Mackie Doyle looks like a human, talks like a human, even functions like a human...almost. But how many humans do you know have a fatal allergy to iron, blood, and consecrated ground? When your dad is the local pastor and you can't step foot in church with out your skin burning, how do you convince others that you're normal?
The creatures that live under the slag heap just outside of the prosperous town of Gentry require something of its residents: a small child every few years and silence about it when it happens. The human child that is taken is replaced with a replica from the slag heap. However, the replicas aren't perfect and because of their allergies to blood, iron, and consecrated ground they do not survive long in the human world. Except Mackie, who is now seventeen. Yet Mackie starts to quickly deteriorate just after another child is taken - the little sister of the girl of a friend. Determined to make things right, Mackie must face where he came from and those who live there.
New author Brenna Yovanoff shoots and scores with this book that you cannot put down. Long after you've read the last page your adrenaline will be pumping. I'm not much for scary stories, but this book has the dark side of Tim Burton written all over it so I had to read it. And while many of the creatures from the slag heap will make your toes curl, Mackie just might be the sweetest, biggest softy in YA history.
Note: This is a YALSA 2011 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick