Excerpt from The Finisher by David Baldacci

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This one has been a fun read so far: The Finisher by David Baldacci is sort of a Harry Potter meets Katniss Everdeen, with a great sarcastic sense of humor thrown in. The recommended reading ages for this book are all over the places. We can find age 10-14, grade 9, grade 6-9,  grade 7-10, grade 5-9, and ‘middle grade’ all in different places on the Amazon page. I would absolutely recommend it for younger readers. More of a Harry Potter vibe than Divergent, even though the cover gives the impression it is for older kids. That’s not to say that older readers won’t enjoy it!

Being fourteen and female was frowned on here in Wormwood, the village where we both lived. It’s never been clear to me why. But I liked being young. And I liked being female.

David Baldacci, The Finisher

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Vega Jane was always told no one could leave the town of Wormwood. She was told there was nothing outside but a forest filled with danger and death. And she always believed it — until the night she saw Quentin Herms run away.

Vega knows Quentin didn’t just leave — he was chased. And he left behind a trail of clues that point to a dark conspiracy at the heart of Wormwood. To follow the clues will attract the attention of influential people willing to kill to keep their secrets. If Vega wants to stay safe, she just needs to keep her head down and her mouth shut. There’s only one problem — Vega Jane never walks away from a fight.



  1. Kathy Martin says

    Sounds interesting. Doesn’t he also write for adults? My YA teaser this week comes from These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly. Happy reading!

  2. Vega Jane sounds like a fascinating character. I like stories that feature strong female protagonists, so this is a book I’d probably enjoy — even though it’s a genre that I rarely read.
    My Tuesday post features In His Arms.

  3. I love his spy novels but didn’t even realize he wrote for middle grades. He’s such a prolific writer. Theme sounds a bit familiar but with him, there’s probably a good twist to it. Here’s my TT: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-Yi

  4. Sounds interesting, and I love the cover!
    Here’s my TT for this week: http://justasecondblog.blogspot.com/2015/10/teaser-tuesdaysfirst-chapter-first_20.html

  5. Have loved Baldacci for a long time, but somehow missed he’d been writing middle grade reads. This sounds like a good one!

  6. I loved this book! Great start to a new series.

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