Bomb by Sarah Mussi

I’m Genesis Wainwright. bombI’m a sixth-form student. I come from Somerset. My mum is the best mum in the world. I play the guitar (badly). My best friend is Holly. I’m searching for answers to the Meaning of Life. I believe in True Love. AND I’M IN LOVE WITH NAZ. I want to be a performance poet. And I’m crazy about motorbikes.
I can remember everything.
Except last night.

When Genesis goes on a blind internet date, she just wants to get over her ex-boyfriend Naz. She just wants someone to like her again. But when Genesis wakes up the morning after the date, she can’t remember a thing. She doesn’t know where she is, or how she got there. And she can hardly move because she is strapped into some kind of body armour …

Before she has time to figure it out, she receives an order through an earpiece stuck in her ear. And then a voice sounds in her head: ‘You have been chosen for an assignment … The vest you’re wearing is packed with high explosives. And with one mobile call we can detonate it.’

To her horror Genesis has become an agent of mass destruction, a walking weapon in the hands of a terrorist cell.

The countdown to detonation has begun: Genesis must re-examine everyone and everything she loves and make terrifying choices … in the face of certain death.


Amelie – Year 9 – Roedean School

22nd November 2016 at 1:27 pm

This book is very different to what I usually read, but I did enjoy it and could scarcely put it down. It was so action packed I was dying to know what happened to Genesis next! I loved the fact that this story both balanced the reality of Genesis’ life, her background links and story, as well as the horrifying action packed journey she takes whilst wearing the bomb. It was terrifying real, the whole plotline was believable and the author did an amazing job at creating and conveying tension at appropriate times during the novel.

Furthermore, this book is written at a time when terrorism is ever-present in our daily lives so that was quite interesting to me. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, it fascinated and gripped me, however I am dying to know what happens past the cliff-hanger at the end! Rate:9/10

Maia – Year 9 – Roedean School

22nd November 2016 at 1:27 pm

Bomb is an overall intense read, with a lead character who is both believable and loveable. Genesis wakes up with an explosive vest strapped to her, an earpiece superglued into her ear, and no option but to listen to the familiar voice giving her instructions. This book is a page turner that keeps you on the edge of your seat and is written in a way that you can really become one of the characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would love it if there were to be more.

Tabitha – Year 9 – Roedean School

22nd November 2016 at 1:27 pm

Bomb is an amazing action packed story about a girl named Genesis who wakes up in a random place strapped to a bomb. At first, she does not understand what is happening until an evil voice talks to her through an earpiece superglued into her ear. Bomb is about her journey to save not only her own life but the innocent lives in busy London and the people she loves most. This story is an absolute page-turner and there is never a dull moment. I thoroughly recommend this book!
Rating: 9/10

Islay – Year 9 – Roedean School

22nd November 2016 at 1:27 pm

This is a timely book that talks about terrorism and how that can affect someone especially if they are forced unwillingly to commit a crime. It’s about a girl called Genesis who wakes up in a basement strapped to a suicide vest with an earpiece through which a voice gives her instructions on where to go and tells her that she will be released if she does as she is told. If she doesn’t, they will detonate the bomb. As it turns out, they have no intention of letting her go. I like this book but feel like it is a bit under descriptive at points and I don’t feel the end was as good as the rest.

Sam – Year 9 – Ratton School

22nd November 2016 at 1:27 pm

“Bomb” is a heart wrenching novel about a heartbroken girl who goes on a blind date to please her friend. One thing leads to another and she ends up passed out to a suicide bomb vest. As she tries to remove herself from the situation she found herself in, leaving a trail of destruction in her wake. It is wonderfully twisted, if you can make it through the “chick-flic”-esque opening. Once you get into the novel, it is gripping with a smart character who pieces things together as she goes.

I recommend this to people who like chick-flic/action books; it’s a marvelous read. I rate this book 4 stars out of 5.

Leah – Year 9 – Ratton School

22nd November 2016 at 1:27 pm

Bomb is by Sarah Mussi and is about a girl who goes on a blind date only to discover that by the morning she is strapped to a suicide vest and being commanded to travel with no destination. On top of this she is sharing her adventure with her ex, making it a little awkward! I liked this book because it is constancy on the edge, but when you are left without an end it is infuriating. I would recommend this book to teens over 12 because the idea of being in Genesis’ position is frightening. I would give this book 8/10.

Katie – Year 9 – Brighton & Hove High School

22nd November 2016 at 1:26 pm

While I was excited to read this book based on the plot, it didn’t hook me as much as I initially thought it would. The plot was gripping, the characters were brilliant, there was lots of drama and tension and it had some lovely emotional scenes, but despite all this the book as a whole just didn’t work for me.

I think this is because the style of writing was too easygoing and chatty for me. I’m sure it would have worked in some scenarios, but I feel like a more serious tone would’ve been more effective considering Genesis was strapped to a bomb. It might have even worked out better in third person.

Besides that, it was a very well written book. There was a perfect balance of plot versus character development and I loved how open the ending was, but I just didn’t like the way the story was told.

Indya-Jayne – Year 9 – Ratton School

22nd November 2016 at 1:26 pm

Bomb was a book about a young teen named Genesis Wainwright who wakes up one morning strapped to a bomb vest as a part of the terrorist cell “The Brightness”. The story is set over a day as she travels across London to Exeter and Bristol with her ex-boyfriend Dave and best friend Hannah.

Throughout the book there are several short poems written by Genesis as she tries to find the meaning of life. I found the overall story to not be as exciting as I hoped but I found the portrayal of life in the story very thought-provoking; throughout the book we are seeing how Genesis views life as an object that needs to be labelled and boxed as an object- as an object that slowly fades away from us all.

I would recommend this book to people who like to think about different ways that life can affect us and people trying to “find the perfect metaphor for life”. I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.

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