The night Russ Becker witnesses a strange astronomical event, his world changes forever. Before long Russ discovers he's developed incredible superpowers, and he's not the only one. Three other young people - beautiful Mallory, arrogant Jameson, and mysterious Nadia - have had the same experience and all of them now have powers of their own. Mallory can control peoples' minds, Jameson moves objects with his thoughts, and Nadia has empathic abilities.
At first the four relish their newfound gifts, but things become serious when they learn they are being hunted by an organization that wants them for its own nefarious purposes. When Russ's family is threatened, he's forced into action. What transpires will change all of them in ways they never imagined.
©2012 Karen McQuestion (P)2015 Karen McQuestion
I really enjoyed it. Our Young Adult characters develop powers from some kind of mysterious Lights in the Sky, a bad agency wants them, secrets are probed, some elements of romance - not too much though and another agency emerges which may or may not want to help them.
I don't like to offer comparisons as you might not like the book to which I compare this one, and this is a good book. The characters feel their ages (15) and we have some really good characters and some very nice storytelling.
I enjoyed how the author started the book and introduced how something that we would probably all like to happen to us happens on a limited basis in terms of location and number of people. This great start then sets the pace and it set my expectation for this very good book.
I actually think the whole book drew me in and made me want more!
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"A lovely YA book"
This was a book I certainly would have flipped over when I was still in school. It is well balanced and flows forward without needing to force it. There was some cheese jokes in there, which I thought were kind of funny but are not for everyone.
I felt like the narrator was perfect for this book. Did an excellent job on distinguishing characters and bringing the book to life.
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It was an okay listen. To be honest. The narrator's voice kind of got on my nerves a little. And the book itself was just a little too cheesy, at least in my opinion. Not the whole book was like that, but a good portion. Wouldn't necessarily recommend it.
Russ has been suffering with insomnia for a while now and the only thing that seems to help is a late night walk. During one of these walks, he witnesses a strange phenomena, lights spiraling down from the sky. Initially he thinks, meteor shower but when he hears nothing about it the next day, he's a little confused. Why wouldn't anyone else have seen or heard it?? Next thing he knows, he's contacted by a girl in his school and what he finds out changes his life forever.
This is a solid start to what seems to be a fun and energetic series. Karen McQuestion did great job setting the scene and introducing her fantastic characters.
Plot wise, it took a while to get going, but once it did, it was entertaining and fairly fast paced. The idea of the powers happening to the kids and what happens next was intriguing! We are left with a lot of unanswered questions though, which I hope will get answered in future books, like, what exactly are those lights? what do the Associates want? why do only some of them get powers?
Character wise, I liked Russ, he is a typical teen, though I did find it hard to believe that he was such a good teen!! My 2 teens aren't bad, but they aren't as good as him!! Lol. His crush on one of the characters was adorable too, though I did love seeing his friendship blossom with the other character more. Let's hope it's going in the direction I think it's going!!
Anyway, this was an enjoyable listen and I definitely look forward to more in this series. It captured my attention and I'm interested to see what happens with the characters!
Maxwell Glick made for effortless listening!! He did a great job with the characterisations and gave each character their own voice. I had no trouble following who was talking and enjoyed his narration.
*I received a copy of this for review, this in no way affected my thoughts.*
"Slow and steady wins the race"
I have had this one in my wishlist for a while now and finally got around to it. It was good but seemed to lack that something special to make me go WOW can't wait to get more. I found the characters to be interesting at times but like I said I think they lacked that little something to bring me over that hump. This is the type of story that I really do like reading, where it has ordinary people find out they have super natural elements. So, for me the plot and storyline were good. The book was a little slow going at the start but I am glad I stuck with it because it was worth the wait. I am interested to see where the story goes next in the crucial sequel. I think that will be the make or break point for me. The narration was well done. I imagine that narrating a book would be difficult but also interesting. The tone and pacing were on target but my only critic would be that at points I began to lose interest because of the voices of the characters. I was gifted this audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher in exchange for an honest review via Audiobook Blast.
"Sci-Fi meets Super Hero Orgin Story"
the narrator was easy to listen to and the story shined through.
the way Maxwell depicts the relationships in the story makes them very believable,
There were many parts of this story that I could relate to my personal life. This made me laugh and think back to when I was in similar situations or had similar thoughts.
Russ Becker is a great protagonist and I cannot wait for future installments in this series.
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"Nice clean series to get into - despite audio glit"
Has good replay ability, look forward to listening to again.
Jumper, Dragons of Dorcastle (Pillars of Reality series)Basically the plotline for this book I would categorize along the lines of "Kid thought life would go one way but destiny had different ideas..." Essentially pthe plot is about a kid who thought he'd live a normal life until he was involved in the starfall. From there life gets complicated on how to deal with his newfound powers, the responsibility of it, and how he can know who to trust (seemed like a lot was about how to identify the good vs bad guy and likewise when to trust someone). I was looking for some type of destiny driven book so I did like this book where someone was destined for more than they thought they would/should be and how they handle the newfound direction in life as well as the consequences of their decisions.
Haven't listened to his other performances - but in comparison to the other 100+ books I've listened to he didn't do a bad job at all, no complaints (which says a lot with some of the narrators out there who sometimes ruin a perfectly good book).
Yes - frustratingly so since I had lots of responsibilities that I put off to listen to this
I noticed I got really into it with the character, to the point where I was actually kinda carrying a chip on the shoulder while I listened to it because of the continual problems the poor kids had to face and the stupid relationship decisions he was making.So I guess hats off to the author in getting me to slip into the main characters shoes so intensely.
"Yes, I'm buying the next book in the series!"
The main characters may have "super powers," but, the author, Karen McQuestion, does a great job keeping the characters somewhat realistic, considering this is a fantasy book. As soon as I finished listening to the book, I knew I would be listening to the next book in the series. I am happy that the next two books are already available, with a fourth on the way.
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"Very solid and very interesting."
This story started out a little slow but was well worth the wait. I loved the story/plot and would love to listen to the next book. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and this one is a good solid choice - especially for middle/high schoolers.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast. That having been said, I would recommend it for people who like the idea of young adults experiencing difficult situations. Give it a try!
"I loved it! :)"
Taking a late night walk, and ending up with super powers! I am such a sucker for characters with powers of any kind. This book had exactly that, and more than just one. I went into this book thinking there were aliens in the story, and was totally off. I was pleasantly surprised to find a story that I enjoyed way more! Two minutes into this audiobook I was hooked, and there wasn't a slow part to be found. I liked the characters, and hope to see more of the friends in the next book. I think it would be interesting to see a few chapters from his sister's point of view. I'm very curious to find out if the parents have had a similar experience in the past. The narrator of the audiobook was awesome, with his voice matching our main character perfectly. I enjoyed this audiobook so much, and I can not wait to get my hands on the next one!
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"Very good story. Really enjoyed it!"
I really got into this book and was sad to see it end. At the beginning, I thought of Russ as a bit of a weenie, but was glad to see him evolve into more of an alpha toward the end of the book. I enjoyed the storyline and the different characters. KM did a great job of developing the characters in their interactions with each other, and really gave me a good sense of how each might respond to different situations. The story flowed well, and there weren't any times where I felt lost. Don't get me wrong...there are still a lot of unanswered questions and things that are nagging at me, but I guess I'll have to wait until I read the next installment to find out.
Narrator did a pretty good job as well. While not his fault, I just got done listening to another book he did where his voice was that of a six year old, and through this entire book, I couldn't get that out of my head. Therefore, right up until the end, I kept thinking of Russ as a 10-13 year old instead of a sophomore in high school. Overall though, he did a good job. Listening was smooth and transitions were made pretty seamlessly.
Can't wait until I get my hands on the next book in this series!
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