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Published by Whitman Books on October 15th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Science fiction
Source: ARC from publisher
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One night outside a dance club, concert violinist Aeris Thorn witnesses a man's eyes light up with a supernatural flash.
Forty-eight hours later, she becomes the target of a dark conspiracy that could change the very future of the human race.
"Something in there is calling me. Questions that need answers. A man I need to speak to, if only once. If only to clear up this mystery, this confusion, this painful longing that's beyond all reasonable proportion."
When Aeris Thorne returns to her childhood hometown after graduation, she's forced to confront questions about her past that have haunted her all her life:
Why had her parents, who were deeply in love, lived apart since before she was born?
Why had her scientist mother chosen genetic research over her father?
And what project had her mother been working on that was so important that people chased her down and had her killed?
After she discovers the newly-established Phoenix Research Lab for Highly Contagious Diseases near her town, she's faced with new questions that threaten to tear down her carefully constructed world:
What is going on in the lab that has the sleepy beach village of Deep Cove up in arms?
Why does her father call the head of the facility, Dr. Hunter Cayman, "a menace?"
Why is she consumed with a curiously obsessive attraction to Cayman the moment she sees his eyes glow like a creature in the dark?
Aeris is determined to investigate just what Dr. Hunter Cayman has been hiding. As she's drawn in deeper, she finds the key to unraveling her tragic past. What she uncovers is a secret that will transform her and the rest of humanity, body and soul.
Someone's been playing God with the human race; it's up to Aeris to end the game.
Wow! This book looks like the beginning of an intriguing series!
In a way, it’s very typical, but I like typical. It’s very reminiscent of Twilight, but it’s science fiction instead of fantasy. And it’s not centered on a ridiculously obsessive romance. The romance is taken appropriately slowly, at times even frustrating because you could feel the romantic tension building but there was never really a good time to do anything about it. But the book made me care just as much about the other aspects, the darker ones, to the point where I was thinking “Tell me more about what secrets everyone’s keeping! You can discuss your relationship later!” And that doesn’t happen very often.
It was cruel, I’ll admit that. The things that happened were cruel and intense. But it could have been a whole lot worse. A lot of times people did just jump in and save the day, but I’m not complaining. I choose life. I don’t think either I or Aeris would be able to take too much tragedy.
But it was a very intriguing setup. Some stuff you could predict. There were times I wanted to shake some sense into Aeris for not putting together the pieces fast enough, but it couldn’t be too easy for her. Other things were rather unexpected, and I want to see what happens with them. There are some scenarios that aren’t so uncommon but there is a multitude of different ways to deal with them, and all stories handle it differently. I am eagerly awaiting the next book, although I am terribly glad that this one didn’t end on a cliffhanger. Okay, I wouldn’t have minded too much, but that would have been a bit cliché. Here, there is somewhat of a happy ending, but only a temporary one. The bigger issues still have yet to be resolved.
I enjoyed the tension between Hunter and Aeris more than I expected. Their obviously blossoming relationship. Hunter was quite attractive and they handled things very appropriately and reasonably slowly. No one acted stupidly or ridiculously. They knew what was going on and what could and couldn’t happen. I mean, things could change in the future, but they were very aware of the situation. However, they didn’t try to deny anything, and I really value that. Mind games are for immature people. It felt as close to perfect as you could get in a situation like this, where it feels like the world is crashing down on you.
Yes, there was a lot going on. Secrets everywhere. Friendly people, naïve people, people who seem to dislike you but are on your side, friends gone rogue, clear enemies…this was a tension-filled book. It put an uneasy feeling in my stomach, the kind where I just wanted things to get better even though they couldn’t go back to normal just like that. It’s a resigned sort of feeling. This book did make me feel a bit emotional at times, but not too much because there was always violence and other intense situations distracting me. Yes, the book never did slow down. A very gripping page-turner. I was also able to feel for all the characters, which is unusual enough. I wanted things to turn out well for everyone.
I think this series has the potential to do very well. I think it’s what people who are fans of this genre will want to read. It’s got a great premise and excellent execution. Can’t find many flaws. Maybe just one thing—would have liked more happiness. More good times. Just a little tiny bit more.
reaction upon finishing
Ah, yes. How nice. *breathes sigh of relief*
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