Well. The internet beat me (and my publisher) to the punch. Again. These things happen. Repeatedly, apparently. So there’s no reason not to show you the (super spoilery) Before I Wake plot synopsis now:
[MAJOR SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t read If I Die, please do not read the blurb below. Reading spoilers out of context is NOT the same as reading the book itself, and you truly can’t tell whether or not you’re going to like a book just by reading spoilers.]
I died on a Thursday—killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul.
The good news? He didn’t get it.
The bad news?
Turns out not even death will get you out of high school…
Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much
harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent
“recovering,” she’s back in school, fighting to stay visible to the
human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning
time alone with her new reaper boyfriend.
But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim
stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face
with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal
status won’t keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn’t just gambling
with her own life….
On a personal note, let me say that Before I Wake is a book about consequences. There are lots of consequences in the Soul Screamers world, and they’re all permanent. Sometimes you may think that Kaylee’s catching a break, like what happened at the end of If I Die, but in the Netherworld, no good deed goes unpunished. Afterlives must be earned. Kaylee and her friends and family have been inevitably, irrevocably changed by what happened in If I Die.
If you haven’t already figured it out, My Soul To Take’s theme was vanity. My Soul To Save was greed, My Soul To Keep was gluttony (addiction), My Soul To Steal was envy, and If I Die was lust.
Before I Wake is the sloth-themed book. I’ve interpreted sloth as depression, but the book is really about fighting depression—almost literally in Kaylee’s case. It’s a book about change. About learning to live in your new reality. About accepting what you’ve lost and embracing what you’ve gained. Aside from that, the book is also kiss-heavy, and the most action- and trauma-filled Soul Screamers book to date.
If you’re familiar with (at least one interpretation of) the seven deadly sins, you’ll know what that leaves for the seventh and final book, and after you’ve read Before I Wake, you’ll understand why I left rage for last.
Oh, and one more thing. At least one major character will die in Before I Wake.
Make of that what you will… 😉