Waiting on Wednesday: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Breaking the Spine and serves to showcase those books we’re not so patiently waiting to arrive!

This week we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming with a book for Waiting on Wednesday.  This book has been floating around in the back of my head since I stumbled upon Maureen Johnson on Twitter and found her to be a very entertaining lady to follow.  My only prior exposure to her writing is the story “Children of the Revolution” in the anthology Zombies vs Unicorns and it was suitably creepy.   We are both firmly on team Zombie, if it matters.

 

The Name of the Star
Maureen Johnson

Putnam
Releases on Sept. 29, 2011 
370 pages 
Buy it on Amazon here

The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it's the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago. 

Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn't notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

When I was younger, I had a fondness for stories taking place in boarding schools.  They always seemed so exotic and far away from my life in a dingy public school.  While I haven't read much YA set in boarding schools recently, there's still an appeal with that setting.  Add in the automatic win of it being a British boarding school and I’m sold.  Sounds like this will be full of twists and ghosts and adventure.  Considering how much I enjoyed her short story, I’m really looking forward to seeing what she does with a full length story with such supernatural elements crossing with themes from British history.  Yes, it’s the beginning of a series, but I’ll bite.  After following Johnson on Twitter and hearing the reaction this novel has already been receiving, I’m eager to read more from her.