Before she was kidnapped, Jillian Marie Antel Blairington was just an average bright, brave, headstrong child. She was excited for life in a new house with her Momma and new Daddy. Afterward, she's all that...and so much more.
Held in a scientific facility, Jillian discovers her past - a family she never knew and a power she doesn't understand. With her ability now activated, she can enter and even shape a person's dreams. Jillian's been kidnapped, and her Gift has been triggered, so she can locate and save Benjamin Connelly, a brother she never even knew she had. She'd better master this strange ability quickly, though, because her life isn't the only one at stake.
Her babysitter Danielle Matheson is being held as a hostage to ensure Jillian's full cooperation. Slowly, Jillian begins to learn more about her captor and the other genetically altered children held at the facility. Join Jillian as she tries to survive the training being forced upon her, find her unknown brother, escape with Danielle, and work her way back to a normal life once more.
©2013 Julie C. Gilbert (P)2014 Julie C. Gilbert
I enjoyed the smooth transition of the narrator, the musical transitions placed between sections which fit the tone of the story, and the voice tone of the narrator/voice actress. Her voice is pleasant to listen to.
I appreciate the enduring message of the story, that goodness is worth pursuing. While it's a classic theme, I believe it is important in this day and age to present it with a perspective coming from a mixture of sci fi/fantasy and young adult in familiar settings (typical settings such as suburban life, school, family issues).
Her versatile tones, smooth transitions, accent impersonations did not seem forced, but natural. I enjoyed her portrayals of the main characters' personalities by making them believable, and not just theatrical
I don't want to say that I didn't like the story - because I did. It was a very interesting and eventually enjoyable read. I liked the TV show Heroes and the movie Push and this goes along the same general premise. I probably would have given it a higher rating if it was written in a different style. It was hard to get into at first because there was so much back and forth going on but not enough time to grasp what was happening. I'm not sure I would have continued on with reading it had I not been asked for a review. You really have to concentrate when you're reading this story. I was also distracted by one of the (child) narrator's deep southern speech/style.
Overall the book was a good story and I commend the author for her ideas and for using such a unique way to deliver the story, the style just wasn't for me.
As for the narrator - it may have been easier to tolerate the southern accent and style of writing without the overemphasis from the narrator. I often became distracted by her and had to pick up the normal version of the book periodically. I could also usually tell when there was a major break between reads because the narrator had a hard time picking back up the accent of whatever character she was reading in the same tone. I would momentarily become confused and think that she was narrating a different character. When she was on a roll or wasn't getting too far into the southern accent, I quite enjoyed her voice and her narrating style.
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