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Killer Instinct
ISBN: 9781481402859
Author: Green, S. E.
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: May 2014
Retail: $17.99    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: Hiding a secret obsession for studying serial killers behind her high-achiever persona, teen Lane pursues vigilante justice against criminals when she believes the law has failed, activities she reevaluates in the wake of a preschool teacher's violent murder. A first novel.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Serial murderers; Fiction.
Family life; Washington (D.C.); Fiction.
Interpersonal relations; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2013037119
Lexile Measure: 630
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 10-12
Grade level: 10-12
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 6.00" L x 1.25" W
Bargain Category: High School
Grade level(s): 10th, 12th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Fall)
Lane is a normal teen girl, but at night she attacks known criminals to punish them for their crimes. Lane's escapades as the "Masked Savior" satisfy her strange urges but lead her into the machinations of a longtime serial killer. Lane is a flat, blasi narrator whose lack of emotions readers may find either off-putting or intriguing in this unique--and violent--whodunit.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 April)

Gr 12 Up—Lane is an apparently normal teen with an abnormal obsession—hunting down criminals that have evaded justice and making them accountable for their crimes. When a brutal serial killer strikes close to home, the 17-year-old knows she is the one to catch "The Decapitator." But what begins as a hobby quickly turns into a sinister game of cat-and-mouse, and Lane is drawn into a deadly web of family secrets that threatens everything she holds true. The teen is unappealingly antisocial, and her first-person narrative sounds forced in its attempt to be relatable. The story suffers from a plot that moves from one unbelievable event to the next in a series of disconnected vignettes, while erroneous details and awkward encounters between characters litter the pages. Sexual situations, including descriptions of rape and kinky sex, are more appropriate for an adult thriller. The end result is a disjointed story that stretches readers' suspension of disbelief too far. With so many great edge-of-your-seat thrillers to choose from, such as Barry Lyga's I Hunt Killers (Little, Brown, 2012), it is easy to leave Killer Instinct off the list.—Sarah Lorraine, Nazareth Academy, LaGrange Park , IL

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