3 out of 4 stars
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Opaque is an exciting, adventurous novel by Calix Leigh-Reign, the first book in the Scion saga. It follows the story of Adam, a teenage boy who discovers that he’s a descendant of humans with mutated genes. These enhanced genes give him and other descendants supernatural abilities. For centuries, the descendants have been the target of a group of evil Russian scientists, known as the Iksha, determined to eliminate them and harness their powers.
The story starts quite slowly and focuses on the relationship between Adam and those around him. Adam wanders around detached from most people in his life. This changes when he meets Carly, the new girl in school. The book explores the teenage couple’s relationship and delves into Adam’s heritage, as he learns more about his powers and the growing threat posed by the Iksha.
I loved the connection between Adam and Carly. Their characters complemented each other very well, and it was refreshing to see them deal with real relationship issues. The bond between them grows as they give each other complete honesty and trust. Carly also helps Adam open up and let go of the darkness he possesses at the start of the book. However, I think the development of their relationship was rushed. The couple became close after a handful of brief exchanges and one proper conversation. They quickly began spending every possible moment with each other. I would’ve preferred a bit more of a progression to their relationship.
One thing that initially made it difficult to get into the story is the writing perspective. The book is written in the third person, present tense and the author switches between the points of view of multiple characters. This interrupted the flow of the story, as I struggled to know whose perspective was being represented. Once I got past this, I found the book to be thoroughly enjoyable and full of surprises. Most of the questions I had were answered by the end of the book, although the author expertly kept me in suspense.
I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The first half of the story was a bit confusing with the third person present tense portrayal of the characters. While the story had a slow start, the second half had me hooked with all the revelations about Adam, Carly, their families and the Iksha. I felt happiness, sadness and everything in between alongside the characters. The author brings these emotions to life wonderfully. I would recommend this book to young adults who are fans of romance, adventure and the supernatural. I would not recommend this book for readers younger than 13, as it explores subjects such as incest and sexual assault, as well as containing a few explicit scenes and some swearing.
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