Foreseen

Foreseen

by Terri-Lynne Smiles

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ISBN-13: 9781937979058
Publisher: PlotForge, Ltd.
Publication date: 06/28/2012
Pages: 426
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

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Foreseen 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
JohnSKepler More than 1 year ago
Excellent! I get to be the first to review this outstanding book on B&N. Foreseen is the debut novel of writer Terri-Lynne Smiles and galvanizes her as a formidable and most welcome talent in modern teen fiction and science fiction. Obviously the work of an extremely well read person who also understands story, Foreseen generates the kind of character emotionality we all hope to find in the books we read, but so often find missing. Even better, the plot and setting of her first novel are every bit as powerful. As a long time fan of science fiction, Smiles writes the kind of SciFi that I can't get enough of, grounded but not preachy with a healthy romantic thread that isn't tacked on like those giant wheels you see on some cars. After years of tetrion beams and tachyon particles Smiles gives us a story that uses science in a believable way but doesn't try to explain it - the Achilles heel of too many SF offerings. Very few writers know enough about science to make their science seem believable. Smiles gets it right in the sweet spot. But what really pulls you in to Foreseen is the excellent character work. All too often, modern fiction substitutes various forms of shock for true conflict. Not so in this book. Smiles doesn't rely on any of the stock cliches to push this character-driven story, but gets down to the nitty-gritty of human motivation. We get up close and personal with what makes these people tick so that their competing desires and motivations actually make sense. It all comes together in a very gratifying climax that leaves you both satisfied and hungry for the next course. If you are looking for some powerful reading that you will be able to connect with, this is the book for you. Gritty but clean, Foreseen is totally suitable for all teens from 12 to 90.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasnt sure about this book when I first started it. But as the book went on I really thought it was interesting. everyone should read it.
Robyn_Ash More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what I would think of this book, but I really ended up enjoying it. I loved that it was told by two characters, it gave you an interesting perspective on the story. At first the book was a little slower than I would normally like, but it quickly sucked me in completely and got much more exciting. I really can't think of a negative thing to say it was a very good book. If you are a fan or paranormal, sci-fi romance, or even dystopian you should definitely give this book a chance. I think you will really enjoy it.
gypjet More than 1 year ago
Once you get into it, this is a pretty decent little tale. I was a bit bored at first and wondering if it would pick up, which it did as the characters began to develop and the plot shine through. The zombie game that the book opens up with is interesting, and as a reader, I expected it to lead into something. It really didn't do much, it was more of a snap shot "in the day of" the main character Kinzie.  This book is hard to categorize. At first, you assume that it is sci-fi because it banters around words like "quantum foam" and "physics" and "teleportation." Yet, when it comes right down to it, it really deals with clairvoyance and telepathic/telekinetic powers. So take your pick: sci-fi or paranormal fantasy/romance? Since I've been a hard sci-fi fan for years, I'm going to file this one in my book categories as paranormal romance.  The story is about a group of people with special mental powers. The call themselves "adept." In the US, the 'adept' are managed by the "Seven" who operate out of the Rothston institution. Their goal is to manipulate world events for the "good" of mankind (shady, huh?). Kinzie discovers that she is adept as an older kid (18) which is odd for most. She is then shuffled around to the Rothston institute to learn about adepts and her own powers. Pros: The characterization was good with the main characters, and even though the villains were flat, they were still creepy! Greg was the best character, having the most range and being the most believable. Kinzie was ok, but she made some weird decisions that didn't really fit where her character was going at the beginning. Since we saw those scenes through Greg's eyes, they were even more strange. I assumed she was trying to drive him away and faking stuff, but no. It was just out of character.  My biggest pro with this book, is the exploration of the theme who decides what's good for mankind? We see several instances of this in the book. Kinzie like most naive college students thinks she can change the world, and worse, she knows what's best for it. Because of this the Rothston institute seduces her into believing that they do have the answers. She finds herself justifying some horrific actions because of this, bringing up the theme. My idea for what is good for all is not the same as everyone else's and I like how the book dealt with that. Cons: There really aren't a lot of cons I didn't already mention above. The weird characterization issues with Kinzie are about it. I wanted her to be a little stronger. She is obviously much more 'adept' then most of the others having very strong powers. She needed to use those when it would help her. I wanted to know more of why Greg's touch helped her clarify her ability. Mainly I just thought that the superpowers of the Rothston crowd were too iffy. When it suited the scene, they were unstoppable, when it didn't they were easily overcome. I just think that the presentation of the powers should be more consistent, and the characters should be able to see/feel when they are being manipulated. The whole thing with Mel was a bit obvious and I don't know why no one picked up on it! Overall, this was a decent and original read. It's a good starter sci-fi for YA readers to make the transition from Paranormal romance. Or if you enjoy paranormal romance, you'll enjoy this tale. I'd recommend it to the YA PR and Sci-fi crowd.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago