I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Lightpoints by Peter Kassan
on March 25th 2013 by Melange Books
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What if you suddenly discovered you had a sense—and powers—that almost no one else in the world did?
When Amanda Lindner Nichols, a 24-year-old graphic artist living with her husband in Queens, New York, is revived from a near-death experience, she discovers she perceives everyone around her as points of light—but not with her eyes. She soon learns she can not only perceive the life energy of others, but she can give and take it. With the help of others like her, she brings her husband Chris to the brink of death and back to bestow on him the same remarkable faculty, and they’re the happiest they’ve been.
But not for long. All over the world, people who’ve been revived from their own near-death experience at just the right moment discover themselves with these same unusual powers. They find ways to use them—some for good and some for evil. When Amanda and Chris encounter a ruthless group of gangsters with the same faculty, tragedy follows—and Amanda faces the greatest challenge of her life
This book has me straddling a fence. On the one hand, it’s an original idea, totally unlike any other book I’ve read, and it’s a concept that I won’t be forgetting any time soon. Amanda has an unfortunate brush with death, leaving her with a unique ability to see people’s life force emanating from their bodies. More than that, she finds that she is now able to give or take that energy. It ignited my imagination, and gripped me with its possibilities.
On the other hand, it is seriously lacking in some first person POV. There is a great balance of characters, all discovering what it means to have the “sense” while making different choices on what to do with it, but Amanda is the main character. I really wished that her story was told in first person, so that it would have been easier to connect with her. Instead of relating to her, I saw her as the “info dump”, where the reader was given all of the facts they needed to make sense of the story. Many of her chapters were repetitive and factual, where I would have preferred them to be more emotional, especially considering everything that happens to her. I should have been moved by her story, instead of just intrigued.
Which brings me to the ending of the story. It read like a chapter break, and I’m not sure if there is supposed to be a sequel. With all the side stories, I want to know what happened with them. There are still so many possibilities being left unexplored, so many religious and philosophical questions raised, with very little debate. And so I find myself on a fence, wishing it had been more, while dying to know more.
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