Edgewood (Edgewood #1) by Karen McQuestion
From bestselling author Karen McQuestion—a brand new, spellbinding novel.
The night Russ Becker witnesses a strange astronomical event, his world changes forever. Before long Russ discovers he's developed incredible superpowers, and he’s not the only one. Three other young people—beautiful Mallory, arrogant Jameson, and mysterious Nadia—have had the same experience and all of them now have powers of their own. Mallory can control peoples’ minds, Jameson moves objects with his thoughts, and Nadia has empathic abilities.
At first the four relish their newfound gifts, but things become serious when they learn they are being hunted by an organization that wants them for its own nefarious purposes. When Russ’s family is threatened, he’s forced into action. What transpires will change all of them in ways they never imagined.
Edgewood was an alright read, but I think I might have enjoyed it more had I been younger. It is very much a book for kids and it was a bit too simplistic for me to really love.
Russ has problems sleeping. Every night, after everyone else is asleep, he goes out walking. He doesn't know why he does it, he just does. Until one night he sees a light falling from the sky and everything changes.
After the light falling incident he meets three other teens who wander the nights like him. They are all geniuses and have special powers. At first he is a bit skeptical, but soon his own powers start to show up. There is a bad organization who seems to be hunting people like him down and some grown ups who seem to be on their side. There is a lot of Russ trying to figure out what is going on and being smitten by the one girl who is just kind of blah. Really the other kids weren't developed as well so it was hard to really know them. It was an okay read, but these kids are not the smartest. Russ is always going off not really seeming to care about the danger involved.
Russ' voice was also off to me. He would think things or say things in a strange way at times. It didn't really seem like a 15/16 year old boy. Really I felt like the kids were younger, but then that makes some things more difficult. Like having one of them be able to drive them all around. If they are 12 that obviously cannot happen. While reading I just felt like they should have been 12/13 instead of 15/16 as that is how they seemed to be acting. It was alright, but I didn't love it.
The ending was a bit strange as well. There is a big scene at the end which was not as fun as it should have been. It was just like oh, okay. Again in that scene Russ is a bit stupid and annoying. He has powers yet in critical times he seems to forget that he does. I just didn't like reading his voice that much.
There was the first chapter of the next book at the end of this one and that is from Nadia's point of view (Nadia is one of the other kids with powers). I enjoyed her voice much more than Russ'. It made me think maybe I will go read the next one to see what happens, but I am not sure that I actually will. We shall see. Overall an okay read. It probably would have been better if I were younger.
Rating: ★ ★