About the Author
David Baldacci is an international best-selling crime novelist. He has written 27 best-selling novels and his books are printed in over 45 different languages and in more than 80 countries. The author is known for his philanthropic activities such as founding "Wish you Well Foundations" to combat illiteracy and supporting "National Multiple Sclerosis Society".
Plot of the Story
The story starts in a mysterious village named "Wormwood" where life is tough and brutal. The village is controlled by a council that forbids the villagers from leaving the place and made it a crime, which is punishable by death. The villagers have been told that there is nothing outside their village except the Quag. Quag is a dangerous forest where terrifying beasts lurk around.
Vega, a 14 year girl is the protagonist of this story. She was one of the citizens in the Wormwood village. One day she woke up to the sound of something being chased by the canines. She quickly gets down from her tree to have a look at the scene. Jurik Krone, one of the members of the council stood there. He asked young Vega to return to her tree for the hour as it was not safe for the kids. Later that day she worked with Quentin Herms, a family friend and taught her various things such as painting, carving, moulding, etc.
One day Quentin Herms was suddenly missing from the village. She was confronted by Jurik Krone who asks her to inform the council if she hears about Quentin. Days later she finds a map that was left by Quentin Herms along with a secret message, showing a way out of Wormwood. As Vega begins to investigate the situation she realizes that her village is built on dangerous lies and the council is willing to take extreme measures to keep it that way. Will Vega's path lead her to the truth or will it cost her life?
The author had used different words in place of existing known words, such as "session" instead of year, "wug" instead of person, "sliver" instead of minute, "morta" instead of gun, and so on.
Baldacci's imagination of the world is brilliant and exciting and draws the attention of the readers. The characters are so appealing, the female protagonist being sympathetic. Though the plot is little complex, it is fast paced to keep the audience immersed with the plot. It is enriched with a back story that adds an enticing tinge to the plot. The Finisher is something different and unique of the author's own writing style.