I was pleasantly astonished by the first book in this YA Sci-Fi series that also stirred in some thriller and romance to make it extra delightful. It just built and built to a big finish and left me wanting the next book with eagerness. Well, I’ve gotta say that I’m sensing a pattern here after reading this second installment since I’m left on one huge cliff wanting the next installment STAT.
This is more like reading a serial or volumes in the same book so it very much needs to be read in order. In fact, it might not be a good idea to read this review if you’re the type who likes to go in with no expectations. Not that I plan to share spoilers, but series spoilers will be inevitable.
The story opens with the small band of friends: Donna, Spencer and Rebecca left reeling after the final events of the last book. They have more questions than answers about the dark doings going on at the power plant and the super soldier killers that are hiding in plain sight and posing as members of the community. Donna is hit really hard to know her one-time best friend who stopped being her friend in Jr. High, Ryan Applegate, tried to killer her in her own other form and the group he works for did kill another friend. Donna just wants to stay far and away from it all and hope they leave her alone to grieve, to maybe date the normal hot football player at the cross town school and have a regular life with her dad who never stops searching for her lost brother.
But that is not to be when Paul’s iPad sets in motion a new chain of events that he orchestrated from beyond the grave. A virus is uploaded at the holding facility and two other gifted kids like Donna escape, but one gets re-captured and they need her help. She is also more and more convinced that maybe this secret group took her brother and that David never actually ran away. Was David like her and what is she? So many questions even while she attempts to elude Applegate and his minions. And just when she thinks things can’t get more dangerous, Paul’s computer uploads another virus and something that shouldn’t be free escapes.
Like the first book, this one has a slightly different rhythm and writing style, but it just takes a moment to get into sync.
It is told first person from multiple points of view so the reader has a bigger picture of the story than the characters do as individuals. Instead of feeling like things are redundant or that it lessens the tension, this choice of storytelling heightens it.
Everyone suspects everyone else, secrets slowly come out, but trust me, there are plenty more waiting their chance to pop out and put yet another twist to the story. Some things come out and are revealed in this installment. It just added to the excitement. Donna really seems to be the center of this maelstrom and she’s floundering because nothing is really what it seems. Ryan, Randy and even mean girl Lynn all have sympathetic perspectives. Truthfully, the only one I really can’t stand and finger for a villain is Mr.Applegate and I’m not even entirely sure what he’s up to. Okay and maybe those shadow agents of the Government that harass the gifted types like Donna.
YA warnings are no sex, mild language and moderate violence so probably alright for mid-older teens.
So, this ends right when something awful happens and I can’t wait to snatch up book three. I recommend this one to those who enjoy thriller government cover up stuff with X-Men like superhumans hidden amongst the regular people.
My thanks to Barclay Publicity for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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