I have recently finished reading “Wild Talents Book One: The Gathering” by Scott Sherman.
Wild Talents Book One: The Gathering – Scott Sherman (via Amazon)
The blurb reads:
“You’d think the ability to read minds would be a gift, but, if it were, high-school student Angelica Jones would like an exchange. Being a sixteen-year-old girl is stressful enough without knowing your insecurities are justified. Thanks to her talent, she knows her mother thinks she’s a slacker, her principal has some highly inappropriate fantasies about her, and pretty much everyone thinks her football-hero boyfriend is way too hot for her.
If not for her gay best friend, Carlos, who has a surprising talent of his own, she’d think she was going crazy. With all this pressure, it’s no wonder she has nightmares, so vivid and frightening she’s afraid to sleep. Things get worse, though, when she learns her nightmares are more than harmless dreams. Classmates become enemies, strangers become allies, and Angelica becomes the center of an ancient struggle that may determine the fate of the world. Kind of puts the SATs in perspective doesn’t it?
Along with Carlos, Angelica joins forces with her totally hot classmate Giovanni, her mysterious and mystifying mother and some surprising others to fight the approaching doom.She doesn’t know the true nature what she’s about to face, but she knows one thing: she better figure it out quick. There’s only one thing standing in the Big Bad’s way and, heaven help us all, it may be Angelica, her improbable, awkward group of friends, and whatever wild talents they may have.”
This a great little book because the teens have fascinating powers which they are learning more about through this book. It’s interesting that the teens have so far managed to avoid being found as having these powers, because otherwise things could get unpleasant.
Angelica is a bit of an outsider and so is Carlos, but together they make a great team, keeping each other in check. They both attend a private school, with Angelica being rich and Carlos having a scholarship. Angelica seems to stay very grounded despite the wealth of her mother, who is determined to get Angelica to dress up more and act more like the rich girl she is. Angelica is happy the way she is, but all the while wonders why her mother is so protective of her(she has a house with security and a limo at their beck and call). We discover that an incident when Angelica was younger is the reason her mother is so obsessed with security, and it also turns out to be part of a bigger problem which ties in with Angelica’s powers.
Carlos has secrets of his own, and despite the two being good friends, Angelica doesn’t really know much about him. He is a fascinating character too, with his ability to talk to machines, bringing about the idea that machines have minds of their own.
They soon come into contact with another peer who has powers as well, and the three join together in friendship to work out what is causing strange things to happen, as they start to question the motives of their parents and others.
I love how they can communicate silently in their heads through a psychic connection provided by Angelica, so they can talk to each other privately. It is also interesting how one seemingly secondary character becomes the one who tells them about their purpose and the future roles they will play. We also discover that many more secondary characters suddenly reveal their own powers, and wonder just how many of these people there actually are!
I give this book 8/10 because it is a great start to the series, and gives a good background to the characters. I love the story with all its twists and the mystery underlying everything happening. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!
Note: I read this on Kindle.