Mackie is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess.
He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is slowly dying in the human world.
Mackie would give anything to live among us. He just wants to play bass guitar and find out more about an oddly intriguing girl named Tate.
But when Tate’s baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem.
He must face the dark creatures of the slag heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.
The Replacement made me all kinds of happy.
Mackie is a Replacement (read: a changling) – a baby from the pit, the House of Mayhem, undearneath his town of Gentry. Allergic to iron, blood and consecrated ground, Mackie is very aware of his status as a Replacement, and though his family loves him, he knows he doesn’t belong.
Although the story in The Replacement is about Mackie and friends venturing underground to save Tate’s sister, it is also very much about belonging, and discovering where you come from doesn’t make you who you are. Mackie needs to travel back to the place he came from in order to find out who he is, and his place in Gentry. He needs to come to terms with everything, if you will. If, along the way, he helps out a potential friend, stirs up and handles some trouble, well – it all adds up to a really create story and one very memorable character.
And of course, there is the creepy ghost story factor going on, with quite a bit of darkness thrown in for good measure. Not a light and happy book by any means, it never-the-less gives you a feel good hopeful sort of feeling while giving you the shivers at the same time. I loved the writing in this one, and can’t wait for more by Brenna Yovanoff!