If science is right, then I am crazy. And crazy is dangerous.
In a world where nothing supernatural exists, Tess Eckhart is positive she's going crazy. After her complete freak-out at a high school party, her family is too. So much that they pack their bags and move across the country, next to a nationally-renowned facility for the mentally ill.
Tess is determined to fit in at her new school, despite the whispers and stares. But when it comes to Luka Williams, a reluctantly popular boy in her class, she's unused to a stare that intense. Then the headaches start, and the seemingly prophetic dreams that haunt her at night. As Tess tries harder to hide them, she becomes increasingly convinced that Luka knows something - that he might somehow be responsible.
But what if she's wrong? What if Luka Williams is the only thing separating her from a madness too terrifying to fathom?
©2015 K.E. Ganshert (P)2016 K.E. Ganshert
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"More intriguing than the Harry Potter series!"
I was in awe from the beginning. This was one of the best books that I have ever listened to or read. I put this up there with The Hunger games and Harry Potter as far as story goes. I was intrigued also that the author was not afraid to voice her beliefs of God and not attribute everything to "magic". so many authors are ashamed to create a world where God exists.
I read a review where the reviewer ranted about Katie including God's existance in the world she made in the Gifting and how too many of her Characters had Christian based conservative beliefs. Saying she was "shoving" her beliefs on others... Nobody made you read that book. How many books are there that blatantly deny the existence of God. I say Katie is amazing and an amazing author. that she is brave enough to not care what others may say or think is comendable.
The gifting was a book that I could not stop listening to. I listened to The Gifting and then it's sequel The Awakening every waking moment until I finished them. I couldn't help myself. Katie's masterpiece and Heather Master's voice make this whole series addictive.
My only regret is that the 3rd book The Gathering is not available in audible yet...
When Katie when! How long will you keep us waiting?
I'm not a 17 year old girl. STILL LOVED IT!
Can't wait for the next book to come out.
I drive truck and as soon as I started it, I realized I was going to finish it ASAP! The description of how the world had changed (in the story) was what drew me in..... Heather, the narrator, kept me intrigued.
Her smooth, effortless delivery; her rhythm and phrasing; the slight changes in vocal pitch and tone per character made this an easy listen. It's as if Heather was telling me a story as I drove, NOT simply reading me a book.
The story, with characters more than 20 years my junior, drew me in quickly, taking me back to some of the feelings, emotions, and memories of high school. However, the plot and direction kept me intrigued as I kept asking myself how I would feel, react, or handle the world in the same situation as in the story.
All in all, great book, FANTASTIC narration, and a listener bummed that the next story isn't available yet!
I'm dying to know more about Tess and Luka!
"Rekindled a love for reading"
I cannot say enough about The Gifting. I've read all three books in the trilogy and I'm wanting more. The books brought on so many emotions for me and rekindled my love of a good story to just fall into. Thank you Mrs. Ganshert and please keep the stories coming, preferably about Tess and Luka!
"Not a lot of substance"
I thought it would be a powerful, moving story, by truthfully, it didn't live up to my own hype. There wasn't enough substance to keep me interested. I finished the book but I'm slightly bored. It reminds me of the Lessers in a JR Ward book, but entente isn't enough info about the weird things she's seeing. The gifting aspect has barely any pertinence on the story until 30 minutes until the end. Hopefully the follow up will be better.
"Excellent series but way too much teenage angst."
BS on the idea of right wing propaganda. It's one or two lines in a three book series. If you are that far left then I can't imagine what kind of movie or book would be inoffensive. It's not a part of the story. The idea that it's anti GOD is also BS. I guess those reviewers didn't listen long enough to realize the story line disputes the idea of science over the spiritual. Don't let those reviews stop you from enjoying a great series. My only issue was the teen angst. Way over the top; the main character's boy related angst and her issues snowballing because she is too introverted to talk to anybody to clear up any misunderstanding gets old. Still a good story. Too bad the never been kissed age level was the target audience.
"Great story! but speed up the narration 1.25X !!!"
This was an interesting story with a unique twist.. In many futuristic dystopian stories, they depict a society that has become very creepy due to the take over of fundamentalist religion. Don't get me wrong, I like those stories (i.e. Handmaid's Tale). But this one depicts the opposite... a future where religion has become completely extinct. People don't believe in anything supernatural. And just for good measure, they throw in that the the second amendment has been repealed "When we repealed the 2nd amendment, we didn't get rid of guns, we just ensured that only the bad guys would have them." (at this point I did get a little worried that this book was NRA propaganda!) And the main twist is that, not only is abortion legal, but women are required to get screened during their pregnancy and are required to terminate, or get "cured," if the fetus is found to have any abnormality. In fact, mental illness is basically a crime and the state will capture you and institutionalize anyone who needs meds. So this was an interesting twist. I myself am not religious, am pro choice and anti-guns. but it was refreshing and interesting to see a depiction of what the world might look like if these beliefs were made more extreme.
Most importantly.... I SOLVED THE NARRATION PROBLEM BY SPEEDING UP THE RECORDING TO 1.25X!!. Many early reviews said that the narrator sounded odd. so much so that it was a distraction. Well, I felt the same way. And I noticed that the weirdest thing about it was that Tess's voice was really slowwwwwww. I tried speeding it up to 1.25x and guess what? Tess sounded totally normal. I think what happened is that some tricky sound engineer (for an unknown reason) went in and slowed down ONLY Tess's voice. Did they want the recording to last longer? I'm not sure why. but speeding the whole thing up to 1.25X made her voice sound normal. Unfortunately, the other voices sounded a little too fast... but not annoyingly so.
Anyway, it would be great if the producers would go back and release version where they hadn't speeded up the narrator's voice.
But that said, the story was cool and interesting and I am going on to listen to the next book.
Started out a little slow but picked up eventually... I'm in my mid twenties and a stay at home mom... there was kind of a lot of high school drama, I probably wouldn't have minded it as much when I was in high school but now I really don't want to relive the drama... otherwise it was pretty good. It picked up at the end and it sounds like the second book will be better.
Excellent! Edge of your seat. Heart stopping. Great performance. Believable voices.
Can't wait to listen to book 2.
"Just Don't. Don't do it."
This book was the biggest waste of time. The writing was unimaginative, the storyline made no sense, and the characters were one dimensional and incredibly dull. This entire book was a huge cliche paired with the world view of some ultra right-wing Christian fanatic.
"I really wanted to like it :-/"
I really really wanted to like this book. It definitely has potential, but it was super slow moving. The narrators voice made it feel that much slower. ***Increasing speed to 1.25x as recommended by another reviewer really does help.**
I'm not as concerned about what others claim to be secret messages and propaganda. The story needs to pulls me. And since I'm more about the movement of a story, I can't say I really enjoyed this book... I wasn't able to get into it or care much about the characters.
I like the premise and the idea of being a fighter and the existence of God, angels and demons but it just wasn't enough. Goodness gracious, that main character, Tess, is so friggin' annoying. I think it would've been better if Tess would've come to accept her role earlier on.
I'm in the last stretch for this book, and I'm just trying to get to the end. Definitely going to take a lot to get me to consider the next in the series.
I'm trying to decide if I'm being too generous, but I think 2-3 stars overall is appropriate. It did have potential.
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