Rayne is adopted, worse than that she is a disappointment to her parents and mocked by her peers. Living as she does in the dawn of The Rebirth Period, she should have gained a talent in the first hours of her second year. But she didn’t. She can’t talk to animals or strengthen the growth of plants or heal other humans like everyone else. She has only one friend, Rafe, who is three years her senior.
Then, in the early hours of her 17th birthday, she gains her talent. Something unheard of. Rafe and her parents both counsel her against telling anyone. Then the next day she gains another talent, something else that has never happened, and her world spirals out of control.
Quoleena Sbrocca is an excellent world builder. The reborn planet she describes is vivid and beautiful. The plot has some great twists and develops well and the characters feel authentic. I really liked the authors use of formality in the way they spoke but it did slow the flow a little and some might find it a little annoying.
I read this just after I read The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, a book with a huge amount of publicity that seems like it’s the next big thing in the YA market. This book is definitely it’s equal, sadly, as it’s by an independent author it might easily sink without a trace.
But you can help, order it (it’s only 99p on kindle) read it, and if you like it share it with other people.