Author: Donnielle Tyner
Genre: YA Science Fiction, Dystopian
Length: 209 Pages
Release: June 2015
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
When I was approached about reviewing this novel, I wasn't entirely sure about doing so. I'm really glad that I did.
This novel was fresh, original, compelling, and well crafted. Sure there are lots of books out there about people with super powers, but this was a fresh take on the idea. And the powers-Talents, as they're called-are fascinating. Some people who are born Caelian have different skin tones which makes them stand out, Sadie is one of them.
The Talents bear some similarities to powers from other stories, but have have their own spin on things. There are secondary characteristics that go with different powers and learning to control and harness these abilities is very important. For Sadie it can mean life and death for those she loves.
The characters in this story are really well written. Sadie is easy to relate to and her heartbreak over losing her boyfriend feels real. She feels guilt over his death and moving on in life after him, which is completely understandable and realistic. And I loved that even when she meets Kian and starts feeling attracted to him that she doesn't just forget her old boyfriend. It's not an insta love fest. She's still conflicted. Her friends-both Norm (those without powers) and Caelian-are fun and likable.
The novel is very nicely wrapped up but leaves plenty of unresolved issues for the next installment in the series. I am very excited to read it! I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a science fiction or dystopian novel. It's short, fun, and really well done.