When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet, seventeen-year-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity to piss off her father by bringing the mysterious hottie with ice blue eyes home.
Except there's something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the
shower, is overly fascinated with things like DVDs and vases, and acts
like she'll turn to dust if he touches her.
It's not until Dez's father shows up, wielding a gun and knowing
more about Kale than he should, that Dez realizes there's more to this
boy, and her father's "law firm," than she realized. Kale has been a
prisoner of Denazen Corporation -- an organization devoted to collecting
"special" kids known as Sixes and using them as weapons -- his entire
And, oh yeah, his touch? It kills.
The two team up with a group of rogue Sixes hellbent on taking down
Denazen before they're caught and her father discovers the biggest
secret of all. A secret Dez has spent her life keeping safe.
A secret Kale will kill to protect. --Goodreads
While I enjoyed this book, it reads like a checklist of an action-adventure/science-fiction movie. Plucky heroine? Check. Brooding guy with a dark secret? Check. Evil organization with an agenda? Check. But despite the cliches involved, it is a fun book and an easy read. I wasn't a huge fan of Deznee throughout the book. She rubbed me the wrong way and I kept wondering what it was about her that made all the boys fall over themselves. Because she is, frankly, fairly abrasive. And Kale is so blank. There is very little to his character except to growl menacingly at anyone who threatens his woman and to become fascinated at everything about Dez or the world in general. A little more character development would not have been amiss for anyone in this book.
The action never stalled though and that was good. Because really this is an action based book. Dez moves from scenario to scenario trying to figure out how to save Kale and her mom from Denezen and how to deal with her bad guy dad. She does a great job figuring out what to do next. And she really does kick ass in her own right. The book ends with a typical cliffhanger and while I enjoyed reading it, I doubt I will continue on with the series.
Published: November 1, 2011