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.
My rating: 5 stars
Deznee is a seventeen-year-old rebellious risk-taker. Basically ignored by her cold, aloof father, Deznee enjoys pushing his buttons in her sometimes desperate attempts for attention. She is a thrill-seeker, and deliberately encourages gossip revolving around her less-than-stellar reputation. For ten years, she also has hidden a secret.
After having been chased for hours by a group of men determined to catch him, Kale falls down a short embankment literally at the feet of Deznee. Exhausted, he begs her for her shoes. Thinking it will annoy her father, Dez brings Kale home with her. Her father, however, reacts much differently than she ever expected.
Kale and Dez escape, but as the net closes around them Dez learns some horrifying secrets, and Kale gets a taste of freedom unlike anything he has ever experienced. Dez and her friends conspire to keep Kale safe, and try to come up with a plan to rescue some others also being held against their wills. But, when Kale is re-captured, Dez devises a cunning plan to save him.
Electrifying in its intensity, beautifully executed, this novel is non-stop action from the first page to the last sentence. It is chock full of a diverse group of characters, almost all of whom have special gifts or powers. Because their abilities can be attributed to a mutant strand of DNA on the sixth chromosome, they have been nicknamed sixes. Genetically enhanced even more than their parents, this second generation of sixes is proving to be quite disruptive. The vivid characterizations and world-building begun in this novel further enhance the already engaging storyline. I am thrilled that more adventures are in the works.
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