Author: Tamara Rose Blodgett
Series: Death #1
Publication Date: March 31, 2011
Almost fifteen-year-old Caleb Hart is a Cadaver-Manipulator in the year 2025.
When teens receive a government-sanctioned pharmaceutical cocktail during school, paranormal abilities begin manifesting... making the teens more powerful than the adults.
After Caleb discovers he has the rare, Affinity for the Dead, he must do whatever it takes to hide it from a super-secret government agency whose goal is exploitation.
Caleb seeks refuge in his new girlfriend, Jade, until he realizes that she needs as much protection from her family, as he does from the government.
Suddenly, Caleb finds that hiding his ability while protecting Jade and his friends is a full time job; can he escape the government, protect Jade and lose the bullies that are making him miserable?
Let me start off by saying thank you to Tamara for the e-copy of Death Whispers. I actually had the book on my TBR list prior to winning it, so I was super excited to read it.The story is set in the not too distant future when pubescent kids may or may not develop a paranormal ability, all thanks to government intervention. Sound fun? Not so much. When Caleb discovers he has one of the rarest abilities, all hell breaks loose. Turns out Caleb has Affinity For The Dead (AFTD), which means he has a connection with the dead, and as the highest rating AFTD, he can actually raise and control them. The government wants Caleb to “work” for them, and will stop at nothing to get a hold of him. Thankfully he has a great support system who have some powers of their own to back him up.
As a mom of a 14-year-old son, I completely understand the whole teenage boy thing. It made me laugh at points because it would reminded me of my son and his friends when they were a little younger. My favorite character was Jonesy. I think almost every group of friends has a Jonesy-ish type… the ones who are unfiltered and comes up with crazy ideas.
The Pulse technology in the book was a nice touch. Imagine not needing to actually write or type; just touch and think. Even better, not having your phone call eavesdropped on because you can think the conversation. I’m always interested in how authors who write books that take place in the future, how creative they get and make it their own.
Overall, it was a good book and a nice start for an Indie writer. The second book in the series, Death Speaks, will be release August 15th.