Release Date: June 23, 2014
Publisher: Hallowed Ink Press
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Rating: 3 Stars
From Goodreads: Mira wants to die. She’s attempted suicide twice already, and failed. Every time she comes in contact with another person, skin to skin, that person’s psyche uploads into hers. While her psychologist considers this a gift, for Mira, it’s a curse from which she cannot escape.
To make matters worse, Mira’s father is being investigated in the deaths of several volunteer test subjects of a miracle drug. Shortly after Mira’s mother starts asking questions, she ends up in a coma. Although her father claims it was an accident, thanks to her “condition” Mira knows the truth…but proving it just might get her killed!
Review: Mira Ortiz is in the hospital, yet again, for another suicide attempt. She just wants it all to go away– the memories, feelings, emotions, etc… from touching other people. She realizes that she has always had that feeling of reading ones emotions, but since she recently was immunized with the drug, Gaudium, it has become more enhanced. As she’s leaving her therapist’s office, she trips and falls over David (She literally falls in love with him). Days later she bumps into him again at one of her father’s functions. He’s vying for Governor, and is also under investigation for things that happened over 16 years ago with his pharmaceutical company (It’s a long story). The next morning she finds her mother unresponsive in her bed, and Mira’s life becomes chaos afterwards. She figures out things about her father and soon begins to put more pieces together, but she really has no idea who is behind the madness that is her life.
I really wanted to love this, I really did. Mira was so naive and gullible, it made me sick. One minute she was getting to the truth (sort of), and then she was berating herself for thinking the things she was thinking. In the end, it mattered, but not while trying to put the pieces together concerning her life and the mysterious gift she has. I can say that, if you read this book, don’t trust any revelations because in the end, you will be surprised. I was like, seriously? David is a great guy, with his own secrets. I actually liked his character more than Mira. For the most part, the premise is great. I liked the actual science of how Mira got her gift of reading people through touch. Some of the phrases at the end with her and Jordan, her father’s bodyguard? minion?, was a bit juvenile. Yes this is a YA book, but it was so not cool. Overall, it was okay. I can say that if there shall be a book 2, which the ending hinted at, I want to read it to see where it goes. Just okay, okay.