I was pulled into Liz’s story from the very first page. The story flows smoothly with an engaging, likable protagonist who is pitted against forces that conspire to harness her power and use her talents for their own purposes. With terrific pacing, believable dialogue, and a mesmerizing voice, this book rises well above the norm in its Young Adult Paranormal Fiction genre. The secondary characters are as just as entertaining – creepy to contemplative - as the main cast. The story is vibrant; brimming with tension and a smattering of intrigue. First Touch ranks as one of my favorite reads this year.
Liz has the exceptional ability of knowing someone’s entire history with just a single touch. She goes to extraordinary measures to avoid accidental “downloads”, and truly just wants to have an ordinary life. Liz, ever resourceful, and her loving father, have been on the run for several years, successfully (for the most part) evading both a shadowy, fringe government group and an evil, outlaw coalition with their own agenda. Now, though, in the small community of Pound, West Virginia they are finally forced to make their stand.
Liz Hannigan has been on the run since she was twelve years old.
Her mother is dead. Her father has lost his job. And thanks to an experimental procedure, Liz is now able to ‘download’ the contents of every brain around her with a simple touch. Forced to hide from both the federal government and a darkling group of morally deficient scientists known as the Coalition who are determined to exploit her abilities, she moves with her father to the bucolic coal town of Pound, West Virginia.
But the hunt for Liz and her abilities hasn’t ended, and her hopes for peace are shattered when she inadvertently downloads the enigmatic Carey Drake, whose unusual good looks and charm conceal a secret as shocking as her own. Stunned by the knowledge that she has found someone else with extraordinary abilities, Liz finds herself drawn to Carey, discovering a deep attraction and dares to hope for the first time she might find love.
But when an agent of the Coalition begins stalking her, Liz must find a way to work with the government agency she most mistrusts as she strives to build a longed-for normal life and evade the agent who has tracked her down. Caught up in a struggle to save herself and those she loves, the girl who sees all is blind to true danger until it is too late.
Plus Novel - 70,000 - 99,999 Part of a series, but can stand alone.