2 out of 4 stars
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Adam has been an outcast his whole life. He feels awkward and uncomfortable around other people. To Adam, other human beings are animals. Just the smell of another human being angers him. He does his best to blend in with society but is tempted to harm others. He also harbors an inappropriate affection for his mother. He knows what he thinks and wants is wrong, but is unable to curb the darkness inside of him. Until Carly Wit enters his life. Adam's whole world is about to change the minute he lays eyes on her.
Carly Wit is in hiding. She is a member of the Descendants, a race of humans that have special abilities. Accidentally using her powers in public, her family is forced to send her away or risk the Iksha finding her. The organization is determined to eradicate all Descendents. Shipped across the country to California, Carly now lives with her Aunt. When she meets the arrogant and standoffish Adam, she is wary of the attraction that begins. But as they grow closer, Carly understands why Adam never fit in with society. He is a Descendent. Adam will begin to combat the darkness inside himself and learn the extent of his abilities. Together Adam and Carly will have to keep their friends and families safe from the Iksha.
I wish I could score Opaque better, but there were too many errors to be able to score it higher than 2 out of 4 stars. Every chapter seemed to have either extra words or missing ones. The beginning of the story is also deceiving to the rest of it. I'm a fan of twists and turns in a story, but there wasn't enough of a build up for the twist to have any effect. The story also starts off as a fast-paced, interesting read focused on Adam, but loses momentum halfway through and draws away from the main character.
Reading how much Adam struggled with containing his rage towards others was intense. The reader can clearly see his internal struggle. Adam knows he shouldn't hate humans and he should not be attracted to his own mother. He is simply unable to stop himself. You are kept on the edge of your seat witnessing the rage that spills over and the dark choices Adam makes. He tortures himself with self-doubt and you wonder if he can redeem himself. His story arc starts off strong, but when Carly enters the picture, it starts to die off. The story draws away from Adam's inner struggle and you are no longer able to see the development from inside his mind. You become a bystander looking at him through Carly's eyes.
When Adam begins to fall into the background, I started losing interest. While learning about the different abilities and clans of the Descendants was great, I wanted more Adam. The book still centers around his abilities and development, but it lacks details. He also rapidly changes from a darkly disturbed boy to being what appears to be a perfect boyfriend. A change like that shouldn't be instantaneous.
There was also a rush of new characters about halfway through the book. So many that I could not keep their names or purposes straight. Calix Leigh-Reign also has a tendency to head-hop with characters. I didn't mind switching between thoughts mid-chapter for Adam and Carly, but I could have done without all the surface thoughts of minor characters. It just wasn't important information for the story.
I think the story should have focused on building up the Descendents and Iksha world. There wasn't enough time spent focusing on how the two groups lived and their history together. It seemed that as soon as the Descendents were brought to light, the story jumped into battles and all-out war. I didn't have enough time to like or dislike members of the Descendents. I couldn't even figure out why they behaved as they did. I would have been happy just having a story focused on Adam and Carly. Book two could have then introduced more of the struggle between the two groups.
I would recommend this book to fans of sci-fi with a heavy dose of romance. It is suitable for young adults, as the relationships in the novel are intense, but still acceptable on a younger level.
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