I read Berkhout’s debut novel last year and after a missed opportunity of seeing her in person, the publisher was kind enough to send a copy of her latest my way!
The Mosaic by Nina Berkhout
Genre: YA Fiction
Source: cover image and blurb from Goodreads
Twyla Jane Lee has one goal. To finish senior year so she can get out of her military hometown of Halo, Montana. But to graduate, she needs to complete forty hours of community service, and that means helping out a rude and reclusive former Marine named Gabriel Finch.
A young veteran of the conflicts in the Middle East, Gabriel spends his days holed up in a decommissioned nuclear missile silo on his family farm. Twyla assumes he’s just another doomsday prepper, readying his underground shelter for Armageddon. But soon she finds out the truth, and it takes her breath away.
Gradually the two misfits form a bond, and Twyla begins to unearth the secrets that have left the Marine battling ghosts. Her discoveries force her to question her views on the wars until she realizes that even if she gets out of Halo, she won’t ever be able to leave Gabriel Finch’s story behind her.
A beautifully written and thought-provoking novel about a teen facing the collision of love, ideals and uncertainty about her own future.
Berkhout’s adult debut, The Gallery of Lost Species, was one of my favourite reads last year, partly because of how suited to my life it felt (read about it in my review!) so I was interested in where she’d go with the young adult genre.