By: Kenchi Udogu
Length: 209 pages
Published: October 28th 2013
Mastering her Progressive Empath abilities isn’t going as well as Gemma hoped. In fact, months after finding out what she really is, she still has no clue what this truly means. All she can do is wait to see if any new abilities will eventually manifest. Things aren’t going great with Russ either. Unsure of how to handle her Sentient Link with him, she tries to integrate herself in his busy social life but struggles to adjust to her new circumstances.
When she is plagued by recurring nightmares, Gemma realises things are changing and knows she has to do something, fast. The arrival of two sets of strangers in town, both offering the much needed assistance she needs to unearth her powers, escalates the situation even further. Gemma attempts to decipher whose intentions are genuine, but does she have enough time to figure out who has her best interest at heart?
I didn’t think that this could get any better, but it has. This is just a remarkable book that is flying under the radar. I guarantee that once you pick it up that you will be like me and be unable to put this down.
The story picks up with Gemma rejoining Russ and learning to intermingle with his friends, training her powers and finding a new possible alliances and enemies all while trying to maintain a normalcy of a teenager girl. Talk about having your plate full.
The juggling of supernatural versus realism is fantastically drawn that you can appreciate Gemma in both forms. Her relationships and her growths are strongly exhibited within the storyline which solidifies my unity with her.
As I thought the book was going to suffer from second book syndrome, (which tends to happen especially in trilogies) I found that Sentient had so much more wonder trapped within its binding. The plot thickens, the hero’s work, the villains came out with claws. But who is to come on top was left a mystery and hopefully all will be revealed in the final installment (Keepers) which I hurriedly jumped too.
As things began to smooth out for Gemma, Udogu added new characters to stir the pot once more. The character development was spot on, the personalities remarkable, but the underlying question still lingered “Who should Gemma trust?” Allegiance were formed and broken and formed again, and they will not disappoint. The return of past characters added the and extra sweet treat with the methodical twist that just left my jaw to the floor.
Kenechi Udogu writing style is superbly written and will leave you beyond flabbergasted with the story that you just read.