of the year and, frankly, something you cannot miss.No matter your age, this book will keep you reading until its final page. The rest of your week will be devoted to thoughts of Before I Disappear and its characters. It goes without saying, Danielle Stinson is a force to be reckoned with and the best debut author of 2019.
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  • Bexa
    January 1, 1970
    Rose and her family have been on the run for a while. She thinks that they've finally gotten to a safe location, but a new danger connected to the old danger follows her. She's trying to make a better life for them, only to have the town they're living in, and all the residents, disappear from existence. She finds her way into the Fold and joins up with some other stragglers as they try to find her missing brother and the rest of the town.While this book does have a lot of science fiction elemen Rose and her family have been on the run for a while. She thinks that they've finally gotten to a safe location, but a new danger connected to the old danger follows her. She's trying to make a better life for them, only to have the town they're living in, and all the residents, disappear from existence. She finds her way into the Fold and joins up with some other stragglers as they try to find her missing brother and the rest of the town.While this book does have a lot of science fiction elements, this is really a novel about growing as a person and understanding that while the past can guide you, it doesn't need to be your defining factor. Rose and Ian's relationship develops a lot faster than I feel it should have, but I guess when you're trying to survive before the wormhole that is eating your town eats you feelings develop quicker. I love that everyone has a chance for redemption in this story. It's also fast paced and keeps you interested, though some of the chapters seem to leap instead of glide into the next. Also, for all the wormholes, alternate dimensions, and string theory that is talked about, it's not so scientific heavy that the reader gets lost. I definitely enjoyed this book.ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher.
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  • Stéphanie Louis
    January 1, 1970
    What I likedI really enjoyed reading Before I disappear. The writing style was fluid and simply perfect. It was easy to get through the chapters and you didn’t see the time fly past. The idea of this novel was great as well. At some parts it reminded me a lot of Under the Dome by Stephen King and I loved that book. And Under the Dome was messed up as well. (In a good way of course!)Before I Disappear has a great storyline and I’m interested in reading more by Danielle Stinson in the future. And What I likedI really enjoyed reading Before I disappear. The writing style was fluid and simply perfect. It was easy to get through the chapters and you didn’t see the time fly past. The idea of this novel was great as well. At some parts it reminded me a lot of Under the Dome by Stephen King and I loved that book. And Under the Dome was messed up as well. (In a good way of course!)Before I Disappear has a great storyline and I’m interested in reading more by Danielle Stinson in the future. And who knows maybe we get more of Rosie? But I do think that the ending was great as it was and that there won’t be a second book coming out.What I didn’t likeI thought that the last few chapters were a bit strange. The atmosphere changed and the whole story started to become strange and I had some troubles to follow. I also thought that it started to drag a lot after 70% which was a bit annoying at some times and this is also one of the reasons why I didn’t give it 5 stars.Overall, it was a great book with some flaws but definitely a great and quick read. If you liked Under the dome then you will like this one too.
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