Thursday, May 10, 2012
Review: Talented by Sophie Davis
Reading Level: Young Adult
First in the Talented Saga
*this book was gifted to be by the author in exchange for an honest review*
In a futuristic setting, life on Earth has turned upside down. Due to the Great Contamination - and the leaking of nuclear waste resulting in nuclear contamination - a generation of children with abnormalities are brought into the world. Some, though, are slightly weirder than others. They are the Talented. Whether Morphers, Light Manipulators or Telekinetics, these kids are taught to hone their abilities and make use of them under the protective eye of the government. To use their Talents for good. But all Talia wants is revenge.
Talia joins the Hunters, in the hopes of one day killing Ian Crane - the man who had her parents killed before her eyes. But she has a lot to learn. With help from Hunters Erik and Henri she trains to become what she believes will help ease the pain inside. A thousand question run through her head: Who is she really hurting? Is Donovan, her life-long friend, her true love? Or is Erik, her right hand man? Is revenge a dish best served cold? And most importantly, is the government really protecting the Talented...or is there something sinister occurring behind the smiling facades?
A action-packed H.I.V.E-like adventure, about a group of teenagers who aren't afraid to embrace their fears and fight for what they believe.
Going into Talented I really didn't have any idea what it was about but I soon figured it out and was completely wrapped up in it. The concept is like nothing I've ever read. It's like an awesome dystopian world plus superheroes in it or in this case the 'Talented'. The story follows the main character Talia who is training to become a Hunter but not for the reasons most people would-she wants revenge and becoming a Hunter is the only way she can think of getting it. I though this was so interesting to read about and I never wanted to stop reading. There was so much action, romance an awesome futuristic setting and small hints at rebellion.
Talia was an amazing heroine. She knew what she wanted and didn't stop until she got it. Even when horrible things (or people yes you know who I'm talking about) got in her way it just made her work even harder. Donovan really annoyed the crap out of me. Sure him and Talia were cute at the beginning but I thought he was pushy and it seemed to me all he wanted to do was argue and he was very possessive of Talia. I just didn't like him. On the other hand Erik-one of her trainers-I loved from the beginning. He was funny and sweet and I could totally tell that he liked Talia. I was waiting (hoping) for her to ditch Donovan and be with Erik as mean as that sounds. I'm not going to say if I got what I wanted or not but I will say that some very crazy stuff happened and some things changed. Her other trainer Henri was hilarious. I adored him. Her best friend Penny was awesome. She was there when Talia really needed her and I loved her hair. Can she be my best friend? (Sorry Jasmine you just don't have bright red hair)
Whenever Talia got one of her assignments it was always so fast paced and action packed. Especially the last one. I totally didn't see it coming and I rushed through it until it was over. All in all I thought this was a kick-butt dystopian that I would highly recommend. I loved every page of it. I need to know what happens next for these characters. Especially Erik :) I'm also hoping for more world building. There's so much to expand on. I can't wait to read the sequel.