The Giftedby Anna Kathryn Davis
"Sometimes things happen that can't be explained. I am one of those things. I'm not exactly human; I'm evolved into something else, but what that is I don't know. My parents were human, but they're long gone now...a trend that everyone in my life seems to have followed. I am nothing like you know. My beginning is not unlike yours, though my end is another story."
Haunted by nightmares living deep within her past, Rose Hawthorne is anything but perfect, at least on the inside. Outside, her appearance tells a very different story. She is so beautiful that the mere sight of her face makes normal men mad. She is lethal too, just like all her friends. Five teenagers with superhuman powers should be dangerous, though. They are the only ones standing between the human race and an Infestation of mass proportions. Sometimes, when the world sets you apart, the only way to save it is to come together. This is their story. They are the Gifted.
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This novel... so much to say about it! The fact that it was written by a teenager alone tells so much. Such talent! The story is a perfect balance of action and romance, along with some great humor! Just what a young adult novel needs! If you're into phenomenal stories and lovable characters, The Gifted is for you!
Wonderful story, hope to see the sequel sometime soon!
I started reading "The Gifted" without an preconceived notions. I only new what I heard from others. That the author, Anna Davis, wrote it when she was a teenager, and that it was the first in a trilogy. I was intrigued, as Christopher Paolini's "Eragon" series, which he started at 15, was inspirational in my early writing career. The first part of The Gifted struck me. It introduces Rose, and in my opinion, is the strongest part of this novel. It details a young woman, living alone in the wilds with a tiger, and struggling to deal with what sets her apart from the rest of humanity. In my opinion, this could have been the entire book. It is dark, it is mysterious, and it is intriguing. Her backstory hints at real, driving conflict, but also a world that is not quite right. The story changes very quickly however, introducing more gifted characters, and expanding the world beyond her sanctuary. Rose is introduced to the "Infestation", which sounds terrifying enough, especially when merged with the idea of giant insects bursting out of people's bodies. Being a fan of all things dark, horror, and science fiction, this excited me. Some of my concerns: A great amount of time is spent on the teenage romantic entanglements. This conflict/relationships work, at times, but at others they detract from what I felt was the greater threat. Also, I struggled at times to paint the world in depth. The action and flow of the story are good, but I found myself reading details and questioning what I thought I already knew. How bad is the infestation? Is it worldwide? Has it already taken everything over? If so, that would make a resistance make sense, but I never got a good enough sense of the world they were traveling through to make those distinctions. What I liked: I have no concerns with Anna's writing ability. Her dialogue is crisp, concise, and very well written throughout, and her prose is top notch. Like i said earlier on, the first part of the book is fantastic. Rose could be afforded her own novel, just to explore her complicated and interesting backstory. She is a character that struggles with personal relationships, and who can blame her, she spent some of her formative years living in self-inflicted exile. I also like the overall story arc. It introduces us to a terrifying, predatory alien presence, and a humanity either unprepared or unaware of their presence. All in all, The Gifted is a quality introductory novel, from an author I am confident will scribble great things!
Rose's story is an intriguing one. I can't wait to see what happens next.
Complete waste of money and time. Very disappointed with this!!!