Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Conduit - by Stacey Rourke

The Conduit is about three siblings whose lives will be changed forever. Starting with the death of their father things had just gotten worse. From Gabe’s loss of his football scholarship to the break-ins in their neighborhood things just weren’t looking up. Their mom being the only parent around decided it would be better to send the kids to a small town in Tennessee to their live with their Grandma. Yet little did she know that’s where things would take a real turn; but for better or worse was the question?

One of my favorite things about this story is the fact that when the characters all do get their powers they don’t just immediately accept it and know what to do. It is a slow build-up of acceptance and understanding. In fact two of my favorite parts are all about the sibs either being scared or freaked out about what’s happening to them. When Celeste first finds out about herself before the others have any clue about what’s going on, she freaks and tries to run away from the one person who can help her. That piece was written perfectly. You could feel her freaking out and understand where she was coming from. It gave you a connection with the character because it made her actions more real. There aren’t many people who would just accept that kind of occurrence. The second part is when Keni has just come in after being lifted off the ground while kissing Keith. That’s when all of them really clue into what’s happening and boy is Celeste in trouble for knowing about anything initially. Again you see where the wonderful writing gives you real interaction that would exist between siblings. The defiant younger sister and the ticked off big brother, yet both of them protective of their youngest sib, I love it!

The backstory in this is wonderful as well and really gives you an understanding of Alaina and the things she has dealt with and seen. It tells you that these kids aren’t just getting powers for no reason and that this is something in their lineage. I don’t know if it is just the wonderful way that Stacey weaves the tale or if I would feel this way about all books but I just love that there is a reason for it all and not just random act of kids getting these supernatural powers. Honestly though if that were to happen, of all their powers I would want Gabe’s. It just seems the most amazing to me. It would be interesting to see who different people identify with and whose powers they would choose.

I have to say I am eagerly awaiting the sequel and loved every minute of reading this one. Stacey you write an amazing story Kudos to you =}

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