Book 1 of the tetralogy. Sci-fi that isn't just for boys! A riveting paranormal romance, Fluorescence is engaging and unabashed - a coming-of-age urban fantasy unlike any other.
It lives in her bloodstream. It's unpredictable and could flare up anytime, exposing her secret. Alice was a normal teenager until a dying race of aliens chose her and a handful of others to preserve bioluminescent DNA known as Fluorescence. Now she and the others must hide their condition from the rest of the world, while trying to learn the truth behind the living light.
In a unique genre all its own, Fluorescence is a striking blend of audacious young love, fantasy, and sci-fi.
Each full-length novel in the series is narrated by a different character, driving the story forward in a new and exciting way. It evolves from a quiet beginning into a gripping saga exploring the real-life limitations encountered while harboring a volatile secret.
Novels in the complete Fluorescence series:
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What impressed me most was the depth of the characters. Sure there is the mystery of the colorful glow that came out of nowhere to upend Alice's world, but the writer made me care about her and her friends as much as the sci-fi elements. There is plenty of high school drama that somehow managed not to bore me. I could totally see this as a series on the CW network (and, for the record, they have all of the best series on TV these days). I'm a little older than the targeted demographic, and was concerned that I'd find the usual whiny teens who acted unrealistically—but that was not the case.
I listened to the audiobook and was left wanting more when I finally heard the words “The End”. Speaking of the audiobook, this one was read by the author. That can be a mixed bag. Sure, the author knows the story and characters better than some random narrator, but narrators are usually actors who can bring the characters to life more successfully. Well, in this case I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the acting by the author. She really brought the characters to life with not only unique voices, but lots of nuance. And her delivery had a lot of emotion, never losing her energy. The fast paced scenes were frantic and helped you experience the stress the characters were under.
A good story and a good delivery make this one a winner.
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