Pemberton Academy is not just a school, it’s a gathering place for the children of the future that are afflicted with Temporal Displacement and Telepathy; in short, time travelers and mind readers who have been diagnosed with this “disease.” The Academy is not all as it seems after an explosion nearly takes one of its classmates, but not before Carter Gabel rescues her by using an unknown symptom related to his described illness. An unsanctioned group called the Program begins taking notice as the two classmates exhibit stronger abilities when they are together. Carter’s sense of reality begins to unwind as he learns more about his estranged father’s involvement with it all.
Carter will have to overcome the past of his father leaving, the present of an unknown adversary hunting him down and a future that seems to change with each decision he makes. He will have to learn who to trust out of the people in his life if he wants to conquer the looming notion that the government may be hunting him down because of his developing abilities.
I had a lot of fun reading this book. It was really difficult for me to put down because I was so interested in the fate of the characters that Jonas Lee has created in this book. Carter is funny and relatable which made this book an addicting read. That and the constantly moving plot.
From the very beginning, this book sucks you into this world that seems so much like our own but with the slight difference that there are those who are able to time travel and read minds. We get to follow the action through the perspective of Carter as he learns that there are so many things about his powers that he never knew, and that this knowledge could lead to danger for him and those he cares about. We watch Carter and Mo struggle with figuring out the nuances of their powers while finding out that in order to survive, they have to grow up faster than they would like.
I found that despite the fact that this book was quite short, Lee was able to both create a world and characters that you could care about better than some books do with a larger page counts. The only thing that I wish was a little more developed was the relationship between Mo and Carter. While I did like their relationship, and thought that they worked well together, the book moves so fast that some aspects of their relationship seem a little rushed. I would have liked to see a little more of Mo before the drastic events that bring them together rather just the one short story on how she got her nickname.
Other than that, this was a pretty solid book, and I enjoyed every minute I read it. I read it in two sittings solely because I had to go to class. Otherwise I would have read it in one. I highly recommend it to anyone in the mood for an exciting read. The second book in the series is coming out in February and I’m excited to see what will happen next!