Friday, December 9, 2016

Book Review of Gypsy by Trisha Leigh

Goodreads Summary: Inconsequential: not important or significant. Synonyms: insignificant, unimportant, nonessential, irrelevant

In the world of genetic mutation, Gypsy’s talent of knowing a person’s age of death is considered a failure. Her peers, the other Cavies, have powers that range from curdling a blood still in the vein to being able to overhear a conversation taking place three miles away, but when they’re taken from the sanctuary where they grew up and forced into the real world, Gypsy, with her all-but-invisible gift, is the one with the advantage.

The only one who’s safe, if the world finds out what they can do.

When the Cavies are attacked and inoculated with an unidentified virus, that illusion is shattered. Whatever was attached to the virus causes their abilities to change. Grow. In some cases, to escape their control.

Gypsy dreamed of normal high school, normal friends, a normal life, for years. Instead, the Cavies are sucked under a sea of government intrigue, weaponized genetic mutation, and crushing secrets that will reframe everything they’ve ever been told about how their "talents" came to be in the first place.

When they find out one of their own has been appropriated by the government, mistreated and forced to run dangerous missions, their desire for information becomes a pressing need. With only a series of guesses about their origins, the path to the truth becomes quickly littered with friends, enemies, and in the end, the Cavies ability to trust anyone at all.
Goodreads Rating: 4.1 stars with over 200 ratings
Genre Listing: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
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 Book Review: 

Gypsy by Trisha Leigh is one of the books I found for free on Kindle forever ago, and I never got around to reading it. Surprising, I know. This book was ok, not great by any stretch of the imagination, but entertaining enough.

I think what kept me reading was the concept of the story. A bunch of kids live in this rundown plantation and are subjected to a series of tests and experiments because they each have unique abilities. Unfortunately, I think this is one of those cases of good idea, bad execution. The Cavies all have code names that somewhat have to do with their abilities. The main character, Gypsy, is able to see when people die just by touching them. Interesting enough idea, but she only uses it a handful of times in the entire story, and most of it's by accident because she avoids her ability.

The majority of the time she's struggling with trying to live a normal life and figure out the secrets surrounding her existence. The mystery behind the Cavies existence is interesting enough, but I wanted to read more about her using her ability. After awhile, the mystery gets dull. Who can they trust? The Government or the "Olders?" It tries really hard to be this sci-fi espionage story but just gets ridiculous after a while. All of these kids are apparently super geniuses and know how to plan an attack on an unknown government agency. It's all a little repetitive.

I didn't feel like Gypsy/Norah was an unusually strong character, but that could be because the entire book was just planning and trying to get information. She seemed kind of robotic to me, and the only time I got a sense of her emotions was if she was swooning over Jude, Dane, or Mole. Apparently, all three of these ultra-perfect boys are in love with Gypsy/Norah, and of course, she has no idea. Her comparrisons to all of the movies she watched got annoying. I rolled my eyes every time she mentioned things not being like how it was in Mean Girls or Bring it On.

The thing that bothered me the most about this book is the way that it ended. It lacked an ending. Sure, it segway's into the next book, but it felt more like a cliff-hanger for the end of a chapter than anything. Beyond that, I was just relieved when it ended because now I can move on to something else. Interesting concept, but I didn't feel for any of the characters or the great "mystery." I don't have any desire to read the next book in the story.

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