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When agoraphobic Gabe and his outgoing nemesis Jessa go on a moonlit road trip to locate Gabe's missing brother, the two teens discover they are both hiding unnatural abilities: Gabe is a living lie detector and Jessa is a kick-ass powerhouse pretending to be a delicate diva. They find him with Deacon, the twisted eugenicist responsible for their unusual powers. He encourages them to stay and join his "Family" where they'll be able to live openly as the genetically-modified freaks that they are. When Jessa and Gabe uncover the truth about Deacon's past--and what he wants for the future--they band together to stop him. Watts, however, might have other plans . . .
With an abundance of shamefully unoriginal YA books flooding the market, it is always uplifting to come across a gem like Outshine, by author Nola Decker. A rather intriguing mystery with a SF bias, Decker cleverly weaves the thread of her intriguing plot from the alternating perspectives of her main protagonists, Jessa and Gabe. Each distinctly original, she certainly understands her audience and ably captures the personas of her young characters through well observed dialogue and timely expression, with the ever present thematic qualities of perseverance, courage and determination to the fore. They are, of course, common devices in a YA novel, but Decker adds notable depth to her tale with subtle social commentary on the evolution of genetic engineering. It’s woven into the foreshadowing of darker events, even in the book’s happiest moments, encouraging the more inquisitive of her readers to consider the implications of an ever evolving science.
Well-crafted and entertaining, Outshine makes for an engaging read which rightly raises high expectations for future novels by Nola Decker. It is certainly recommended.
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