Sixteen-year-old Marci Guerrero is one of the best teen hackers in Seattle. However, she’d give up all her talents to know she isn’t crazy.
Marci feels possessed by what she perceives as shadowy spectres that take control of her body and make her do crazy things. While spying on the clandestine group known as IgNiTe, she’s confronted by the leader, James McCray. His presence stirs the spectres inside her brain into a maddening frenzy. Her symptoms and ability to control them don’t go unnoticed by James, who soon recruits her and shows her the awful truth.
Half of the world’s population is infected by sentient parasites. They bind themselves to the human brain and replace the pathways for all thoughts and actions. The creatures then morph their hosts into grotesque monsters with extraordinary strengths. Winged, clawed, fanged half-humans become living nightmares. Now Marci wishes she was crazy, because the truth is worse.
She’s infected. (Summary and book cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion courtesy of Xpresso Book Tours.
This book was awesome. I normally am NOT into aliens/hosts or things like that at all, but this book still managed to win me over. It was like “The Host” meets supernatural powers, which was an awesome combination. James really bothered me in his refusal to tell more intially, but it did work well to see how things were slowly revealed. I wouldn’t say this was a drawback so much as my impatience to see what was actually going on.
Marci was a well-developed character. Her progression and development throughout the book was realistic and gave her a relatable aspect behind the tough-girl exterior. Her family situation is a little twisted, but I think we’ll learn a little more about that in the sequel when it comes out. As a warning, I will say that there are some questionable moral situations in the book (I can’t say more without revealing anything else), but if you can let that go for a moment this is an action-packed book that will definitely have me interested in continuing the series.
Warning: Contains violence
Rating: 4 stars!
Who should read it? Science fiction fans looking for something with a modern day context mixed with a little superpowers.