The first time it happened, Lali Yavari told herself it was just a dream. But when she starts flashing between realities during the day and seeing people disappear before her very eyes, she can't deny that something is happening to her - something she's sure is linked to her mother's disappearance.
Then the unsettling Kai Awana shows up at school, and Lali discovers she has inherited her mother's ability to astral project - with a surprising twist. Not only that, but Kai needs her help to get to a world she never knew existed. In exchange, Kai promises to help Lali find her mom using his own unique ability.
Now Lali must learn to control her budding power if she ever hopes to see her mother again. She's not sure she can trust Kai, but with her mother's life hanging in the balance, will she have a choice?
"Debut author McPike crosses large family dynamics with tightly conceived superpowers to maximum effect. McPike succeeds in telling an emotionally jagged tale while setting up the rest of the series.... An intriguing story driven equally by plot, characters, and angst." (Kirkus Reviews)
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Overall good, but some parts seem overdeveloped
I'd get to the point faster. The beginning just drags on. There's to much information with some glimpses of the overall story, but it wasn't interesting enough to stick with it.
To some of them, yes, to others that are less patient, no.
I can't remember his name, but the best friend that owns a truck was great.
Yes more or less. McPike is a good storyteller, but it was just slow for me.
Maybe in a couple years I'll revisit it and change my mind, but for now, I just stopped about 1/3 in. It's good. The performance and words are good, just right now for me this doesn't appear to get to the point.
- Walt Snider
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