In The Terminals, Royce Buckingham tells the riveting story of a covert team of young, terminally ill teens who spend their last year alive running dangerous missions as super-spies for an organization that may not be all it seems.
When 19-year-old Cam Cody is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he expects to spend the rest of his shortened life in an adjustable bed. Then one night, a mysterious man offers Cam one chance to join a covert unit of young "terminals". They are like him, only they spend the last year of their lives executing exciting and dangerous missions to make the world a better place. With nothing to lose, Cam is in. A helicopter flies Cam to a secret tropical location, where he's tossed out with a parachute and an instruction manual. After a rough landing, he meets his nine teammates. The other terminals don't seem sick; Zara is beautiful, Donnie is an amazing athlete, and Calliope sings like a bird. He soon learns that they're enhanced with an experimental super steroid TS-8, which suppresses their illnesses' symptoms and heightens their physical and mental abilities. It's also fatal if taken for more than a year. Cam joins this extreme spy team, and they begin pulling dangerous operations in multiple countries. As his teammates fall around him, he starts to receive cryptic messages from a haggard survivor of last year's class hiding in the forest. She reveals that the program isn't what it seems, leading Cam to question whether any of them are really sick at all.
I HAD to give the Terminals a chance. I just finished Buckinghams 'Impasse' and enjoyed it very much. The reviews for Terminals were not glowing and warned that you 'had to leave your disbelief at the door', but I went ahead and got this book anyways.
I'm sorry to say that for the most part this book sucks. I'm giving it three stars because I like the author. I'll give his future work a chance and I felt that this story was so far removed from Impasse, it goes to show a mature breadth that Buckingham has as an author. Im excited because it shows Buckingham is not a one track writer and that he will take risks in the future. The writing style is above average for the genre story tellers. It moves along at a nice clip.
Downers: The plot is totally insane. I couldn't see the characters doing a lot of what transpires. The characters are two dimensional. They don't grow. The story is laughable in many regards. Things don't happen as they logically should. The world built here is placed on such a flimsy structure, it breaks early and you can't get beyond a sense of disbelieving betrayal by the author. This is one of those manuscripts that should have gone unpublished.
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It's such a unique book, with a very different storyline. I completely loved the characters, especially cam. it was completely different then what I expected. such a action packed story!!! I enjoyed it so much and I'm sure u will too.
Great read! Looking forward to the next one!
There has to be another at some point! I will get his adult book next.