Published by Amazon Digital Services on March 31st, 2011
Number of Pages: 441
Genres: Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Urban, Young Adult
Purchase: At Amazon
Almost fifteen-year-old Caleb Hart is a Cadaver-Manipulator in the year 2025. When teens receive a government-sanctioned pharmaceutical cocktail during school, paranormal abilities begin manifesting... making the teens more powerful than the adults.
After Caleb discovers he has the rare, Affinity for the Dead, he must do whatever it takes to hide it from a super-secret government agency whose goal is exploitation.
Caleb seeks refuge in his new girlfriend, Jade, until he realizes that she needs as much protection from her family, as he does from the government.
Suddenly, Caleb finds that hiding his ability while protecting Jade and his friends is a full time job; can he escape the government, protect Jade and lose the bullies that are making him miserable?
The story is told from the viewpoint of a 14 year old boy. So some of the things he says and does, will make you want to occasionally smack him. But that’s also what makes the story feel real. He acts in the way I’d expect a teenage boy to behave.
The story takes place in 2025, 10 years after a healthcare act Obama has helped create. 10 years after the first of the children who were injected with a drug start to manifest paranormal abilities. Some of them have tested low enough they can pick from the jobs offered, some of whom tested high enough on the paranormal scale that they were all but kidnapped and forced into jobs the government wanted them to have.
I loved some of the technology the book introduced us to. But it was annoying that none of it was really explained. Everything was called either a “pulse” or a “pulse-name-of-object”, with very little explanation of what they were or how they worked. Every child had a “pulse” that seemed to be both personal phones, note takers, a way to tell time, etc. But there were also “pulse computers” and what amounts to a pulse water faucet.
Part of the lack of explanation for things is the fact that the 14 year old boy character didn’t care about such things, just took them for granted. But as a reader, I would have loved to know how this stuff worked even slightly more.
It could have used more proofreading as well, some misspelled words, left out words, and the wrong word used a number of times. I didn’t care for the ending either, but as it’s a first in a series, I’m hoping some of the stuff that we got left hanging with gets explained in book 2.
But I did really like the idea, and how the world had evolved in just 10 years. I liked Caleb and Jade, and would like to read more about them as they move on to high school. Jonesy I didn’t much care for, but am hoping he’ll grow up a bit in the next book and that will make me like him more.
I’ll most likely pick up book 2 at some point to see if I like that one better. But if you don’t mind reading from a teenage boys POV, and can submerge yourself enough in the plot to ignore the lack of technology explanations, I would recommend reading this book.