I received an advance reader copy from Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
Individual rating: 3.8/5
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Coming from a race of highly-evolved humans, Julia Jaynes has the perfect life. The perfect family. The perfect destiny. But there’s something rotten beneath the surface—dangerous secrets her father is keeping; abilities she was never meant to have; and an elite society of people determined to keep their talents hidden and who care nothing for the rest of humanity. So when Julia accidentally disrupts the Jaynes’ delicate anonymity, she’s banished to the one place meant to make her feel inferior: public high school.
Julia’s goal is to lay low and blend in. Then she meets him—John Ford, tennis prodigy, all-around good guy. When Julia discovers a knack for reading his mind, and also manipulating his life, school suddenly becomes a temporary escape from the cold grip of her manipulative father. But as Julia’s powers over John grow, so do her feelings. For the first time in her life, Julia begins to develop a sense of self, to question her restrictive upbringing and her family prejudices. She must decide: can a perfect love be worth more than a perfect life?
There was a lot going on in this book. You had Julia, the main character, who has all these different relationships, and it seems like there are one thousand problems that can’t be solved… Which is pretty much exactly what this book was. There was so much going on that the characters were never fully rounded out. It all felt very flat and two dimensional for me.
I wish that this book had been split into two. I think it could have been fabulous. I was constantly mildly confused throughout the entire book. I didn’t quite grasp what was going on, and right when I felt like I got it something would drastically change. The thing I did like is that it was opposite from a lot of the books that are out there. This time, instead of the main girl being meek and confused and enamored, she’s the one with the powers. Julia was kickass, and I felt like most of the things that happened to her were both unfair and made no sense at all.
The emotion was lacking in this book for me. I didn’t feel as connected to the characters as I wanted to. When “I love you” was said, I just kind of stared at the book for a second and rolled my eyes. I wasn’t elated or relieved like I should have been. I did like all the individual characters, but I wish there were less and they had been expanded on more so we could get the full effect of the bad guys and what they were trying to do.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has a good tolerance for young adult books, and anyone looking for a strong female lead. If you connect easily to characters in books, I’d say this would be a good one for you, too.
Publisher: Charlesbridge Teen
Release Date: October 3rd, 2017
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Sci-Fi
Author: Marit Wiesenberg