Publisher David Estes.
Publication Date:February 15,2016
Genre:YA Fantasy| Romance
Source:Received E Book from author, in exchange of review.
Sometimes the strings that tie us down are the same strings that set us free.
Sixteen-year-old Pia has always lived in a mysterious facility where mechanical strings control her existence. She plays apprentice to her father, Gio, in performing nanotech designs for the Company, and she soon suspects there are diabolical human forces behind the manufactured reality of her world.
Though her childhood memories and the origins of the strings remain strangely elusive, she begins to find solace with the introduction of two unlikely friends: daring, irrational Sofia, and calm, tender Marco.
As the truths of the past and present unravel together, Pia must find a way to free herself from her strings and escape the facility before facing the wrath of the unstable head of security, Mr. Davis. But to gain her freedom, she must navigate the dangers posed by Davis and by her suspicious new friends to find the real identity of the puppeteer.
If Pia can succeed in revealing the secrets of the Company, she may very well find the independence she so desperately seeks. But in her controlled world nothing is as it seems, and the closer she gets to the truth, the graver the consequences.
Have you ever come across an author whose books you couldn’t get enough of? Where every book that you read blow you away? DAVID ESTES is that author for me; there haven’t been a single book of his that I didn’t love. STRINGS wasn’t any different; I was in love with the novel, the characters within only few pages in. Pinocchio had always fascinated me and has been one of my favorite stories in childhood. Estes retold the story in most unique and fascinating way, that you couldn’t help but fall in love with the story, it’s Pinocchio but with a different twist. STRINGS was unlike the other novels that Estes had written but once again, he found a way to capture a reader’s attention and heart. I couldn’t get enough of the story, and it made me glad that I received ARC for review purposes because I was hooked from moment that I picked the novel and before I knew it, I was part of Pia’s adventures and I needed to know what would happen next, how all of this would end for her.
Pia: You can’t help but love her, how can you not? I loved her as female version of Pinocchio, a completely different twist to the modern fairy tale. Honestly I don’t know how she held on for as long as she had, but I feel that one of the reasons that she had was because of her father, she did it for him. I loved the relationship, the bond that the two of them had, you could see how much the two of them cared for one another. There weren’t anything that the two of them wouldn’t do for each other, it almost killed them. They showed that they would do anything if it meant protecting their family. It takes a lot of courage to do what she did and what her father done. I believe that if I were in her situation I would done the same thing. To me, Pia was a fighter and strong. She had been through a lot in her life and a lot of pain but in end she kept on going. She kept fighting.
Sofia & Marco: Like Pia I loved Sofia, at least in the beginning I did. I loved how she was with Pia and the friendship that two of them had. So of course once I found the reason that Sofia got close to Pia, her plan, I was heartbroken like Pia was once she found out the truth. Sofia was one of those characters where you feel like you lost a friend once you find out truth about her. It was unexpected especially since I didn’t see Sofia as someone capable of something like that, not in beginning. Marco was one of those characters who you weren’t sure about at start but then end up falling in love with at the end. I didn’t think that Pia would end up the one falling for him, mostly of because how she acted with him when the two just met. It was more of hate/love sort of relationship. As book progressed I could see the significant change in both of them and how both of them grew to care for one another. The way that both of them wanted to protect each other, now that’s love right there. I loved reading the scenes between two of them.
STRINGS was a heartbreaking, astonishing retelling of Pinocchio. A story that you will be thinking afterwards. You will find yourself becoming part of Pia’s story. Another breathtaking novel by DAVID ESTES I can’t wait to see what adventures he will come up with next. Be ready for a thrilling ride.