It's a typical night for high-school senior Jack Danielson. A star football player, he just broke the league rushing record, celebrated at the local diner, and got shot down (again) by his girlfriend. Jack feels he's having "the most normal senior year a guy could have" in "the most normal little town in America". He couldn't be more wrong. His football exploits were featured on the television news, and now he's in terrible danger. Jack learns his mom and dad are not his real parents. In fact, everything he knows is a lie. The truth is, Jack's a powerful guardian from the future sent back to prevent an ecological disaster. But now the Dark Army knows how to find him - and they're coming fast.More
"Klass enters exciting and provocative new territory with this sci-fi thriller." (School Library Journal)
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- Judy Griffith Gill
Was Talked into Leading a Book Talk on This
When trying to think what I liked best about Firestorm, I sadly can't recall anything that really stands out. I liked that they didn't use the typical "unbelievably well-behaved" stereotype for the teenage character, but I didn't like that they went for the "horny pervert" teen male stereotype instead. I liked that you couldn't always quite tell how things would work out, but I hated the deus ex machina pulled at the climax. I liked that it was written with thoughts to expand the novel's universe in a series, but I disliked the lackluster "ending" to this part.
I was persuaded to do a book talk at a school where I taught science for a couple years. I was given this book because it "has all of that sciencey stuff you like, right?" In a lot of ways, I think the problem was that this book tried to do too much of that "sciencey stuff" and did a lot of it poorly. I like time-travel stories, but that connection was forced and poorly explained. I like mutations, but those seemed over-the-top. I even like nature, but the vague "I want this to look like it has some ecological perspective" brow-beating and the "we can't actually do anything about the destruction of the environment without magic" climax send mixed messages and ultimately seem to be weak excuses for plot devices.
The students and I ended up discussing better literature and the concepts of time-travel ignored here. The only thing we all seemed to like was the "stream of consciousness" writing style which did help the pace.
No, I consider it to be a weak imitation of good science fiction.
Honestly, his performance was the only thing that made this book bearable. I picked up the audiobook as I had a busy schedule where I would be doing a lot of driving and could "read on the way." Ramon de Ocampo kept a great pace and enunciated clearly. His "female" voice needs work, but that gave me a good laugh at its sheer creepiness.
Yes, to avoid reading anything else written by David Klass.
Save your money/credits; there are much better Young Adult novels on Audible.