Nov 3, 2016

Book Review: Glimmer

The Black Swan Files begin…

At certain moments in history, when several impossible-to-predict events collide, they create what’s known as a Black Swan—an event that can change how we look at science, technology, even our history. Jocelyn Albrecht is one such Black Swan. Infected by the biotechnology her parents sought to develop, she has become human enhanced—an H+.

The accident that gave Jocelyn new powers also killed her family. In their place she is raised at Camp Holliwell by her "uncle”—a government funded scientist—and his league of doctors who study and test Jocelyn daily in the hopes of learning how to replicate her. The military has another goal in mind—to make her an asset.

After losing one family and the home where she belonged, Jocelyn strives to keep her Holliwell family happy, as odd as they might be. That is until she finds out the truth…Uncle Laurence is using her as a guinea pig, her brother and sister are still alive, and she doesn’t have long to live.

Now Jocelyn only cares about finding her real family. The problem—breaking out of a highly classified, military facility before the next experiment kills her.

Seth Johnson had nothing left to lose when he volunteered to go to Camp Holliwell. Now he would do anything to get out. He wants to help Jocelyn escape, but with a target on both of them, survival means he needs to look out for number one.

Georgie Washington is a straight A student and only child of middle class Virginians. Raised on civil rights and the horrors of American slavery, Georgie has a keen sense of what’s right and what’s not. She secretly befriends Jocelyn, and when no one else will help, commits to breaking her out of Camp Holliwell.

Graeme Rochester knows something is wrong, he just hasn’t figured out the connection to his family. One thing he does know—he would do anything to keep them safe. When the world at Camp Holliwell threatens that safety, Graeme wants to know why, even if it means a collision course with the government’s best-kept secret.

These four people, from vastly different worlds, learn the true meaning of friendship and sacrifice when unpredictable events once again collide, and create the possibility of another Black Swan.

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I used to think that the young adult genre was only for kids.  I am glad that I have had that preconceived notion blown out of the water as some of the freshest ideas and best stories I have found in the last few years are considered to be young adult.  I will never turn my nose up at this genre again.

Now the idea behind GLIMMER of a super soldier is one that has been around for a while.  What makes this book really shine is the superb job that Ms. Cerrone  has done with characterization.  She really takes her readers inside of these teens.

Jocelyn Albrecht, or Sunny as she is known at Holliwell, has always been easy going and appreciative of the care that her 'uncle' takes of her.  It isn't until she meets Seth that she starts to questions her life and it doesn't add up.  She might have been trained as a super soldier but her inner goodness is what draws people like Georgie, Seth and Graeme to her cause. 

I shudder when I think of some of the training methods that Sunny is forced to undergo.  Her uncle truly is a master at manipulating people and to subject a young girl to such is so beyond wrong that I can't put it into words. GLIMMER really highlights the fact that we do allow sociopaths into positions of authority where they can abuse their power.

I would recommend GLIMMER to any of my readers who enjoy sci-fi that is based more of the people rather than the science and to any of my readers who enjoy young adult.  And if you haven't checked out the young adult genre, why not?  Great stories without all the sex.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.


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