A promising gymnast, Donna Young is a shy, quiet nobody from the wrong side of town. The only exciting thing in life is her secret friendship with Ryan, her childhood crush. But after the accident—one that should have killed her—she discovers she has impossible powers! Why now, at sixteen, can she transform into something shocking and inhuman? Donna doesn’t know how to use her new abilities or who she can trust, but unveiling this mystery might lead to conclusions about Ryan that are deadly.
Rich kid, Ryan Applegate is the most popular guy in town. He has a face that should be on a poster in every girl’s bedroom and dates the hottest chick in school. But ever since the big explosion at the town’s power plant, Ryan has been keeping secrets of his own, that if revealed could force him to choose between his family and the girl he's forbidden to love.
As their electrifying puzzle unfolds, so unfolds a town where friends become enemies, and enemies become unrecognizable and intertwined. Tortured heroes just might be the bad guys, and Donna discovers that her and Ryan’s secrets are powerful enough to destroy everyone... including themselves.
2 Out of 5 Stars
Donna lives in a small town that had a nuclear plant disaster before she was born and now the townspeople take thyroid medication as prevention. Donna has worked hard to lose weight and become a gymnast, yet she still feels alone and depressed. One day while walking home from school with her two best friends, something unexplainable occurs, causing Donna to question everything. There is more to the people in her town than she could ever have imagined.
I don't like to be too negative about someones work, so I will make this review short and sweet. This book was not for me. I did not connect to the characters and I am not even sure if I liked any of them as people. Everyone had flaws, which I understand and feel is needed to make people human, but these at times felt like superficial issues that I felt were ridiculous. One of the main characters refers to her clothes as her fat clothes, hyper focuses on previously being overweight, walks to school to work off those extra few pounds even though she is consistently late, yet she does not really have a personality outside of this obsession. There was not a whole lot of substance to her as a person, more of a skim the surface perspective with some past angst about her crush thrown in the mix of exercise. I just could not get her, as well as anybody else.There were so many voices telling this book that at times I was lost as to the plot and confused if I cared enough to figure it out. I kept plugging away at the book regardless of the fact that I dreaded reading it. Around the half way point things started to make more sense but it did not make me like the book any better. I also found the writing style to be odd. The sentences were simple and concise making it seem like it was geared for a young reader, yet content was heavily focused on sex and desires, personal gain and other pretty adult themes. Also, there were many inconsistencies with the plot, such as Donna is dirt poor, like can't keep the water on poor, yet can go to New York every summer and meet new adult friends? Ok...Sure. I could not find anything in the book to mesh with what I was looking for in a read.
Overall this was not a book for me. I thought the premise had a lot of potential because it is unlike anything else that I have read about, but sadly the execution of the idea was off, at least in my opinion. I felt like the book was a supreme downer as well, each time I would pick it up I would just be depressed after what I read. I will not be continuing on in the series, but I am sure someone else will really love this book.
I received this title form the author in exchange for my honest review.