4 out of 4 stars
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Opaque by Calix Leigh-Reign is a brilliant fantasy young adult book that kept me glued to the pages to the very end. Truth to be told I actually finished it in record time but then regretted it because it left me hanging and wanting more!
The story revolves around Adam Caspian, the main protagonist and a gloomy but highly intelligent teenager who resents all people (seeing them as animals with repulsive stenches) and struggles with his own personal demons including a very strange obsession with his mother. Things start taking a turn when he meets Carly Wit, the new girl in town and they found themselves strangely attracted to each other from the word go. They soon discover the reason for that attraction: they are both descendants of a biologically evolved group of humans who possess extraordinary abilities and glowing limbal rings. Whereas Carly has known about her heritage her whole life and had time to develop her abilities, Adam has been oblivious about his. Both their abilities, as well as the other Descendants’, get tested and exhibited during some nail-biting clashes with the Iksha scientists who purposely try to acquire those said abilities, by any means necessary.
Both characters evolved immensely throughout the book, the pace was well set and the author’s brilliant writing style had me spellbound as she described the setting in minute detail thus sucking you into the story and had me feeling like I was standing right beside them the entire time. The riveting twists and turns the plot took, along with all the characters that were introduced throughout the book, kept me on that rollercoaster ride.
Initially, the summary piqued my interest but I could never in a million years imagine that I would enjoy reading the book so much. If I might be so presumptuous, I would like to borrow from the characters’ abilities and “predict” that Calix Leigh-Reign has a great future ahead of her as a promising author and it is for this reason that I happily award 4 out of 4 stars.
I found the book extremely well-edited with only minor errors. Because of the disturbing sexually-orientated thoughts and actions of Adam, especially in the beginning of the book, as well as some violence towards the end, I would not recommend the book for younger children. However, I think both teenagers and adults would thoroughly enjoy this book and I look forward to reading the rest of the series myself.
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