White Cat by Holly Black
Cassel is the only non-worker in a family of workers. Unlike the rest of his family, his hands do not hold the power to “curse” other people. In a world where cursework is illegal, and touching other people with your bare hands is considered taboo, Cassel should be relieved.
Something is happening with his family. While he doesn’t know exactly what is going on, he has a feeling that he has a part in the drama about to unfold, beyond being involved in the murder of his best friend three years prior. The dreams he has of a white cat – and the real white cat that has suddenly appeared in his life – both have set Cassel on edge. Has his family worked him? What is really happening?
Once the tale really gets going, there is quite a bit of action, which kept me reading.
Cassel thinks he can’t have real friends…but finds out he is far from wrong.
The book is the first in Holly Black’s new series: The Curse Workers. With the way the story ends, this isn’t surprising. While I wasn’t in love with the story, I will probably pick up the next book when it is published.