Title: The Madness Underneath
Author: Maureen Johnson
Genre: Paranormal YA
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
After her near-fatal run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Devereaux has been living in Bristol under the close watch of her parents. So when her therapist suddenly suggests she return to Wexford, Rory jumps at the chance to get back to her friends. But Rory’s brush with the Ripper touched her more than she thought possible: she’s become a human terminus, with the power to eliminate ghosts on contact. She soon finds out that the Shades—the city’s secret ghost-fighting police—are responsible for her return. The Ripper may be gone, but now there is a string of new inexplicable deaths threatening London. Rory has evidence that the deaths are no coincidence. Something much more sinister is going on, and now she must convince the squad to listen to her before it’s too late.
My (Really) Quick Thoughts:
I really liked The Name of the Star. A lot. But as much as I liked it, I didn’t think it needed a sequel. That said, given the chance to go back to Rory’s story, I read The Madness Underneath anyway because sometimes I am proven wrong. And it was an enjoyable experience because it is Maureen Johnson and her books are always enjoyable. But my mind wasn’t changed about the necessity of a sequel.
Are you sick of the series-ization of everything YA these days?