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Rippler (Ripple Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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|Age Level: 12 - 18|
|Grade Level: 6 - 12|
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Sam runs cross country and on a team bonding trip almost reveals her secret. She can disappear. The only one who seems to figure it out is Will, a fellow runner. It turns out that Will knows a lot. He explains Sam is what he calls a Rippler. There are all these scientific experiments being carried out for as long as since World War II.
Sam’s life is now in possible danger. Secrets are being revealed as she learns why she ripples and how to control it. Will and his sister seem to be right in the middle of everything and try to help Sam as she learns the truth.
This book was an interesting one. The rippling was a unique idea. Reading as Sam and Will explored these abilities was fascinating. Plus I truly liked them together. Their budding relationship was cute.
However the experiments were disturbing. I hated reading what was done and how. It was sad. The author created believable scenarios which makes the story have a darker edge.
There is a hint of torture and a good idea of how bad the people are who are involved. You feel for Sam and Will. Things get serious fast. It was a pretty good read. You aren’t quite sure who is behind everything. I definitely want to see what happens next. I give it a 4 out of 5.
Sam is a typical teen with an interesting ability. I did like Swanson's ability to blend these two pieces in a way that was believable and made Sam into a very real person. She has to deal with the typical teen problems with friends, parents and relationships. But she also has to deal with her ability to turn invisible, or ripple. She learns more about her ability and starts to work on controlling it as she goes along. I did enjoy that aspect of the book.
However, I felt like the romance side fell a little flat and usually I wouldn't have a huge problem with this, but within the book it seemed that Swanson was trying to make something happen that just wouldn't happen. I didn’t understand Sam's love for Will and where it came from. I didn't swoon and I don't really have an opinion of Will either way.
I was also a little put off by the Nazi tie-in. I'm not sure why, but I do feel like it wasn't necessary. I was fine with the idea of secret tests being done sometime in the past, but for some reason, the idea that the experiments the Nazis conducted during World War Two were tied to the rippling ability kind of squicked me a little bit.
All in all, I'm not very invested in this series. Maybe if I get bored with my usual books and feel like finding out the rest of this story, I'll pick up the next books, but I was a little disappointed by this first book and don't really have the desire to find out what happens next.
Samantha is your typical 15 year old girl, right? Except that she's not your typical 15 year old girl at all. Sam, to her friends, has faced tragedy in her young life. Losing her mother and best friend in a hit and run by a drunk driver mars what should be joyful childhood years. Now Sam is finally starting to regain her happiness. One of her childhood friends has returned and she has the serious beginnings of a crush on her cross country teammate Will.
Just as things are starting to look up, something happens on the team building rafting trip. Sam just vanishes, and Will knows something is going on. After helping her cover up for her disappearance, Will becomes her confidante as Sam tries to figure out just what happens when she "ripples".
Conspiracy theories and a dark history reaching all the way from Nazi Germany threaten the lives of Sam, Will, and his sister Mickie. Can they discover who is after them in time to stop their nefarious plot? Or will they be victims of another accident?
This is my second read of this book. It was fun to go back and re-experience Sam and the gang and see the rippler life reborn. The reason for the reread was to listen to the new Audible version. I did enjoy the narration of Sarah Mollo-Christensen. Now as good as she was, Ms. Mollo-Christensen, I found her voice too low in comparison with my inner voice. Only the fake male voices were right. So my guess is that if this was your first time reading this book the narrator's voices will be the correct ones. By the way, the hardest voices for me to hear were Sam's friend, Gwyn Li and her mother. They just were too low and too -- boring. They should sound a lot more energetic. But even so, I am giving this audio version five stars. That is because I am assuming a first time listener wouldn't have so many preconceived ideas.
Thank you, Cidney Swanson for letting me enjoy this version at a discount. I love your work!
From previous read:
From the moment I started reading this book I was hooked. It starts in the middle of the action, a new talent and a new fear. Who wouldn't want to be invisible? But when there are people out to kill you or trap you for your genes, is anywhere safe?
There were a few things that made me unsuspend disbelieve when the main character's running mate turns out to be a fellow rippler. What are the chances of that? But the story keeps going, and I was brought in running for my life with the characters.
This is a YA and as such there is a bit of the angst of teens, but not as much as other YA's contain. And there is a tiny bit of romance but gentle and not quite as quite as squishy as the average YA. Instead it keeps you going wondering what was going to happen.
I was happy that there wasn't a cliffhanger. But the reason I didn't write this review when finished was I found that the trilogy was on sale for $.99 so then I started reading book two. Oops. I am enjoying it, too. :-)
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