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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Review: The Rising by Heather Graham and Jon Land

The Rising by Heather Graham and Jon Land
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Tor Books
Publishes today! 1/17/2017

Alex Chin, a white boy adopted by his Chinese parents, is a football star looking at a bright future. He dates the head of the cheerleaders, is looking at multiple scholarships and is looking forward to his future after high school. His tutor, Samantha, prepares for her internship with NASA and has secretly harbored a crush on Alex. During a football game, Samantha's iPad gets stolen by a stranger in the bleachers while Alex gets into an accident on the field that sends him to the hospital. His test results are suspect and he finds his doctor murdered in his office. Samantha finds Alex's parents dying in their house and per the last message from his mother, runs to Alex to then run with him. They have no idea who their attackers are or what they want as they chase answers that were buried deep in his past.

This book is a sci-fi thriller with YA undertones. The chapters are short and the book is addicting to read. Very fast paced and keeps you interested from page 1 with an anonymous letter. I loved the Terminator-esque feel the story and what we learn of Alex, how he came to be adopted and why. It's a fascinating story line and as a science lover, the intricacies that were told throughout the book kept me engaged - but just in that part of the story. Unfortunately, I felt like the YA/romance part felt off - it didn't really fit in - a bit choppy and forced. It almost would've been better (for me) had it been set in their adult lives or kept the romance out - especially as there appears to be another book coming out where it could've been expanded on there. I typically don't mind a hanging ending, but I wish this one had closed out. Still a good read for those who want a little romance in their sci-fi and a theory on life beyond our world.

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