Title: The Search for Artemis (The Chronicles of Landon Wicker, Book 1) Author: P. D. Griffith
Publisher: Gryff Publishing, Ltd.
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Action-Adventure
The Search for Artemis is a well-paced, enjoyable story that hooks you from the beginning and keeps you reading.
Blurb: Fifteen year-old Landon Wicker is psychokinetic, but the tragic unleashing of his abilities forces him to run from everything he knows. He finds solace, however, in the company of hundreds of psychokinetics like him when he’s brought to the Gymnasium. Forced into a life where people don’t just see–but control–the world around them and teenagers lift city buses with a thought, Landon struggles to accept his new reality and the guilt over his painful secret. But everything changes when a chance encounter with a mysterious girl propels him on a hunt for answers. Uncovering dark truths the Gymnasium would do anything to keep hidden, Landon must choose where his loyalties lie.
The story has strong similarities to Harry Potter and Forbidden Mind by Kimberley Kinrade, but this doesn’t diminish the fact that the author has woven these elements into something well worth reading for young adult audiences, both boys and girls. Landon’s character is well fleshed out and established early on. The settings are well described without being overdone and the plot is flawless. For the most part, the story is well-written in immediate, engaging prose.
There were a few copy errors, and a couple were pretty poor; ‘They’re’ instead of ‘their’ and ‘slinked’ instead of ‘slunk’. However, the file I read is months old, so these are hopefully fixed by now. The real issue was the head-hopping. There wasn’t a great deal of it; and some of the changes in point of view were well enough done and long enough that the reading still flowed smoothly, so they weren’t an issue. However, the short jumps in point of view were simply unnecessary and muddied the scenes, thus lowering their impact. It’s like speeding along a nice straight road with fabulous scenery and suddenly there’s a huge bump in the road. You’re jolted out of the story.
I would love to give this 4 stars and a place in the Awesome Indies, but I can’t unless the above faults are fixed. It’s still a good read for young adult readers though.
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