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Awash in Talent contains three stories that are connected by one or more characters. It provides an insight into a world where telepathy, healing, and pyrokinetic talents are common enough for those with them have to register their abilities. Special schools train the Talented, and not all of them are pleasant experiences for those attending.
I won't spoil the stories themselves, because each of them is a fantastic read on its own, but because of the connections between them they weave a fascinating tapestry.
I backed this book as part of the Kindle Scout program, and am so pleased that I did. I get the feeling there are so many more stories to be told in this setting, and I can't wait to discover them...
Set vividly in Providence, Rhode Island, three linked stories delve into these questions. Ms. Knauss's Talented and non-Talented characters have virtues and flaws. No one is a complete sinner or saint.
Self-centered Emily is hard to like, but the author does an excellent job of conveying the destructive power of obsession and delivers emotional justice. Her sweet sister, Beth, is a great foil as she realizes her gift is the ability to heal, along with telekinesis.
Someone who's felt out of place in high school can identify with Kelly. The fire-starter copes with prison-like conditions at a boarding school for teenagers like her and is desperate to get Beth to heal her dying mother.
The story of Patricia, the isolated, unregistered psychic, is the most poignant. She conceals her Talent from the world - even her own husband - to retain a sense of normalcy while seeking a way to escape a marriage that was a mistake and treat Emily.
I finished this book wondering: is Talent a gift or a curse? Highly recommended.
By the time I read through the second section about young adults who had fire abilities, the story became more connected and was more interesting. The final section brings us back to Emily's story, in addition to Patricia, her therapist. At this point, I was enjoying the story and understood Emily's irrational behavior at the beginning better.
Final conclusion: It's worth a read, although I think the beginning could have been better so as not to turn readers away.
I received a copy of this book through the Kindle Scout program.