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Author: Pintip Dunn
Genre: YA Thriller with Fantasy elements
About Malice:What I know: a boy at my school will one day wipe out two-thirds of the population with a virus.
What I don’t know: who he is.
In a race against the clock, I not only have to figure out his identity, but I'll have to outwit a voice from the future telling me to kill him. Because I'm starting to realize no one is telling the truth. But how can I play chess with someone who already knows the outcome of my every move? Someone so filled with malice she’s lost all hope in humanity? Well, I'll just have to find a way―because now she’s drawn a target on the only boy I've ever loved...
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What Kirkus Review is saying about Malice:
"Well-drawn characters and playful twists keep this thriller fully charged."
“You want me to go into a remote forest with you?” I repeat numbly.
“I’m not luring you into the woods to get revenge, if that’s what you’re worried about.” He nudges me, the dimple winking in his cheek. “You can trust me.”
“Do you trust me?” I counter. It’s a legitimate question. I mean, I don’t even know if I can trust me, since all I’ve done is poison the guy and lie to him.
He looks at me for so long that I want to scrape the question out of the air. “Yes,” he finally says.
“Why?” I whisper.
He crawls to where I’m sitting and leans back against the wall. Our shoulders touch. My skin sizzles like water dropped in a hot pan, but I don’t move away and neither does he.
“I trust you because I noticed you long before you ever approached me on that basketball court,” he says quietly. “Because you bring two lunches to school every day, one for you and one for your brother. Because when I talk to you, sometimes you forget to blink. And so help me, that makes me feel like the most important person on the planet.”
He turns his head so that he’s looking right into my eyes. “But even if none of that was true, I would still trust you. Do you want to know why?”
“Yes.” The word is a puff of air that barely leaves my mouth.
“Because we had Visual Studies class together last year. And Mrs. Bryce hung up your photo on the bulletin board the second week of class. You’d captured the image of a five-year-old boy pushing his grandmother in a wheelchair. The little boy was Asian, just like me. And the grandmother’s hair was dyed ruthlessly black, just like Khun Yai’s. They were smiling like the sun rose and set with each other.”
He drops his gaze to his fingers. “Khun Yai passed away around that same time. I felt like the oxygen had been sucked out of my lungs. But I walked past your photo every day, and for that one moment, I was able to breathe a little bit easier. Because of it.” He raises his eyes. “Because of you.”
He lifts his hand, and it hovers in the air, as though he’s not sure where to put it. And then he cups my cheek, holding it as though it were Lalana’s blown-glass butterfly. “Thank you, Alice. Thank you for helping me breathe when I needed it most.”
About Pintip Dunn:
Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B., and received her J.D. at Yale Law School.
Pintip’s novel FORGET TOMORROW won the 2016 RWA RITA® for Best First Book, and SEIZE TODAY won the 2018 RITA for Best Young Adult Romance. In addition, her books have been translated into four languages, and they have been nominated for the following awards: the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire; the Japanese Sakura Medal; the MASL Truman Award; the Tome Society It list; the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award; and a Kirkus Reviews Best Indie Book of the Year. Her other novels include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, THE DARKEST LIE, GIRL ON THE VERGE, STAR-CROSSED, and MALICE.