Author: Jus Accardo
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication Date: Nov 2011
Classification: YA Novel
Summary from Goodreads:
When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet, seventeen-year-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity to piss off her father by bringing the mysterious hottie with ice blue eyes home.
Except there’s something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the shower, is overly fascinated with things like DVDs and vases, and acts like she’ll turn to dust if he touches her. It’s not until Dez’s father shows up, wielding a gun and knowing more about Kale than he should, that Dez realizes there’s more to this boy—and her father’s “law firm”—than she realized.
Kale has been a prisoner of Denazen Corporation—an organization devoted to collecting “special” kids known as Sixes and using them as weapons—his entire life. And, oh yeah, his touch? It kills. The two team up with a group of rogue Sixes hellbent on taking down Denazen before they’re caught and her father discovers the biggest secret of all. A secret Dez has spent her life keeping safe.
A secret Kale will kill to protect.
I have been wanting to read this book for a while now since many people seemed to be saying great things. I always look forward to reading books that are by smaller publishers or self published and I feel a lot of great bloggers were raving about this book when it came out.
I have to say when I started this book I liked the main character Dez and some of the side characters but I’m not completely taken with the male lead. Dez is a strong willed girl who never likes to play by the rules. Her sole goal in life is to piss of her father by doing anything she can. This includes making her dad mad about the fact that she brings home some random boy from the woods named Kale. Kale is quite and doesn’t seem to really understand the world around him. He is shy and seems a little stupid at first, a little slow to understand life around him, but he packs a lot of power and he has a big heart once you get to know him. However, little does Dez know that bringing home Kale will start a whole chain of events that she can’t help but get tangled up in.
The storyline was something that seemed at one point unique and original and yet at another turn it didn’t feel quite special enough for me. It was a good plot that was surprisingly darker than most with all the violence and killing that the kids working for the organization had to do. It was interesting to see the powers that certain people had and see who was on what side. It was also great that Kale and Dez got to have some more older teenage moments, I would even say that this book might be a little like a New Adult genre book instead of just YA. However, while the plot was interesting I felt there should have been more. I got a taste for what was going on but I needed more. I guess I’m just impatient to learn why this all started and where it is going, which isn’t a completely bad thing to want more.
Overall, I did like the characters and the plot but to me it was just missing something. I can’t even really put my finger on what I was missing. I was entertained but I didn’t fully connect with the book. Maybe once I learn more about why the organization exists and what their main goal is and who they are always sending out “agents” to kill I will like the book more. Plus I feel like Kale could use a little more personality beside just being a boy lost in a new world. Hopefully I will get what I’m looking for in the second book.