From the Publisher: High school seniors, Nathan and Alexandria, are looking forward to graduation for one reason. They dream of a life without torment. Because neither one can call home a sanctuary, they face bullies and humiliation without help from their families. Nathan’s parents are absent and his empty house stokes the anger he carries within. Alexandria has always hidden her pain, especially so after losing her mother and watching her father struggle. She continues to seek familiar relief with the help of a razor blade and her arms bear witness to the quiet agony she suffers.
The best friends have each other to lean on, but not much else. An extraordinary discovery changes everything. After holding mysterious objects that fell from the sky, the pair begins to exhibit supernatural abilities. In the beginning, Nathan uses his newfound powers for protection, but quickly becomes obsessed. In an attempt to hide his activities from an unsupportive Alexandria, he promises to stop. But he turns down a sinister path and indiscriminately absorbs souls of the undesirable, growing stronger each time. It’s a high he can’t give up.
Alexandria desperately attempts to bury her powers and struggles with the results of her and Nathan’s actions. They are beginning to drift apart when a mutual friend, oblivious of their supernatural exploits, becomes an unwitting pawn in Nathan’s rising fixation. A series of deadly events and vivid nightmares convinces Alexandria that Nathan is keeping secrets from her. Now, an agonizing decision must be made. Will two people, who once only had each other to turn to, be forced to turn on each other?
My Review: The first book in this trilogy is one that you will not be able to put down! It grabbed me from the beginning and I found myself making time to read this.
Alexandria, also known as Lexi, and her best friend Nathan are high school seniors that are the center of attention when it comes to being bullied. There's just no getting around it for these two and they encounter it everyday and dream of the day when it will stop.
Their wish seems to come true one night when they see a strange green streak in the sky and go to investigate, only to find glowing rocks. They both pick one up and it instantly dissolves in their hand.
Not thinking anything of it, they brush off the debris and head home. That night, and over the course of the next week, their bodies undergo a dramatic change.
When they return to school the following week, they have a heightened sense of, well, everything. But that's not all. Experimenting with his new found powers, Nathan learns he can levitate, use "energy" to grab things that are across the room and bring them to him, among other things.
The only problem is that Nathan wants to get in touch with his powers, while Lexi doesn't want anything to do with them. This causes a bit of a problem between the two, and ultimately will come to a head at some point. But, one night when one of the bullies threatens Lexi, Nathan looses it and does something that will decide his destiny. And once on that path, there is no turning back.
The story goes on and we encounter the lives of two people who used to be so close, but drift further apart. One good, one bad. But how far will it go before one of them gets hurt? You have to get the book to find out!
I have to say I really enjoyed this book! I usually don't comment on characters, but I liked how Hermann presented them, and how easy it was from the beginning to relate to them. It was written in such a way too, that the story kept you intrigued as to what was going to happen next, and how it would all pan out. Even though the story centers around 18 year old teenagers, that didn't seem to matter since the story line was so interesting and a bit unique. So don't let that scare you away :)
*I do want to point out that there were some punctuation and grammatical errors. Also, there were spots where it was a bit wordy, but overall it didn't make me want to stop reading.
I can't wait to read the other two books in this trilogy and once I do, I'll definitely put my review up!
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