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Romance and action come crashing together in Susan Adrian's Tunnel Vision in which a teenage boy with incredible powers is brought to the attention of the government.
Jake Lukin just turned 18. He's decent at tennis and Halo, and waiting to hear on his app to Stanford. But he's also being followed by a creep with a gun, and there's a DARPA agent waiting in his bedroom. His secret is blown.
When Jake holds a personal object, like a pet rock or a ring, he has the ability to "tunnel" into the owner. He can sense where they are, like a human GPS, and can see, hear, and feel what they do. It's an ability the government would do anything to possess: a perfect surveillance unit who could locate fugitives, spies, or terrorists with a single touch.
Jake promised his dad he'd never tell anyone about his ability. But his dad died two years ago, and Jake slipped. If he doesn't agree to help the government, his mother and sister may be in danger. Suddenly he's juggling high school, tennis tryouts, flirting with Rachel Watkins, and work as a government asset, complete with 24-hour bodyguards.
Forced to lie to his friends and family, and then to choose whether to give up everything for their safety, Jake hopes the good he's doing—finding kidnap victims and hostages, and tracking down terrorists—is worth it. But he starts to suspect the good guys may not be so good after all. With Rachel's help, Jake has to try to escape both good guys and bad guys and find a way to live his own life instead of tunneling through others.
"Tunnel Vision is a high-impact, fast-paced spy novel that explores the ever-present governmental conflict of questionable acts justifying the greater good." --VOYA
"Readers who have a fondness for thrillers and spy novels are going to thoroughly enjoy this well-crafted and exciting debut title. The plot is full of surprising twists and it is interesting to see how Jake copes with his changing circumstances." --lookingglassreview.com
"Adrian has crafted a tension-packed spy novel about a likable teen with a special power and his equally likable family and friends. Twists of plot, kids outsmarting the bad guys, and a relatively low-tech but fascinating superpower ratchet up the action to a bizarre conclusion that begs a sequel. With a grandfather that would make Richard Peck or Joan Bauer proud, and government goons, male and female, who morph between good and evil with a single look or comment, this is a must-read." --Booklist
"This YA novel is a heart-racing thriller set at full throttle from the opening page, and it never decelerates. Fans of Cory Doctorow and Anthony Horowitz will consume this title with a passion and will excitedly anticipate a sequel." --School Library Journal
"Debut author Adrian offers a refreshing spin on the suspenseful spy novel with brisk scenes, adrenaline-fueled cliffhangers, and a sympathetic protagonist. There is much to savor in this thriller." --Publishers Weekly
"Danger, intrigue, a dash of romance, and a good, hard look at ethical dilemmas--a pretty complete package." --Kirkus Reviews
"Thrilling, emotional, and fast-paced, Tunnel Vision proves once again the responsibility and difficult choices that ride alongside special powers. Jake's secret talent will grab you and suck you in right from the beginning." --Julie Cross, international bestselling author of Tempest
"Tunnel Vision is a fantastic debut combining the spy genre with compelling characters, heartfelt relationships, and the struggles of a teen boy in way over his head. This is an exciting story that kept me guessing all the way to the end!" --S.J. Kincaid, author of the Insignia series
"An exciting mix of thriller, espionage and super powers, Tunnel Vision is sure to please even the most reluctant reader. Jake will quickly grab a place in your heart as you turn each page with anticipation." --Lish McBride, author of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
"Very compelling and un-put-downable; a terrific story!" --Patricia Briggs, New York Times bestselling author of Bone Crossed--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
SUSAN ADRIAN is a 4th-generation Californian who somehow stumbled into living in Montana. As a child she danced in a ballet company and read plays dramatically to blackberry bushes. Later she got a degree in English from the University of California Davis and worked in the fields of exotic pet-sitting, clothes-schlepping, and bookstore management. She's settled in, mostly, as a scientific editor. When she's not hanging out with her husband and daughter, she keeps busy researching spy stuff, learning Russian, traveling, and writing more books. Tunnel Vision is her first novel.--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B00LDRARW0
- Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin (20 January 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 731 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 321 pages
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The plot is okay, though similar to other stories that have appeared in both sci-fi and fantasy. A teenager who has a secret power is discovered and now that the secret is known, has to attempt to keep himself and his loved ones safe. Thankfully, Ms. Adrian doesn’t employ some of the clichés that these other books use, such as insisting on filtering the story through a secondary love plot that seems to take over the story. Yes, Jake Lukin is an ordinary teenager who does experience angst over a girl, but their relationship is a minor element through most of the book.
The use of first-person present tense, clumsy in the hands of many, comes off fairly smoothly and adds a measure of immediacy and danger to the writing. We also receive up-to-the-second evaluations of the action from Jake, and he provides the motives of the other characters. These elements were the five-star items of the book.
The ending felt rushed, and there was an error that extended from a previous chapter into the final pages. While it wasn’t enough to ruin the story I questioned why the author, who had presented a well-written story up to that point, would allow this to slip through. The strength of the book up to that point will probably convince me to buy the second book in this series. I am not normally a reader of YA and was happy this was better than what usually finds its way into my reading pile. Recommended. Four stars.
This book also has some great secondary characters, and I loved Jake's sister Myka and his grandfather Dedushka the most. It seemed like Dedushka, was going to be more of a comic relief character, but he added a lot of depth and perspective to this story. Although the character who surprised me the most was Eric. I like that his story arc added complexity to the overall book, especially in terms of the uneasy situation Jake gets himself into. To that end, I appreciated that we were able to see both the benefit and danger of an ability like Jake's, and why people would want so much to be able to use it. But it makes Jake so incredibly valuable and coveted that it completely alters his life too.
We do eventually get some answers about the origins of Jake's tunneling ability, which is pretty cool and also freaky. I was worried it would be a random phenomenon at first, and I don't really like supernatural abilities that have no context, but Jake's ability to tunnel ends up having an intriguing background. If this story continues into a series, I'd love to find out more about this element.
For romance fans, this book contains a very mild love story, which was sweet, although it was not central to the plot. It is present in the beginning and then picks up again later, but sort of abruptly. I'm always a fan of the inclusion a love story element, but I do wish we'd gotten to know Rachel better. However, I did really like what we saw of her. Especially that we were able to see reasons why Rachel and Jake are a good fit, in that they compliment and work together well.
I do very much home we will see another book about Jake to come! There's a lot left of this world that I'd like to explore. But I enjoyed this as a standalone if it stays that way.
Love Triangle Factor: None
Cliffhanger scale: low but great potential for more story.