The majority of this book was fun and entertaining and actually really well-thought-out. I liked the way all the students went from being ‘I’s to a ‘We’ and the story is narrated through their group voice. Kinda cool. I loved the petty squabbles, horrific secrets and juicy gossip they all uncovered and also the conflict they went through with their friends and family. I got the impression that the author spent some time thinking, ‘Imagine if a small group of people gained psychic powers’ and really tried to consider every eventuality. And considering this is what I’d call an ‘entertainment’ book (i.e. not an ‘issues’ book), the characters are well-fleshed out and interesting, even the mean ones.
The only problem I had with this book was the ending.
Okay, so at the end the government catch up with the psychic kids and try to get them to have an antidote jab that will return them to their normal, non-psychic states. In a move that apparently no one anticipates, all the teens turn round and said that they’d rather not relinquish their phenomenal psychic powers, thanks all the same. So the government people just go, ‘Oh, okay then.’
Right. Like that would happen in real life. Call me a cynic, but I just could not get on board with any government being okay with a group of powerful psychics wandering around unsupervised instead of rounding them all up and sending them to Guantanamo Bay and experimenting on them for the rest of their lives.
Unless... Unless the government ARE going to secretly monitor the psychics and that’s going to be the plotline of the next book (which I understand the author is writing). I think I’d definitely buy it to find out.