Caitlyn is a telepath in a world where having any Paranormal power is illegal. Caitlyn is on the run from government troopers, who can enslave, torture, or even kill her, or make her hunt other Paranormals. When Caitlyn settles down in a city, she falls for Alex, a Normal (someone without Paranormal powers), which is dangerous because he can turn her in. And she discovers renegade Paranormals who want to destroy all Normals. Caitlyn must decide whether she's going to stay in hiding to protect herself, or take a stand to save the world.
Published December 15th 2011 by WestSide Books
Lily's Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
I was first introduced to this author when I picked up Scars, from Netgalley. It was a reviewed at an earlier date on this blog. I was gripped by the main character's voice and pain in this novel. I did not hesitate to read Hunted when Cheryl Rainfield very generously offered it to me to review.
The premise was different, in that it offered a paranormal tone, yet the stories are very much the same in that there is affliction, persecution and the necessity of hiding one true self.
As an X-men fan, I was instantly gripped by the story from the beginning, where our main female character, Caitlyn, is running with her mother from an agency intent on apprehending those with special abilities. She finds herself in another town, going to a new school, facing down bullies, making friends, slowly gaining trust in her small circle, fearing betrayal at every turn.
The action was fast paced; sometimes too fast for my liking, which is a strange thing to write. But sometimes it felt like there was something missing in between action scenes, that maybe would have explained some of the thought processes a little better.
The writer did write successfully with a teenager's voice, with situations becoming maybe a little more dramatic than they should have been, but believable to me. I am not so old that I don't remember the earth shattering moments of those years, that now seem so trivial, surrounding friend squirmishes, and boyfriend actions or lack of. Not to say that the book centered around that; that is very far from the truth. The story is infused with situations which were very serious, as a full out war with potential catastrophic results was on the verge of erupting.
I found the relationship forged between Caitlyn and Alex to be believable, though was momentarily confused by the scene where Alex shows intense prejudice against paranormals, when prior to that moment, he seemed truly to be sympathetic, or at least neutral.
On the whole, I had a hard time putting this book down, which is definitely the same issue I had with Scars. The story was gripping, and very engaging to the very end.
Another recommended read for YA readers, without a doubt, and I look forward to continue reading more novels by this author.
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