Friday, October 28, 2011

Death Whispers by Tamara Rose Blodgett

Almost fifteen-year-old Caleb Hart is a Cadaver-Manipulator in the year 2025.
When teens receive a government-sanctioned pharmaceutical cocktail during school, paranormal abilities begin manifesting... making the teens more powerful than the adults.
After Caleb discovers he has the rare, Affinity for the Dead, he must do whatever it takes to hide it from a super-secret government agency whose goal is exploitation.
Caleb seeks refuge in his new girlfriend, Jade, until he realizes that she needs as much protection from her family, as he does from the government.
Suddenly, Caleb finds that hiding his ability while protecting Jade and his friends is a full time job; can he escape the government, protect Jade and lose the bullies that are making him miserable?

My review:
4.5 stars

In Death Whispers by Tamara Rose Blodgett the human genome project has been finished and some amazing things were discovered.  Human beings have the ability to harness paranormal powers!  With this discovery the government becomes much more involved in everyone's lives as certain injections to help trigger these powers become mandatory.  There are various types of power, but the rarest of all is affinity for the dead (AFTD).  Caleb is a normal eighth grade boy, hanging out with his friends trying to find the courage to talk to the girl he likes.  That all changes in biology one day when the frogs they are dissecting begin speaking to him and he passes out.  Still wanting to be normal he tries to hide his powers, but the specialized testing to determine the gifted kids will soon out him to the world.  

The story of this book was fantastic.  The thought that because his power is so rare and powerful that the government was going to snatch him away from his life and make him a virtual slave to their will provided a lot of motivation for Caleb's family to try to find a way to hide his talent.  Even the fact that Caleb could be taken away from everything he knows however doesn't change that fact that Caleb is an eighth grade kid who just discovered he has some amazing abilities.  He gets himself and some of his friends into trouble in a way that is totally believable for a kid to do.  

The only real issue I had was the story being told through Caleb's eyes.  He was well written and the dialogue pretty realistic for a kid his age, but there were times it got a little old.  The system of powers and the sorting of them was ingenious.  It is relatively simple so you don't need three glossaries to cross reference everything and understand, but it is a very complete system.  This is a series that I will follow to find out how Caleb harnesses his powers and to learn more about the other abilities as well.  Very well done especially for a first time author.

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