Liam is an ordinary fifteen year old teenager, or so he thinks.
Returning home from the boarding school that he attends, Liam
finds his home trashed and his parents missing. In the days
that follow, Liam's life and his understanding of reality
are tested and torn apart. As he slowly pieces his life together
Liam discovers that he too has a secret, a secret that could
be dangerous to him and others...
is the new book by Nick Gifford, who also writes more adult
novels under the name of Keith Brooke. Published by Puffin
Books, the novel is aimed squarely at the male teenage market.
Its basic premise, of a young man who holds powers of which
he is unaware and who has a destiny, is as old as the hills.
To a more adult well-read audience this may seem like just
another rerun of that old chestnut. As this isn't the target
audience, it may not be a problem for this book.
The book is well written with some nicely rounded characterisations,
but you can't help but get the feeling that there is not enough
that is original in the book. I kept reading passages and
thinking that the background and plot lines were too reminiscent
of other novels and films. Still, there is often little that
is truly original these days.
does a good job at engaging the reader in Liam's journey of
discovery. The villains aren't of the pantomime type, so that
suspense is maintained throughout. One really good element
of the book is the level of paranoia which Gifford sets up
in the book. The continual messing with Liam's head is a good
plot device which allows the author to release information,
whilst at the same time making the reader question its voracity.
not a great book, but then any novel that encourages young
people to start reading science fiction can't be all bad,
moreover it's set in England and not a lot of Sci-Fi can say
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