The aliens crash-landed on Earth eleven years ago. And now, sixteen-year-old Victoria Hale feeds them. With her emotions.
Victoria is an EVE - an Emotion Vesicle Engraft - and one of few humans who are genetically capable of producing emotions for the Gutters to feed on. She's doing it for the money - her sister Alisa needs a good doctor, and fast. But what she didn't count on was being sent to the world's first desegregated high school for Gutters and humans. She didn't count on the paparazzi, the protestors, or the insane Gutter politics and government secrets. She didn't count on the crimson-eyed Gutter prince with an intriguing heart of cold iron, either.
She especially didn't count on murder.
But it's counting on her.
✯✯5 Earth Shattering Stars!!✯✯
Eleven years ago, aliens landed on Earth.
"To the Gutters, emotion is energy, food, the lifeblood in their bodies. To humans, emotions like fear change you, challenge you, and forge you into better people. So don't be afraid of fear. Embrace it."
Sara Wolf has done it to me again!! Every series she comes out with gets better then the last. I read both her Arranged & Lovely Vicious series's. But, this one is totally not like the last one's she has put out. I loved how different it was from everything I have read before. It has humans & aliens and everybody trying to figure out whats right and wrong. How to try to follow what they believe and not by what other people are telling them. Sara did an awesome job!!
Fear Me Not follows Victoria AKA Vic as she enters Green Hills High School as a EVE (Emotion Vesicle Engraft). She is going to be feeding the Gutters her emotions. The aliens AKA Gutters crash landed on earth 11 years before and haven't been able to fix their spaceship and leave. The government and the aliens have come up with the plan to open this school where BOTH human & gutter children go to school together. One gutter & human share a room together and become culture partners. They have to study together and teach the other one about their world.
"They're not going to let us leave, Shadus. They're going to kill us all. All of us. And they're going to make it look like an accident, so the general public doesn't suspect anything."
It is definitely not as easy as it sounds. Humans do not trust Gutters. Gutters do not trust humans. But, unfortunately for the Gutters they NEED the humans to survive. So why would the humans agree to klet their children go to school with Gutters? Money! When the humans fulfill their contract they get paid a lot.
"You'll never understand the sacrifices we've made just to survive on this planet. And you'll never care. Because you're a human. And all they do is pretend to care."
Victoria's mom died in a stampede surrounding the Gutters. Her mom hated them and was always one of the first when the protests against the Gutters started. So, why would she agree to become a EVE? Her younger sister is very sick. Her father is working 24/7 and is struggling to pay for her treatments. Vic's compatibility with the EVE is so good that she'll get paid so high that she can't say no.
Now, she's paired up with Shadus who's family is high up in the Gutter world. Shadus is not like most of the other Gutters. He speaks no one! Her roommate is Raine. Her family is high up too. Raine is also a model & on every magazine cover. She tries to be friendly with Vic. But, Vic stops it real quick.
Only certain people can be EVEs. Everybody knows that. Genetic dispositions, blood types, health; all of it's a factor. The clinics test humans for a specific genetic marker that makes it easier for the body to accept the EVE organ.
Vic is on a mission. Get through this year and get the money to help her sister. It should be easy!
Vic & Shadus have a very interesting relationship. They agree to be not-friends! Yes, they have to study together and whatnot. But, unlike a lot of the other Gutter/Human friendships popping up all over the place. They will not be one of them. That's a lot harder then what they thought as well.
Over time together things change between them. Shadus starts telling Vic things about the Gutters. Things NO human should know. Shadus lets Vic know that it doesn't matter who she tells nobody will believe her. Vic on the other hand gives Shadus information too. Stuff like smile you won't be so scary. Or explain what words to use & not use.
"Gutters are not dangerous. Despite the rumore, Gutters have no special abilities, or enhanced series. We are in human bodies, after all. We are as you are. Lastly, culture, and we ask the same for you."
They quickly become friends whether they like it or not. Deep down they do. But, they'd never say it out loud.
Vic becomes fast friends with Dakota. Another human who gets picked on constantly and reminds her of her younger sister. She also becomes friends with another Gutter Taj. He too is high up.
Vic literally becomes friends with the highest of high Gutters! She sees stuff firsthand that no other human ever would. She is learning rather quickly that not all gutters are as bad as the protesters have made them out. She may not agree with how they do things on their planet. But, who is she to judge.
"I'm not trying to make friends. I'm an Executioner. My duty is to deal death. Friends don't tend to stick around when your job is to behead people."
Vic gets into a nice routine with her friends Shadus, Raine, Taj & Dakota. Until everything changed. Things started blowing up. Explosions. Gutter/Human start dating. Murder. Parents pulling their children both Gutter & Human out of school.
"We probably shouldn't be friends. That'd be dangerous. But, i mean. We can be not-friends."
Now, Vic & her 3 Gutter friends are in a race. A race to save the world from getting into a war. Save Vic. They have it all planed out. Until, Sara did it again. CLIFFHANGER hit again!!
"I trust no one," Shadus snarls. "Least of all her. I merely wanted to expose her to the truth of our culture. That's what this school is for, isn't it?"
I feel like Sara likes doing this to me!! I'm going to start preparing myself from now on. I can not wait for the next book. Sara did such a excellent job with this one. It's by far her best yet. I loved the whole alien part. Sara went into detail with explaining their world, the language & their beliefs. She really put a lot into the aliens. It was nice to see how the races went from one way in the beginning. And, to watch them evolve was awesome to see!
Every character brought something to the table. Especially how some appeared to be strong on the outside. Yet, on the inside wanted acceptance. Some wanted to truly believe one thing. But, when faced with things. They didn't know what to believe. It was a fantastic read! Thanks again Sara.
"Rules will be broken, yes. We'll have to break many, many rules to prevent the humans from killing us, and the sotho from killing the humans."
My eyes slide over – Shadus is standing right next to me, leaning on the bookshelf. I close my eyes and sigh.
“Don’t be. It’s me. Something’s wrong with me. I don’t know how to react like a normal person. Jeers, whispers, sneers, those are fine. I ignore them, punch something to make them hurt less. Compliments? I don’t know what to do with those.”
“You’re different. That’s not necessarily bad,” He offers. His long fingers skim over a row of books and he picks one out, flipping through the pages. “More literature in which the protagonist kisses his interest. Is it all your human writers are interested in? It hardly seems worthy enough to devote entire books to.”
“It’s not so bad,” I defend. “Kissing.”
“You speak from experience?” He asks.
“Second grade during the school play. Arnold Grady. We were backstage, behind the curtain. I thought it was a good time to go for it.”
“It was enjoyable, then?”
“Too wet.” I laugh, the memory burning like an old tattoo of embarrassment. “He was shorter than me - all the boys were. They’ve only started catching up this year, really.”
I raise an eyebrow. “What? Of the short boys?”
“Of your kiss. You speak of it fondly. Even if it was lacking technique, you still remember it. It must have been an important experience. I assume I will never know that sort of feeling - ”
I step into him. He jolts back, hitting the bookshelf. It shakes, and settles. I point up at him.
“Be thankful. You guys have the ceremony of flame. You don’t waste time with petty shit and he-likes-her-she-likes-him crap. Your future is arranged by your family. But us? Humans? We fish around blindly in a pool of seven billion people, hoping one of them isn’t too crazy or too incompatible with us, and we get so desperate that when we find someone we can stand for two minutes we decide to marry them for life, when in reality they’re all wrong for us. But we keep pretending they’re right, until we can’t anymore, and then we divorce them or break up and we get up and try again, and again, and it chips away at our tiny human hearts.”
He stares at me intently, as if I’m lecturing him and he’s trying his hardest to learn something from it. I snort.
“You’re lucky, Creeps. All you Gutters are lucky.”
“What you call ‘lucky’, I call ‘boring’,” Shadus says. “The human way of things may be more painful, but it sounds much more fun.”
I stride up to him, get in his face. His chest is rising and falling, his fists balled up. His ruby eyes stare down at me.
“Don’t do it,” He murmurs.
“Do what?” I singsong.
He struggles with something inside himself, a pained look coming over his expression.
I press my head into the cradle where his neck meets his shoulder.
Eighteen-year-old Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, forty-three weeks, and two days. Or so she thinks.
The boy she maybe-sort-of-definitely loved has dropped off the face of the planet after his girlfriend's death, leaving a Jack-shaped hole. Determined to be happy, Isis fills it in with lies and puts on a brave smile for her new life at Ohio State University.
But how long can that smile last with all of her friends gone?
How long can it last with the guilt of Sophia's death crushing her?
And how long can it really last when Will Cavanaugh attends the same school, taunting her?
Isis is good at pretending everything is okay. But not that good. The cracks begin to show.
Isis Blake is good at putting herself back together.
But Jack Hunter is better.
**This book contains language and sexual scenes, some of which may be unsuitable for younger readers.
**This is the third and final book in the LOVELY VICIOUS series.