Facts and Figures
Published: January 7th 2016, Chicken House
Acquired: Kindly sent for review by the publisher
What’s the story?
When Maisie is struck by lightning, her face is partially destroyed. She’s lucky enough to get a face transplant, but how do you live your life when you can’t even recognize yourself anymore? She was a runner, a girlfriend, a good student …a normal girl. Now, after a single freak accident, all that has changed. As Maisie discovers how much her looks did and didn’t shape her relationship to the world, she has to redefine her own identity, and figure out what ‘lucky’ really means.
What did I think?
Before I move onto the story itself, I just have to give Faceless a shoutout for having one of my favourite covers of 2016. Simple but effective wins every time.
The power of Faceless’ story lays in the reader’s ability to connect with Maisie, to really feel for her character and imagine what she’s going through, both physically and emotionally. Unfortunately, I didn’t find myself as connected to Maisie as I wanted to be. While I enjoyed the story and thought it was well-written, it didn’t linger in my mind after I’d finished reading.
While we did delve into Maisie’s struggles with the loss of her identity after her transplant, I don’t feel as though Sheinmel went as deep as she could have. I know this is a common criticism of mine but I wish less time had been dedicated to the romance and had instead focused on other areas of Maisie’s life – for example, she was a runner before the accident and I would have been interesting to dig deeper into that side of her life, particularly as the accident happened while she was out running.
Who would I recommend it to?
Because I’ll never say no to paraphrasing Violet Chachki… I’m not recommending Faceless but I’m not not recommending Faceless.