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Wild Child, Book 1: A Teenage Sci-Fi Conspiracy Thriller Kindle Edition
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Here’s that time again when I post a review for a book I didn’t enjoy. As a side note, I devoured most of Mike Wells’ thrillers I read and he is definitely one of my favourite writers, but sometimes I happen to come across a book that isn’t my cup of tea or it doesn’t feel specific to the author’s style. So, as awkward as it may seem, I have to underline how I feel about the story, hoping that the devoted fans of the book will respect my opinion because we all come from different cultures and see the world through our unique perspective.
Wild Child is the first instalment in Mr Mike Wells’ eponymous trilogy and it’s A Teenage Sci-Fi Conspiracy Thriller, which made me curious to pick it up, taking in consideration the fact that the author usually writes series for an adult audience. In short, Kyle Dunlap and Briana Fox are two teenage friends who go for a swim in Lake Carlton, but Briana has a terrible boating accident and you would expect her to die. . However, she survives due to a mysterious green substance she finds at the bottom of the lake. After this drug-like healing water is tested, two government officials question Kyle about the location of this strange water that heals wounds and fortifies the body. Will Kyle give in and reveal the location of the mysterious pool of green water? And what will happen to Briana who can’t get enough of that strange substance?
Though the premise was interesting – the strange healing water that also acts like a drug – I didn’t feel invested into the story because the plot was a bit thin and the characters were underdeveloped. Briana is bossy, overly stubborn and rushes headlong into danger. I found her very annoying in the first chapters, but her wild nature calms down a bit when the effects of the magic water fade away. On the other hand, Kyle is quiet, cautious and more sensible than Briana, even though he acts a bit too boldly in front of the two government officials. And speaking of those two CIA agents, I think that this part of the story is a little far-fetched due to the lack of depth of the plot. Okay, I understand that this book is part of a trilogy, but besides a few suspenseful moments, which are characteristic of Mr Wells’ writing style, the story fell flat. The writing was okay and the descriptions of the lake and caves were interesting, but it didn’t do much for me. Though the book is around 100 pages, I got bored while reading it and I pushed through just to see if it gets better. The suspenseful moments and an ingenious twist saved the book from hitting the bottom of the rating scale.
In the end, those were the thoughts I wanted to share with you about Wild Child. I don’t know if I should recommend it or not because I didn’t enjoy it that much; but if you are still curious, you can check it out. Personally, I think that I will stick with the author’s adult series because they are more my thing.
It is interesting enough for a adult to read, and easy-to-read enough for younger readers as well. If you are wanting to get your kid interested in reading something fun, and something that will take them on a trip to somewhere only their imagination can create, let them read Wild Child.I really think that they will enjoy it.
The author has a wonderfully addictive style and pace and I'm really looking forward to more adventures with Brie and Kyle as the series continues (actually, I've already bought and started reading Wild Child, Book 2).
Thank you Mr. Wells for your aggressive promotional efforts. You are a new favorite and I am looking forward to reading all of your work.
In Short: This book made for a shocking read! The story is really creative and thrilling with an amazing ending. You will find yourself on the edge of your seat as you eagerly devour this book in one sitting.
Pros: The character development in this book is incredible. Even though it's short the characters are created so expertly that you really care about them and what happens to them. The story is fast paced and loaded with action. The book is well written and flows smoothly. I really could not predict how everything was going to go down. It is really important to me that books have a good ending and this book goes above and beyond in that sense. I will be thinking about this awesome story for a long time.
Cons: There is nothing wrong with this book. All I can say is: I want more!
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