05 July 2013

Title: This Strange and Familiar Place (So Close to You #2)
Author: Rachel Carter
Publisher: HarperTeen, 272 Pages (July 2nd, 2013)
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Synopsis: These are the things of which Lydia is now certain:

The Montauk Project has been experimenting with time travel for years.

The Project's subjects are "recruits" from across time, recruits like Wes, Lydia's ally, friend, and love.

The Project is now responsible for the disappearance of two members of her family...

The conspiracy theorists were right about the Montauk Project all along. In this sequel to So Close to You, they're coming for Lydia next...

Excerpt:

           The music has changed from techno to old school rap: a guy talking in slow tones over a catchy melody. I glance toward the deejay booth, and then push myself up off of the wall. LJ and Maria have disappeared.
           I frantically look around the club. But I can’t see anything: it’s too dark in here, with too many people. I knew we should have taken Maria and gotten out of here, but LJ didn’t want to worry her. He said he would watch out for her during her set, and I agreed, confident that the Montauk Project wouldn’t try anything around this many people. But maybe I was wrong.
           I head for the nearest exit, but a boy with a shaved head steps in front of me. His lip ring catches the light even in this dim basement. “You’re too fine to be sitting in the corner all night,” he says. “Let’s dance.”
           “I can’t, I’m in a hurry.” I try to move past him, but he blocks my path again. “Move,” I say.
           “Don’t be like that.”
           “I said move.” I shove at his chest and he takes a step back. But he grabs my arm before I can get away.
            “And I said don’t be like that,” he snarls, and squeezes my skin hard enough to leave a bruise.
Suddenly he’s ripped away from me and knocks into a crowd of people. I hear a shout as someone spills their drink.
           Wes is standing in front of me, glaring at the punk kid. His hair is messier than usual, as though he’s been running his fingers through it.
           “Wes.” I ignore the commotion and focus on him. “We have to find LJ and Maria. They disappeared.”
           He nods, and we push through the crowd. We find the exit and run up the dusty stone steps. Kids are sitting on them, some drinking and talking, some making out, and we weave around them. Outside, the air is humid, but at least it’s not as oppressive as it is in the club. We’re on a side street, and there are people everywhere, waiting to get inside or smoking cigarettes.
           “I don’t see them.” I sound panicked.
           “There.” Wes points to an alley next to the church. We run over to it. A white van is parked on the far end. As I watch, a flash of dark hair disappears into it, and I hear the jagged sound of the door sliding shut.
           The van pulls away with a squeal of tires.
           “Maria!” I scream and run down the alley. By the time I get to the end, the van is nowhere in sight.



Author Bio: 

Rachel Carter grew up surrounded by trees and snow and mountains. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont and Columbia University, where she received her MFA in nonfiction writing. These days you can find her working on her next novel in the woods of Vermont.





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