Welcome to my stop for the Tunnel Vision blog tour! I really enjoyed this book so I hope you take the time to check it out and consider adding it to your to read pile!
Published By: St. Martin's (January 20, 2015)
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: YA Fantasy/Thriller
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Romance and action come crashing together when a teenage boy with incredible powers is brought to the attention of the government.
Jake Lukin just turned 18. He's decent at tennis and Halo, and waiting to hear on his app to Stanford. But he's also being followed by a creep with a gun, and there's a DARPA agent waiting in his bedroom. His secret is blown.
When Jake holds a personal object, like a pet rock or a ring, he has the ability to "tunnel" into the owner. He can sense where they are, like a human GPS, and can see, hear, and feel what they do. It's an ability the government would do anything to possess: a perfect surveillance unit who could locate fugitives, spies, or terrorists with a single touch.
Jake promised his dad he’d never tell anyone about his ability. But his dad died two years ago, and Jake slipped. If he doesn't agree to help the government, his mother and sister may be in danger. Suddenly he's juggling high school, tennis tryouts, flirting with Rachel Watkins, and work as a government asset, complete with 24-hour bodyguards.
Forced to lie to his friends and family, and then to choose whether to give up everything for their safety, Jake hopes the good he's doing—finding kidnap victims and hostages, and tracking down terrorists—is worth it. But he starts to suspect the good guys may not be so good after all. With Rachel's help, Jake has to try to escape both good guys and bad guys and find a way to live his own life instead of tunneling through others.
About the Author:
Susan Adrian is a 4th-generation Californian who somehow stumbled into living in Montana. In the past she danced in a ballet company and worked in the fields of exotic pet-sitting, clothes-schlepping, and bookstore management. She’s settled in, mostly, as a scientific editor. When she’s not with her family, she keeps busy researching spy stuff, learning Russian, traveling, and writing more books.
I admit, I had absolutely no expectations going into this other than keeping my fingers crossed that with that premises, I was going to get something totally fun and original, which I completely did but I also got an exciting story told from the point of view of a boy. Yes you heard me right, a YA book told from the male point of view.
Why do we not get more of these in the YA genre because I really enjoy them! It is refreshing to get something different and fun and yes, get a guys point of view on how it all is.
Throw in a mystery, a little paranormal woohoo, a conspiracy and you have a nonstop action packed read that I thoroughly enjoyed.
This is Adrian's debut novel and honestly, I wouldn't have guessed it at all. The writing was fabulous and the plot was constantly moving. I really liked Jake and loved getting to know his personality and I love that his ability was explained and we weren't left guessing where is came from or how it all started.
My only real complaint was the ending. It wasn't a bad ending I just wanted more. I wasn't quite ready for it to be over and while the ending wasn't spelled out for us, there was enough implied that we get the gist of it with still being able to use our imaginations for how it all turned out in the end.
Overall this was an enjoyable read that I am glad I took a chance on. I will definitely pick up this author's work in the future.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*