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- Print Length: 292 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Elly Books (January 11, 2016)
- Publication Date: January 11, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01AHXC778
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,757 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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I downloaded this during a freebie promo. As some mindless entertainment for a few hours-- perfectly acceptable Paranormal kid-with-powers-pursued-by-gov't kind of story. As an American, the British locale gave it an extra hint of interest for me.
Although everyone's use of "what the skank" and "where's the skanking (insert noun)" became a little too noticeable after a while.
Michael wakes up with amnesia, lives on the streets, and then meets two youngsters, Jennifer and Otis, who are squatting in an apartment and give him shelter-- but are Perceivers. In the last few years, the number of teenagers who are Perceivers, and can feel emotions, basic thoughts, have grown.
And here's the basic issue I had with suspension of disbelief. Although maybe I'm naive and optimistic. The way adults and society instantly rejected the teens, kicked them out, forcefully "cured" them, etc. seemed a little too harsh. Although, now as I'm writing this, I suppose if you swapped "perceiver" for "gay" it's not too hard to believe....
Somehow Michael, Jennifer, and Otis have to stay ahead of powerful gov't factions after them, investigate the mystery of the "cure" clinics suddenly sprouting up and leaving former Perceivers shadows of themselves, and find out who Michael really is.
There's a bit of one-sided attraction on Michael's part over Jennifer, but it's not really a factor in the story.
The other suspension of disbelief I had issues with were the character of Otis (has the ability to like produce anything they need, contacts to conduct serum analysis, is a Perceiver but attacks Michael even when he can Perceive Michael's telling the truth) and Michael's father (quite passive despite being a high powered business man with a scheming agenda of his own, seems content to allow his son to be used and flip flops on the single most important decision of Michael's life).
I'm all about the characters. So for me, this is where the story lost half a star, I never quite connected with them. For people who enjoy plot more, this novel probably would be 4 star.
Michael is a likable character who has amnesia. Determined to figure out if he's a preceiver he joins two other teenagers in figuring out how this happened and why. The stakes are high, and the story does have a happy ending.
If you like lots of action, and kids with abilities, you'll definitely like reading this book.
Mind control by a few over the many has often been attempted, especially when the goal is to improve soldiers to win the next war. But what if the few are part of that scary group known as teenagers. Out of control with developing bodies and changing brains? Then the use of fear to enforce control of or elimination of the misunderstood mental abilities of some kids becomes essential.
The resulting mayhem is worse than civil war destroying family relations. It is so far beyond that it may mean the destruction of the human race as we know it, regardless of who wins the war. Promoting hysteria to identify those with abilities beyond normal that are not easy identifiable will increase the fear factor for most people, but will also force the leaders to develop their own group of special people to provide defense against the others. The future of democracy depends on the decisions of the most fearful leaders concerning the inevitable spread of the special abilities linked to the presence of a specific gene thru future generations. But Michael just wants his memories back.
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