I love this cover. The game of chess signifies a great deal about this book. Before I made it through the first page, I was hooked. The writing style is relaxed and edgy all at once, and the writing is skilled, as if written through the eyes of Naz and Cory. Mystery builds slowly, maintaining curiosity throughout. I must admit that I don't read a lot of YA or sci-fi, but with this read, I felt compelled to speak up for it. I was wowed from the start and when I finished, I wanted more!
you like sci-fi, YA, paranormal with a dystopian feel, this is a
definite read. I have passed this read onto my teenage son and he loved
I hate reviews that give away too much, but I will give away a little...
is a quirky teenager, with a resilience that shines through as he
struggles to cope with life in the Exclave (a dystopian-like ghetto),
sleep-walking, strange voices, and gang activity. His attitude to
certain events reminds me a lot of my teenage son...non-committal about
some things, but crazy passionate about others. His relationship with
his sister Meridian is well-conveyed and adorable. His character is
strong as are all the other characters in this book, even Tone the
African Grey. Life in the Exclave is described in such a way that each
scene feels like your moving through a movie.
The story bounces
between Naz and Dr. Cory Anderson, creating an interwoven plot line that
spoke to the power or the mind and mind-control. I'm still hanging and
need to read the next book in this series, soon!