Ghost Hand (The PSS Chronicles #1)

Ghost Hand (The PSS Chronicles #1)

by Ripley Patton

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Ghost Hand (The PSS Chronicles #1) by Ripley Patton

Seventeen-year-old Olivia Black has a rare birth defect known as Psyche Sans Soma, or PSS. Instead of a right hand made of flesh and blood, she was born with a hand made of ethereal energy.

How does Olivia handle being the girl with the ghost hand? Well, she's a little bit morbid and a whole lot snarky.

Her mother thinks her obsession with death, black clothing, and the local cemetery is a bid for attention. But when Marcus, the new guy in Olivia's calculus class, stares at her like she's a freak, Olivia doesn't like it. And when her hand goes rogue, doing things she never imagined possible, Olivia finds herself running for her life with Marcus from a group of men bent on taking the power of her hand for their own nefarious purposes.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152119114
Publisher: Ripley Patton
Publication date: 08/22/2015
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 145,759
File size: 351 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Ripley Patton lives in Portland, Oregon with one cat, two teenagers, and a man who wants to live on a boat. She is an award-winning short story writer and author of The PSS Chronicles, a young adult paranormal thriller series. Ripley doesn't smoke, or drink, or cuss as much as her characters. Her only real vices are writing, eating M&Ms, and watching reality television.

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Ghost Hand 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Bolthy More than 1 year ago
In Ripley Patton's Ghost Hand, we are presented with a world much like our own. The primary distinction is that some people are born with a glowing spectral body part instead of the usual one. The medical term is Psyche Sans Soma, or PSS. Such is the case of Olivia Black and her "ghost hand": though she can pick things up with it and wear gloves over it, she can also pass it through things and it cannot be hurt.  Until, of course, it starts acting up and the militant branch of an anti-PSS lobbyist organization comes after her. She soon finds that nothing in her small town is what she thought it was, and she has to join others with PSS to stay alive.  I'm usually hard pressed to give a book five stars, even ones that I love. But I think this one truly warrants it. From the very start, I was absolutely sucked in. The part I think I most loved was how real and relatable Olivia and the other characters felt. All too often I find YA books with simple caricatures of what a teenager is expected to be like. But with Olivia she felt very much like someone I could have met, with very understandable problems. I immediately empathized with her from the first few pages and that fed into heavy emotional involvement with the characters.  So with this, her fear and confusion over the threats aligned against her, her moments of insecurity about herself and her budding relationship, and her conflicts with her mother, she felt like someone I could know and want to help in real life.
AngelLeya More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! If I could give it more stars, I would. Olivia has a ghost hand, a PSS condition that's only cropped up within the past decade or so. It looks like a hand, but it can go through things or hold them, and her hand happens to have one more ability - it can pickpocket your soul. When the new guy in school helps her after her hand goes rogue and pulls some razors from Passion Wainwright - preacher's kid, goody two-shoes, and cutter - he warns her that she's in danger. But Olivia isn't one to just trust a stranger, even if he is kinda cute. But things go from bad to worse when her house burns down, and her mom is siding with the doctor who wants to run tests on her ghost hand. Olivia has to find out what's going on - with her ghost hand, the new guy, and the danger he's warning of - or she may lose her ghost hand forever. This book surprised me. I kept skipping it because of the title, but when I finally cracked it open, I was kicking myself for not reading it sooner. Everything is so vivid, from Olivia and her ghost hand, to the dangers she's up against. I love Olivia for her spunk. She's not just "Oh, he's cute, let me trust him." She doesn't swoon or back down. She's strong and ballsy and fights for the truth. All the characters, really, are amazingly well-formed and realistic and unique. Ghost Hand grabs you by the collar and keeps you turning the pages until you come to the conclusion - which is only the beginning. I'm itching to get my hands on the next books, and they'll be jettisoned to the top of my wish list. This is a highly recommended book for anyone who loves contemporary fantasy, sci-fi, or paranormal fiction, and while it's written with young adults in mind, I think the adult crowd will eat this one up, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my God. Words cannot describe how much I loved this book. It was so different, like nothing I've ever read before, and just—gahhh, I loved it!! As much as I hate to admit it, it's been FOREVER since I've read a book in under a week. But I read Ghost Hand in less than three days, and it was absolutely perfect. I'm definitely going to be checking out the other books in the PSS series!
RayBear More than 1 year ago
“Don’t think about it. Solve the problem. Get yourself out.” (Page 86). Olivia was born with a ghost hand. It’s rare to have PSS (a ghost body part), but Liv isn’t the only one. The ghost hand wasn’t that bad, if you didn’t mind being a freak in the middle of a small town, but after new kid Marcus shows up, the hand starts acting up. Olivia just wants to live her life, hide her hand as much as possible, but now she can’t. There are people after her who want to forcefully extract her PSS and if she wants to live she’ll have to team up with the new boy and his band of PSSers. I loved the main character, Olivia. She might freak out, as any normal teen under these circumstances should and would, but she doesn’t let that stop her from trying to find a solution. She’s a girl of action. She’s a real superhero and a model main female character. She’s funny, snarky, and thinks fast on her feet. She never lets the situation get the better of her in the end. She may get bad things thrown at her left and right, but she’s always trying to think of a solution and doesn’t wallow in self-pity. She is the strong underdog you’ll love to root for. I laughed out loud more than once! The dialogue between the teenagers is so realistic and the things they say are hilarious! I especially loved and laughed at the scene where Olivia eats some salted almonds. I very much appreciate books where the genders of the main characters could have been flipped and the book would hold true the same way. Olivia isn’t overly feminized or put into a gender corner. There was a romantic element, yes, but Olivia could have been Marcus as easily as Marcus could have been Olivia. I like the way Patton wrote this book the way it is written because I loved Olivia as a strong female lead. Marcus was also a strong character and a strong person, but his role was not as large as Olivia’s. She was the protagonist of the story. Thank you, Ripley Patton for giving us more than just the usual paranormal fare. I was intrigued and fascinated throughout the entire story with Olivia’s ghost hand and the whole concept of “PSS” and I didn’t even mind not getting a thorough explanation for how PSS came about. Sometimes things are just unknown. I loved how this PSS concept is fully developed in this book and the characters discover more about it at the same time as the reader, so we gain a full understanding (but not right away). I believe there’s more to PSS than we know about from the first book and I wholeheartedly await reading more about PSS and hopefully Olivia, Marcus and the gang of PSSers in book two and beyond.
eheinlen More than 1 year ago
While the writing was OK and the story was interesting, the story moved entirely too slowly for my liking.
TheBibliophilicBookBlog More than 1 year ago
In the last 20 years or so, there have been children born with PSS – Psyche Sans Soma. This translates (roughly) to spirit without flesh (mind without body). Olivia Black has PSS of the right hand, so instead of a “normal” flesh hand she has one made of ethereal energy. Her father was never bothered by this, but Olivia’s relationship with her mother has always been strained. Now that her father has died, they hardly interact. Of course, it doesn’t help that her mother is a psychologist and analyzes Olivia instead of being her mother. Now there’s a new boy at school, Marcus, and he’s there when Olivia’s PSS hand decides to act of its’ own accord. Now the trouble really starts… ‘Ghost Hand’ is a wonderfully unique story. I enjoyed learning about PSS and it was very believable there is a lobbyist group (Citizens Against Minus Flesh) trying to pass laws against people with PSS. The fact there is a militant faction to CAMF makes perfect sense, also. Everything about this story was solid and the characters really worked for me. I am all about reading the next book in the series. I liked Olivia and thought she was very well-adjusted for someone in her situation. She also was able to keep a pretty level head about most of the situations she encountered, which is more than I can say for most teenagers. ‘Ghost Hand’ is action-packed and exciting  - definitely book I’d recommend!
Dragonskull2523 More than 1 year ago
Great story. Can't wait until I can get the second one. Well written, well thought out, great flow. What else can I say? Great story.
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
You get right into the story from the get-go and from there is nothing but action. Olivia is not your normal teenage girl, she was born with a birth defect that is rare. She suffers from PSS which is Psyche Sans Soma, as we progress with the story we find out that she is not the only person that has been born with this defect, supposedly there are others out there. Now Olivia is being chased and hunted down from people who want to to know about her hand what she is told is that they want to kill her so Olivia is determine to live. Olivia's hand starts acting up and that is when she meets Marcus! He is wanting to help her not get captured by these evil men who are hunting people like them down. But it seems as though Marcus has secrets of his own and of course this puts Olivia on edge.  With Olivia's hand acting up she has different powers that are coming to light and they are beyond freaky!  I was glad that Olivia and Marcus didn't just fall in love at first sight, it took a few meetings before feelings came into play. But when her best friend gets captured well then it becomes a rescue mission, and stopping the bad guys in the process. All the characters each have their own personality and you can read that within the book. Olivia's mom tries to not deal with the death of her husband so she treats Olivia differently. Olivia wants her mom to acknowledge her and understand her feelings. Marcus is handsome but very mysterious. Jason well he is just trigger happy and has a lot of anger.  The other two characters you really do not read too much about. I can not wait to read more in this series as I want to know who is all on the list. Will it come to light on how people were born with PSS?
halfstanding More than 1 year ago
Like the shape-shifting and flesh-piercing fingers of the title, Ripley Patton’s GHOST HAND grips and unnerves and shakes the reader with a plot that races from one high-stakes scene to the next. Woven into this thriller, which features a ragtag band of paranormal outcasts being hunted by an evil scientist and his militant lackeys, is an unusually textured coming-of-age story centered on seventeen-year-old Olivia Black. Patton gives the generation gap a new twist, in that Olivia and her cohort--including fellow-freak and love interest Marcus--are afflicted by an extremely rare condition whose first documented case occurred only two decades earlier. In other words, some young people don’t just seem like mutants; they ARE mutants. Their condition, known as Psyche Sans Soma (PSS for short, “minus flesh” for the haters), is so new and strange that a radical scientific/political fringe has sprung up to harness the teenagers’ psychic energy for commercial gain--or else eliminate them altogether. There’s a lot of violence here, a lot of bullets and blood and raw language. Although the book zeroes in on the struggles and pains and budding love of adolescents, this is by no means a book for younger readers. In fact, Patton could very well have more of a political thriller and/or eco-thriller on her hands if she chose to delve more deeply into the origins of PSS and how its presence in the world threatens the existing power structure. The idea that an organization like CAMF (Citizens Against Minus Flesh) could be operating in small towns across America is just plausible enough to be scary, especially considering America’s long history of mob violence when facing irrational fear.  No matter what threads of narrative Patton chooses to pick up in books 2 and 3 of the PSS CHRONICLES, it is certain that Olivia Black-- broken, confused, brave, brilliant, and above all resilient--will be at the center of the action, along with reluctant hero and possible beau, Marcus. Olivia Black is just beginning to understand the power she wields. The same could be said for Ripley Patton’s storytelling skills.
martyinmaui More than 1 year ago
I was hooked from the very beginning of Ghost Hand when, during the introduction of the book's heroine Olivia Black, she is startled to find her PSS afflicated hand suddenly demonstrating a very scary power to have a mind and will of it's own. From there the suspense, and danger, quickly builds as Olivia is thrust into a strange new reality where trust is in very short supply, and everyone seems to be out to get her. This is a well-written, intriguing story. The fact that the affliction is not only seems possible, but somehow makes perfect sense, says a lot in itself. The level of writing and character development in Ghost Hand has a maturity about it that rarely comes with a first novel, so I'm glad to offer my recommendation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great story. I almost couldn't put it down. The reason for this being the originality of the story coupled with good writing and plot.   The characters were great and entertaining. The author of this story is up there with some of the best young adult authors, therefore renewing my hope in the young adult genre. I am in withdrawal because of my need for the second book that I am eagerly awaiting.
LaurieGM More than 1 year ago
Wow! Could not put this book down. Great story line, character development, plot twists, all wrapped up in amazing writing. Cannot believe this is a first novel. I'm predicting this series will be a runaway favorite with my teenage daughter and all of her sci-fi loving friends. The only thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars is the abundant use of the "f" word, which I know will not be a detraction for a lot of readers. Love, love, love this book!
seejaneread More than 1 year ago
Loved this book and I can't wait to read the second one in the series. Right off we are absorbed into the story of Olivia and her "ghost hand", the hand that all of a sudden is revealing a new trick, and it is freaky! The action is non-stop, a nail biting adventure from start to end. There is a huge supporting cast Marcus, Nose, Yale, Jason, Emma and Passion all adding to the unique story. Its a great read, it doesn't end in a cliff hanger which I am thankful for (YAY!) *was given a copy of the book for a honest opinion. Thanks Ripley! :)
Mallory_SupernaturalFan More than 1 year ago
Review of Ghost Hand by Ripley Patton 5 stars I reviewed an e-book copy from the author provided in return for my fair and impartial review, via the Goodreads Group Making Connections. About eighteen years ago, the first instance of PSS appeared: Psyche Sans Soma (which I roughly translate as “soul” or “spirit’ without body). Those who possess PSS have one body segment that is “not there,” “ghostly,” and it could be the hand (as in Olivia’s case), arm, nose, leg portion… Almost everyone without PSS finds it odd; some, the CAMPfers, find it freakish, abnormal, and in need of eradication. Olivia never thought that her “ghost hand” would put her in danger, until she discovers simultaneously that her PSS hand can reach in and pull symbolic items out of others; and that the new boy in school is far, far more than he seems—and he may be her only ticket out of terminal danger, because someone is determined to extricate her PSS. “Ghost Hand” is an exciting and riveting story which kept me turning the pages to find out the next tension-filled moment. I highly recommend it, both to YA readers and older. Even higher level middle school readers can enjoy it.