Author: Laurisa White Reyes
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: Contact, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: I simply loved Contact--a well-written, spine-tingling thriller from a debut author! I can't wait for the sequel!
This book was given to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Can you imagine a world where mental illnesses like depression and schizophrenia are entirely eradicated? Well now, thanks to the new wonder drug, Gaudium, these things are possible. The daughter of one of the creators of Gaudium, Mira has a very strange ability: Skin to skin contact makes it possible for her to see inside your mind. Considered crazy by most after the second suicide attempt, she is angry and wants to die to save herself from emotional pain. But when she discovers that people have died as a result of prolonged use of the drug, Mira begins to dig deeper.. And when she realizes that she may be more closely connected than anyone involved, she realizes she may have to risk her very life for the truth to come out..
What I enjoyed:
-I liked the premise of this novel--it seems that telepathic teens are a dime a dozen these days, but this was different
-Mira, the girl struggling to rein in her telepathic abilities, and all the while trying to find the way to the truth--her character development was rich and real and I really felt for her throughout the whole book
-David, the boy Mira almost unwillingly allows into her heart--their romance was sweet and I really felt for them both--I was cheering for them through the whole book
-The pacing--The twists and turns of this book left me breathless and I couldn't put it down--it was a definite nail-biter of a mystery for me
-Mira's parents--her dad, the golden politician, and her mother, who truly loves Mira and it shows--they were really great characters too
-Dr. Walsh, who truly wants to help Mira
-The ending--it was perfect and I can't wait for the sequel!'
What could've been better:
-At times, Mira's dad really annoyed me with his distance
Overall, Contact was a great mystery, and all I have to say is: More please! Next on deck: The Undelightened by Bentz Deyo!