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JM Pierce has written an engaging story told by two voices, by Test and by Nicole. Both characters are well fleshed. Test's frustrations and angst left me rooting for him. I felt Nicole's pain as she tried to decide whether to lead a fugitive's life with Test or give him up. The story is far from over and I look forward to the sequel.... Get writing, JM!
After Test started realizing he had certain powers that came to the fore front when he was emotionally upset, he just kept experimenting, sadly while he was besieged by police, FBI, and the National Guard. In rescuing his friends from confinement and a violent tornado.
There really was not too much time to catch your breath till another catastrophe struck.
I enjoyed it. I thought it could have been a story about SUPERMAN!!! YEA!!!!
The biggest problem I had with the book was the reaction of the law enforcement when they hear about Test's powers. For instance, he accidentally reveals his powers to a bunch of his classmates when he defends his girlfriend from some of her old friends, who weren't happy about her leaving their clique to date Test. He smashes up a car, and levitates two jocks, then melts a fiery log into a puddle of goo. He runs off, and naturally, the classmates call the police to report the attack.
Here's my problem - a bunch of incredibly drunk teenagers call the police and report that one of their classmates has magical superpowers that he used to attack them...and the police don't think twice about it. Their reaction isn't to laugh at how ridiculous the story is. They don't stop to question the source at all. The very next day, the front page declares Test a national threat who definitely has magical powers. And when the police see Test for the first time, they open fire on him immediately, without even waiting for him to prove if he has the alleged powers or not. So drunken teenagers are a completely credible source in this world. I'd hate to deal with their legal system.
And that's another thing. Why did Test keep using his powers against the police? If he had never used them to attack the police, he could have just looked at the police and said, "Really? A bunch of drunk kids told you I had superpowers?" He laments that if he'd taken a bat to the kid's car instead of mind-crushing it, he wouldn't be in trouble. Then why not tell the police that that was what happened, then?Read more ›
While there are many vampire novels to choose from, Failing Test stands on its own merits as a coming-of-age story mixed with a wonderful what-if scenario, proving that while Test is in some ways super human, he is also just as vulnerable as the rest of us, and pain is pain, even to someone who can easily throw cars and pulse his way around the world. I would love to see this character five years down the road when he has finally come to terms with who he is. Something tells me his world will be better for having him in it.
summary: test isnt normal, he has powers, dangerous powers, and a dangerous temper. he'll need his friends to help keep him in check, and help him out of trouble.
review: amazing, i absolutely love it. there's some editing kind of problems. words may disapear just flip the page back and forth they'll show up. some spots dont connect and get confusing, but sort out. that's about it for problems, though one character i find very annoying, nicole, she starts off as a popular girl and pretty much treats test like a yoyo. othersiwe it's pretty great some words and reactions are a bit awkward, but it hardly matters with the wonder of the story. i've been devouring this series taking about a day or less really for at least one of the books. it's set to sit at the top of my fav list. i even got the novellete that follows cliffs life, i read a clip of it and loved it. so in short: i love it! i got the first ebook free i encourage you to try and catch this fantastic read ^.^
rating: 4.9 (docking a little for editorial problems you know to be fair)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed a beach reading while scores of teens walked. Always wanted to test the powers that Test possess. Would I pass as well?Published 1 month ago by T Heileman
Failing Test is like a thrill ride that is over before you are ready to get exit the ride. I was drawn in from the start and still wanting more at the dramatic ending. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Fantasybkgirl
I was reading a series of books but had to take a break from it to read this book. It fired my imagination and I have quickly read this book and purchased the next one! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ken Wiseman
Great book in general. Characters are developed well, and great story line. Really great series - I highly recommend reading this!Published 18 months ago by Melissa Cornell
It's okay... The story did not lead me to finish the series.Published 23 months ago by Julia Alexander
I found the book interesting and intertaining, all in all I would recomend reading it.Published 24 months ago by Richard
I'm not very fond of this genre of stories, however I have found myself not able to put it down for too long of a time before picking it up again. Anxious to start book 2.Published on July 27, 2014 by MSanator