Millions have already died, and thousands more are perishing daily. As a last ditch effort to preserve the human race, the government implements Project ELE. With the earth heating at rapid speeds, all remaining survivors are forced to turn to F.E.M.A. shelters to wait out ELE's wrath.
Fifteen-year-old Willow Mosby's life, as she knows it, ends the moment she walks through the shelter's door. Willow has to quickly adapt to the new challenges that shelter life demands, the least of which includes making new friends and working a full time job.
Soon after making an interesting discovery, Willow and her friends start exhibiting strange abilities. Seeking answers, they embark on a mission to find out what these new abilities mean and whether they are a gift or a curse.
This new adventure can send her world crashing down around her.
The question is: Can Willow survive the fall?
UGGGHHH so like a dumbass I went and read the other books' synopsis. SHE-ADHFADHGOAWDHGAIODHFOFBGJFDNAJKDAFJKDSFBJK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I loved this young adult book and actually found it in a bundle giveaway on Amazon! Turns out, I've read Rebecca and Courtney's work before, as they're also the authors of the Night Marchers (slowly reading that one...).
It starts off with Willow standing outside in the heat with her dad, mother and four-year-old brother as they await to be taken into the FEMA shelter. Days pass before they're allowed to be tested, but unfortunately, her little brother doesn't pass. :( Her mom stays back with Sebastian while Willow and her dad continue on, though it took a long time before they agreed to split up. This part was so sad to me, because I have a new little bro now and I LOVE my mum and I'd just- ugh, I'd DIE if anything like that ever happened to my family! I seriously wouldn't know what would happen.
She and her dad are given jobs, and we find out later through her dad that there are two types of people in the shelter: the rich who bought rooms and don't have to work, and the people who are allowed in and thus have to work the place to earn their keep. Willow befriends Connor and Claire, and a little after getting her job assignment as a runner, she also befriends Alec, aka her seventeen-year-old boss.
They start crushing on each other, and eventually the four go on an adventure and wind up finding a secret cave. They play in the water and all that jazz, and days later, after Willow and Alec's date in another, newly discovered cave, their eyes start to change. A red hue forms a little in her left eye, and Alec develops blue in both of his. And then the freaky stuff starts happening. She can hear everyone mumbling. She can hear thoughts. Alec can heal, and when her two friends find the same cave they did, they also develop powers.
The thing is, though, Willow is collecting their powers. With each exposure to what they can do, a new color shows up in her left eye, as well as their ability. Zack, a rich snob they met earlier in the shelter, reveals- *snort* -to her that he has the power of compulsion, and gets her to trust him into finding out about just what is going on with them.
Now, let me just say: Zack is one fine bad boy, but unfortunately he's seriously fucked up. :/ *sigh* (Note: Zack's got a sister that isn't as crazy as them) Long story short, Zack and his dad lock her friends up in a cave and blow up the entrance. She escapes the psycho men with the use of her powers and manages to find her dad, only to have to leave him, as he realizes the real danger she's in. She tries to find her friends, only to find a message in the cave: an arrow, pointed at a wall.
She goes out, and comes across two groups of people: those with red eyes, and those with yellow. It ends with them fighting, and one of the yellow-eyed people falling, and her shouting-
Inteeeennnnssseeee! I love this so much. It was fast-paced with some slow scenes that I didn't have the patience for, romance, drama, suspense and a little requirement of detective work. It was a nice, well-rounded "the whole package" kind of story that I have been so desperately craving for.
Willow is a pretty mature girl yet still holds true to her age. The only things I didn't like were when she lied to her boyfriend, Alec, but at the same time, I can understand that. Claire is adorable in her shyness and reminds a lot of how I was, which is probably why I'm biased towards her. Connor is perfect for her and is such a teddy bear/guy. There were a few cheesy, stereo-type scenes like Connor saying "that's hot" whenever Claire and Willow hug, lol, but at the same time, it's endearing.
I recommend this read. It's dystopia with some family values and yet still has the ability to center Willow's life around other kids her age, which I also like. The characters seemed fine to me, they weren't one-dimensional. But ughhhh- I'm so pissed right now. I read the other books' futures and I so did not see where this was leading to. T__T It's like Ignite all over again! Aiiii!!!
Happy Reading :)