Publisher: Self-Published on May 13, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, YA, Young Adult
Source: Blog Tour
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Inconsequential: not important or significant.
Synonyms: insignificant, unimportant, nonessential, irrelevant
In the world of genetic mutation, Gypsy’s talent of knowing a person’s age of death is considered a failure. Her peers, the other Cavies, have powers that range from curdling a blood still in the vein to being able to overhear a conversation taking place three miles away, but when they’re taken from the sanctuary where they grew up and forced into the real world, Gypsy, with her all-but-invisible gift, is the one with the advantage.
The only one who’s safe, if the world finds out what they can do.
When the Cavies are attacked and inoculated with an unidentified virus, that illusion is shattered. Whatever was attached to the virus causes their abilities to change. Grow. In some cases, to escape their control.
Gypsy dreamed of normal high school, normal friends, a normal life, for years. Instead, the Cavies are sucked under a sea of government intrigue, weaponized genetic mutation, and crushing secrets that will reframe everything they’ve ever been told about how their “talents” came to be in the first place.
When they find out one of their own has been appropriated by the government, mistreated and forced to run dangerous missions, their desire for information becomes a pressing need. With only a series of guesses about their origins, the path to the truth becomes quickly littered with friends, enemies, and in the end, the Cavies ability to trust anyone at all.
At A Glance
The pacing was slow but the story was interesting.
Gypsy is very X-Men-esque: mutant teenagers with special powers. But Gypsy is a little softer. There isn’t a whole bunch of action, but the mystery was great. I really liked getting to know all the characters and their powers.
Gypsy is considered inconsequential in her world of ‘freaks.’ Her power of seeing the age someone will die when she touches them is pretty useless, but that’s why she is so interesting. Because when these kids are thrown into normal society, it’s Gypsy who shines. She doesn’t have to worry about accidently killing someone with fire or turning invisible during a class. She can almost live a normal life. But their are bad people who won’t allow these teens to live life on the outside. I felt bad for Gypsy because she really did find a life during her small time of freedom. She had a great dad, good friends, and even a potential boyfriend. But it seems like everyone is out to ruin her happiness in some way or another. It was a nice change up to read about the non-superhero, the non-kickass heroine. Gypsy was normal in a world of crazy. And she handled it well.
I loved how the mystery was revealed slowly, piece by piece. I never knew who the true bad guys were, at one point I trusted no one. The best part was seeing these talented kids stick with each other like a family. They were always there for each other, even when they bickered. I am excited to see what the next book has to offer, especially with that cliffhanger ending.
There was so much description and so much inner ramblings that this book slowed down way too often. I started skipping parts just to get on with it. I’d say one-fourth of this book could be cut and it would be the better for it. The pacing really took a hit and never picked up.
Guess what? No love-triangle. Isn’t that great? Nope, it’s not great, because we get a love-square instead. Get this, Gypsy was interested in not two but THREE guys. And these guys liked her in return. Wow, way to standout Gypsy. Except she didn’t standout. If not for her simple power, she is pretty much as average as can be. I didn’t see what any of them saw in her.
No sex, just a little kissing.
Definitely not perfect, but a fun read nonetheless. If you can get past the pacing, you will enjoy the story and characters. Recommended.
“Change is never simple, Norah, no matter where you came from. But every place is just a place. They’re not all that different.”
“Dear Mr. Producer, I’ve been kept away from normal society my entire life, with nothing to show me how it really is except your movies. Now I’m outside and I am a little lost sheep. PS: You failed.”
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