Summer Reading List Evo Nation

EVO Nation by K. J. Chapman

“The government tortures her, her own kind uses her, and she is learning the true meaning of ulterior motives. Teddie Leason has been dragged into the festering underbelly of the secretive world of EVO. A world about to be blown wide apart.

Now, the reclusive teenager who couldn’t get upset without her unruly ability causing destruction has to somehow embrace her gift to save her new friends and her new love.

Will the actions of one man fuel a suppressed, supremacist cult’s desire for war and vengeance, or will Teddie be strong enough to stop him?”

I shall be careful not to give away too much. If you do decide to read any of the ‘reviewed’ books I wouldn’t want to spoil the ending for you, or give away any other major plot twists, so I’ll try to be as vague as possible. However, these won’t be completely spoiler free so if that bugs you stop reading here.

What I thought:

Teddie Leason is a teenage girl with telekinetic abilities, meaning she can move things with her mind. There are many others like her with similar abilities – for example, people who can bend fire to their will or have telepathic abilities. It’s this world’s equivalent to magic – however, unlike most books with magic people can’t control everything if they study hard enough. You get one gift – telekinesis in Teddie’s case – and no more. There are some people with two abilities but they are very, very rare and unless I’ve missed something no one has more than two.

People like her are known as EVO, meaning they are evolved humans. Of course, living and growing up like this hasn’t been easy on her or her mother. The government feels threatened by people like her and wants to control them for their own gain. This is where the story begins, with Teddie being on the run from the government, and failing to escape. She is brought to a facility where others like her are researched and killed if they don’t cooperate or aren’t useful enough. Needless to say it’s an oppressive, prison-like environment, and soon Teddie and her new friends plot their escape – only to end up in a place very pro-EVO set on starting a war with all non-evolved humans.

There are plot twists at every turn. Every time you think you know what’s going to happen something either goes wrong or is revealed and changes everyone’s plans. And don’t trust anyone. There are a lot of characters who aren’t who they say they are, or who you misjudge. Since the book is told solely from Teddie’s perspective it’s easy to be mislead and get the wrong idea.

Throughout the book Teddie makes the first friends of her life, loses people she cares about, falls in love and has to make some tough decisions. Above all she is loyal to her new friends, which causes her to make some decisions you may not agree with but she’s not a bad person. She wants to survive and protect her friends as much as the next person, but she’s not a natural killer. The ending was very well written and gripping, and has me excited for book two.

The plot is sound and very well thought through, the character development is well done and the plot twists will have you suspicious of every move. Just when you think you can trust someone they will prove you wrong. Just when you think they are save, someone will kill your favourite character. The last few pages hold a lot of promise for book two, which I’m very much looking forward to and can only recommend book one in the meantime.

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