I have recently been editing a book, Alana Siegel’s The Retreat, and decided I would share my views on it.
The second book in the Olivia Hart and the Gifted Program series, this book is as well written and as captivating as the first. Following the lives of gifted teenagers, you watch them grow up as they learn to deal with problems – both relating to their gifts, and normal teenage dilemmas. You find yourself living the experience with them, empathising with their issues; only some of which we can relate to. Written in first person, this frame work makes it easy to connect with the main character but often detaches you from the supporting cast; which doesn’t happen here. While reading it I had to keep a box of tissues handy as I found myself crying whenever Olivia’s boyfriend hurt her, yet I could still empathise with Max when he was torn up about his sister. This book is so gripping you are dragged into the story and become unable to put it down. This book ends on a cliff-hanger, and it kept me up half the night wondering what came next – I even caught myself trying to make it up so I could get over it and get some sleep!
I am currently on tenterhooks waiting for Alana to write the third book in the series so I can find out what happens to this brilliant cast of characters next.