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.The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker
Series: The Delphi Trilogy #1
on October 11th 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: the author
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It’s never wise to talk to strangers…and that goes double when they’re dead. Unfortunately, seventeen-year-old Anna Morgan has no choice. Resting on a park bench, touching the turnstile at the Metro station—she never knows where she’ll encounter a ghost. These mental hitchhikers are the reason Anna has been tossed from one foster home and psychiatric institution to the next for most of her life.
When a chance touch leads her to pick up the insistent spirit of a girl who was brutally murdered, Anna is pulled headlong into a deadly conspiracy that extends to the highest levels of government. Facing the forces behind her new hitcher’s death will challenge the barriers, both good and bad, that Anna has erected over the years and shed light on her power’s origins. And when the covert organization seeking to recruit her crosses the line by kidnapping her friend, it will discover just how far Anna is willing to go to bring it down.
I first came across Rysa Walker when I picked up a collection of short stories. Her contribution, even though it was a mere piece of a larger series, blew me away! Her writing is mature and well-rounded, well-edited, exciting… everything I hope to find in a new author! I immediately vowed to read everything else she had written.
So, when the opportunity to review The Delphi Effect came across my desk, I literally leaped at the chance. Well, leap may be a strong word, as I’m not nearly that graceful. I probably squealed and then jiggled a little. Anyway, I was excited to read it, and I’m pleased to say that I wasn’t disappointed.
I was a little worried at the beginning, to be honest. Rysa’s short story, by necessity, had a lot of information crammed into just a few chapters. It was fast-paced, as it should be. In a longer format, this story took a little while to get into. I was immediately drawn to the main character, Anna, which definitely helped me bond with the story as a whole. She is so incredibly strong, dealing with a frustrating “special power”. She can pick up ghostly hitchhikers, of a sort, unsettled spirits looking to resolve something from their past lives. Besides the obvious awkwardness of having a ghost living in your head, Anna is essentially forced to help them fix their problems so they can move on. Anna is also living in a foster home with her best friend, Deo, which comes with its own set of problems.
The cast of secondary characters is complicated. Besides the obvious ones, like Deo and her psychiatrist, there is also Molly, the ghost living in her head. Even though we never actually lay eyes on Molly, and she doesn’t have that much dialogue, I have such a strong sense of her still lingering with me, long after I’ve finished the book. Even the past memories and remnants of Anna’s past hitchers are so vibrant, and a very integral part of the story. The way she can dip into their talents and knowledge is important, and well-pieced into the story.
The story was a five-star read with only one exception… it plucked at my biggest pet peeve: pop culture. I know, I know, this sounds ridiculous, and I feel a little silly even bringing it up. I’m certainly the first to admit I’m a little OCD about it. It tends to get under my skin when there are a lot of unnecessary pop culture references. I love when an author can describe a scene, rather than saying, “Hey! This is just like that scene from that random 80s movie!” that the reader may, or may not, have seen, and then never mentioning the movie again. It feels out of place and irrelevant. I did feel like the book took a step back from that particular annoyance about halfway through, though, so I was able to fully immerse myself in the book again, without my pesky OCD flicking at my brain.
Speaking of the second half, the story took a sharp turn, and things got serious up in there! I e-flipped those pages as fast as I humanly could! I do feel fairly comfortable where things were left off; a tangle of dangling threads to trip me up, but also a feeling of overall peace. I’m definitely looking forward to the sequel.
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