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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and honestly - I really liked it! Since you've probably not heard of it, here's a description:
Work has always come first for 16-year old Socket Greeny's mother, especially since his father died. But when she shows him the inner workings of the Paladin Agency, he discovers why it's so important. It's an underground world of technological wonder including bat-like grimmets, spherical servy-mechs and humanoid butlers with brightly lit faceplates. They traverse the planet through wormholes to keep the world safe, but from what, they won't say. Although his mother is not actually a Paladin, and neither was his father, both have worked for them for most their lives. Socket, however, is different than his parents. He somehow is a Paladin and soon finds himself in the center of controversy and betrayal when he's anointed the agency's prodigy. He didn't ask for the "blessing" of psychic powers and the ability to timeslice and he doesn't want to be responsible for the world. He just wants to go home and back to school and be normal again. But, sometimes, life doesn't give us that privilege, his mother tells him. And when the world is soon threatened and the Paladins are forced into the public eye, Socket discovers what his mother means. If he doesn't embrace his true nature, life as we know it will change forever.
I found it original and fun.
If you like video games, you'll like this book. I felt like I was plopped right in the middle of a game, and it grabbed me right from the start and kept me interested through the end.
It's sort of sci-fi/fantasy, with some cyberpunk elements. It's fast-paced, original and fun. Definitely a young adult novel; if you liked The Maze Runner, you're likely to enjoy this too.
I thought some of the writing could use a bit of finessing, but it didn't detract from the storytelling which was well-done and entertaining.
I'm definitely interested in the next book in the series.
4 virutal realities out of 5
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