Before she was kidnapped, Jillian Marie Antel Blairington was just an average bright, brave, headstrong child. She was excited for life in a new house with her Momma and new Daddy. Afterward, she's all that...and so much more.
Held in a scientific facility, Jillian discovers her past - a family she never knew and a power she doesn't understand. With her ability now activated, she can enter and even shape a person's dreams. Jillian's been kidnapped, and her Gift has been triggered, so she can locate and save Benjamin Connelly, a brother she never even knew she had. She'd better master this strange ability quickly, though, because her life isn't the only one at stake.
Her babysitter Danielle Matheson is being held as a hostage to ensure Jillian's full cooperation. Slowly, Jillian begins to learn more about her captor and the other genetically altered children held at the facility. Join Jillian as she tries to survive the training being forced upon her, find her unknown brother, escape with Danielle, and work her way back to a normal life once more.
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Loved it and did not want it to end!
Kristin Condon is one of the best narrators I have listened to and I typically run through 4-5 audiobooks a week. There wasn't one character where I felt the need to cringe at the narrator's portrayal of them. :-)
Amazing character development from Julie yet again.
It is very hard for me to choose just one character that I loved. As this is the second of Julie's books I have read/listened to I loved Nadia in the first and Jillian in this one. I started out reading the book and then switched to the audio version as I was leaving the house. I was amazed while reading at Julie's character development and how I could almost see and hear Jillian talking in my head. Quite often the actor chosen to portray a book character disappoints me or the narrators voice portrayal disappoints me, but I was definitely not disappointed here. Jillian came to life through Julie's words and Kristin's voice.
Laughing, crying, anxious, needing to share with everyone I talked to about how much I was enjoying this book. My first LOL, and yes I really did laugh out loud in the middle of the restaurant I was in ( boy do people look at you funny), was when Jillian starts describing Dr. S...she says..."she meets with me every week just to talk for an hour. It's real nice of her 'cause I'm pretty sure no one's paying her, and she's certainly the type of doctor people pay a whole heap to see all regular like."
When I first started the book I was not sure if I liked how everything was told as a submission to the mysterious Dr. S., but as I progressed through the book I had to admit that Julie just really knows what she is doing and that the method made for a much more in depth story.
- CG Cruzen
Intriguing story with enduring message
I enjoyed the smooth transition of the narrator, the musical transitions placed between sections which fit the tone of the story, and the voice tone of the narrator/voice actress. Her voice is pleasant to listen to.
I appreciate the enduring message of the story, that goodness is worth pursuing. While it's a classic theme, I believe it is important in this day and age to present it with a perspective coming from a mixture of sci fi/fantasy and young adult in familiar settings (typical settings such as suburban life, school, family issues).
Her versatile tones, smooth transitions, accent impersonations did not seem forced, but natural. I enjoyed her portrayals of the main characters' personalities by making them believable, and not just theatrical
- Jenny S