“They killed your father. They’re killing me… The Ormond Singularity. Don’t let it be the death of you too, boy! Get out! Get away! Hide and lay low until midnight December 31st of next year. You don’t know what you’re up against. Listen to me! Please! 365 days, Cal. You have 365 days!”
One day Callum Ormond is just a 15-year-old school kid.
The next — he’s a hunted fugitive.
And life promises to get worse.
Before his father died, from a mysterious virus, he sent Cal drawings and letters — all mysterious and puzzling. At first Cal doesn’t think much about them…until his Uncle Rafe starts acting strange, and then he gets a phone call from a nurse who says she knew his father… Should he trust her or not?
What is the Ormond Singularity anyway?
And why are so many people desperate to know?
They’ll do anything to Cal to make him talk — even if he doesn’t know the answers.
He has 365 days to escape death.
January is already looking pretty grim…
In My Opinion…
Author: Gabrielle Lord
Genre: Junior Fiction
My Rating: 3 Stars
I picked up the book half out of curiosity — half because I had thoughts for writing a similar book myself. I read a few reviews, comments and ratings, and then settled down to read the thin, paper-back kids-thriller. I wasn’t overly impressed.
Sure it has excitement, a fast moving action pace, mystery-galore, suspicious characters, guns, sharks, helicopter rescues, and a minute-by-minute account of the happenings to keep you hooked… But I felt the book lacked depth. In my opinion, the action lacked feeling, the characters seemed shallow, and there were a few too many “unrealistic” scenes. At one point, Cal was locked in a closet in his kidnappers’ house, supposed unconscious, but actually listening in at the ruffians’ conversation. Why were they conversing outside his door anyway?
All in all, the book had great potential. The story line promises to keep the reader glued to the page — never letting up the action for a minute. There are huge mysteries everywhere you look. Written in first-person, the reader gets a bird’s-eye view of Cal’s life, including his thoughts (though, regrettably, not many of his feelings).
If you’re looking for a quick read, some promising action, and mystery, then I recommend this book. It’s geared towards kids from 10 – 14, and, no doubt, they’ll thoroughly enjoy the novel. And remember, don’t take the “Reviewer’s” word for it. Try the book and make up your own mind!