13 Days: The Dark Circle
BY: K. Lippi
PUBLISHED BY: Mirror Publishing
PUBLISHED IN: 2010
Reviewed by Billy Burgess
Sixteen teens are selected to be apart of the Reality TV show on YTV called 13 Days. They are grouped into pairs of siblings, cousins, friends, and lovers. They are staying at the St. Clara Asylum on the haunted island. The main character Selene, and her brother Seth, are hoping to win the million dollar grand prize so they can save their family ranch.
At the end of each day, a contestant will be eliminated. As they explore the asylum, they start to hear strange footsteps and voices. Is the asylum haunted? Who will be voted off next?
13 Days has an interesting concept of using the reality theme. It is a combination of Survivor and Ghost Hunters. Most of the characters are flawed and cliché, mimicking teenagers from television instead of actual life, but you have to remember that most reality shows are scripted. The book flips back and fourth from one character’s view point to another, and it annoyed me. If the author had written the book in third person, the pacing would have been better. There were too many characters. Obviously, the plot was meant to be scary, but I found it to be not scary and very confusing. If you like reality TV, then you may like this novel; however, I didn’t enjoy reading it.