Mind splinters – the awakening, by A J Donnelly

The start instantly pulled me in; I wanted to find out more about this kid Max, and his interesting abilities.

 

It would benefit from some editing, but you soon forget that as the story progresses.

 

Max has the extraordinary ability to read minds, but with that it brings other abilities that at times he cannot control – his seventh sense, being able to move objects and people by just willing it.

 

A sinister turn occurs as another girl, Maya, appears in the story. She also has special gifts, but is taught by a sadistic man that uses his own gift for evil purposes.

 

There are quite fascinating and detailed aspects to the ESP and telepathy; easy to get caught up in the world, and the unique abilities of all these children that are brought together in order to abuse their gifts for another purpose.

 

This story reminds me a bit like the television series the ‘Tomorrow People’, except the characters in this novel are children, only twelve or so. Although the teachers and some of the other characters come in as well.

 

I was surprised how immersed I got into the story. The characters all add to the fascinating plot. The author successfully creates a story that doesn’t seem unrealistic. The darker force behind it adds to the drama.

 

I enjoy how the author writes, travels in an easy flow. Little bits and pieces that anyone that likes the world of telepathy etc will find it very interesting. Even though I’m not a big fan of all that, I found it a good read. I do prefer novels to move at a faster pace with a bit more action, but this novel doesn’t drag, I certainly didn’t get bored even though there wasn’t much action.

 

The underlying subplot of children going missing allows an interesting back drop, and keeps the pace up.

 

Although the characters are children, I don’t think this novel is just for teenagers; it’s a light read from a lot of the gory or thriller-type novels. A little bit difficult to connect to the characters at first, appearing as a typical day for a school-age boy, with Max’s ability to control certain aspects of other people adds a different spin to it.

 

When he too goes missing, the Professor, along with some other students have to find him telepathically, discovering something that all thought was just a myth.

 

A satisfying ending, although not the end for the adventures for these children. Kids will love this novel… and maybe even some adults.

 

4/5 stars

Link:  http://www.amazon.com/Mind-Splinters-Awakening-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00EI4HBVU/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1400533797&sr=1-1&keywords=mind+splinters#_

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