YA Science Fiction
336 pages, hardcover
Available now (January 2013)
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Review copy provided by publisher via BEA
Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them.
Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.
Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.
Secret government projects? Genetically enhanced teens living in glass cages in a farmhouse basement? A black ops branch of agents out to "save" the world? Yes, please.
Enjoyable and fast-paced, the majority of this story takes place at a run. A literal run. Once the four boys and Anna escape probable death at the hands of the men in black, they're on the go, trying to figure out who they are, why they were created, and what to do about it.
This need to follow the clues leads to some seriously *headdesk* moves (why, oh why would you go into enemy headquarters, people? You're five kids. They're armed, trained secret agents. Not the best idea, y'all!) but the action certainly doesn't let up.
The dynamic between the boys was intriguing and throwing Anna in the mix just stirred things up between them all. All in all, it was a crazy ride. One I'll gladly rejoin when the next book in the series comes out.
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