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- Publisher: Williams Press; 2 edition (December 8, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 8, 2013
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- Language: English
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The Ripple Trilogy: Books 1-3 of The Ripple Series Kindle Edition
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First of all I really enjoyed this set of books; a lot. For me it took off right at the beginning and then just kept me running at a steady pace all the way through. The writing is superb, well crafted characters with an exciting though measured even pace that kept me right there with Samantha and Will.
This seems to target young adults, but I didn't let that sway me. In fact I was doing my usual cleanup of my kindle app on my PC when I recalled I hadn't downloaded this one and so I did and usually to do that the book gets opened so my eyes started scanning the page and I was hooked.
Apparently from the reviews there are some few rare people who seem to escape that hook, but I can't for the life of me see how.
In the Rippler we start with Sam our on the river rafting with her friends when the unthinkable happens. Sam has this problem where she just sort of vanishes like the invisible girl in fantastic four comics. She's been hiding it and she'd had some unusual trauma, the death of her best friend and her mother in an accident so she's been withdrawn up until now, which means that this vanishing trick is not going to help her much. Everyone except for Will has missed her vanishing act and they all somehow think she fell out of the raft so they all have a moment of panic.
With everyone running around Will talks to the invisible Sam trying to get her to make herself visible again while no one is watching. Of course it's puzzling to Sam how Will knows this and how he seems to be so calm about it. Will and Sam are already friends and this is going to bring them closer or tear them apart, but it is definitely going to have some impact.
We soon find out that Will has secrets of his own and that both of them are going to be in a lot of danger. They have special abilities that people are going to want to take advantage of.
One small comment about this story.Neo Nazi plots, characters with special abilities, siblings or parents who have passed away often under mysterious circumstances, and evil people who want to kill or control the special ability group. The themes and subplots are all familiar ones to this genre although Cidney Swanson has added a few ripples of her own to make it unique. But always with these types of stories what becomes the most important is the writing style and the crafting of characters. In those two I was extremely impressed.
The dynamic between the group around Sam and Will drive the story and the plot is driven by revelation of the evil through old journal entries present often through the eyes of the followers of the master mind of all the evil.
The Cameleon continues the story with further explanation of what is really happening and the danger that it poses to not only our main protagonists, but also to everyone they care about.
Will and Sam struggle with the best way to use their abilities to stay out of trouble and with the struggle of the growing relationship between them.
Finally Unfurl brings things all to an exciting dramatic conclusion that you will just have to read once you read the first two. At least that's how it was for me. And it doesn't disappoint. Each book builds on the previous and each one is better than the last.
Young Adults and even Adults who like the SFF should enjoy this and anyone that likes all those comic characters with their special power and angst should enjoy this. (Except they'll have to draw their own cartoon panels. And that seems to be one complaint of a fellow reader about these types of books.)
I loved it and I'll likely be reading a lot more of Cidney Swanson's work.
Book 1: Fabulous, a breath of fresh air compared to other books that included teenage angst and romance. When Will seems to tell Sam that he doesn't want to date, just be friends, rather than falling into a pit of despair and hating his guts she respects his decision and values their friendship above all else. She experiences feelings of weakness and vulnerability that are completely natural, but she doesn't roll around in them and stay stuck. She picks herself up, brushes herself off, and keeps on going. Sam is a tough chick and enjoyable to watch grow. The rules of rippling are also great -- unique and interesting, but not so complicated the story gets bogged down in details. There is a lot of mystery too that pulled me forward, and the revelations were far from predictable.
Book 2: A lot of the same great stuff from Book 1, but not as much rippling action as I would have liked. A large chunk of this takes place in France, and great new characters are introduced. Turns Will has feelings for Sam after all in the end and they form a relationship, but Sam has to return to the states and Will stays in France with his sister.
Book 3: We now get chapters in Will's point of view, so the story is told from two POV's -- Will in France, Sam in the states, both battling Geneses with each their own French rippling mentors. There has been a lot of thought-provoking and poignant scenes up to now, but I feel like here they really stand out and add a lot of depth. Unfortunately there's a hint of a love triangle going on which I didn't like, but it's presented in an interesting way -- Will fears that Sam is attracted to her French mentor. Sam, however, sees her mentor as only a brother-like figure. Will's jealousy and insecurity was a bit of a drawback, and sometimes Will's and Sam's thoughts about missing each other kind of came across as corny. But over all, still great.
This series is exciting and holds a lot of promise. No sex scenes and clean language, but there is a lot of violence. Definitely recommend it for those who like action, fantasy, mystery, and only a seasoning of romance that doesn't overpower the story line.
In the last book, the narrative splits into alternating between the two main characters and boy are they annoying! They both are tearful & whiney which is boring and annoying. Then something major happens that is completely stupid. Without being too much of a spoiler, they have something VERY important taken from them & they fail to go get it right away even though they know where it is. This part is just so illogical and ridiculous that I could barely continue to read that story at all. It's a shame that the third book had to be so horrible because I thought this little series had some potential.