by Christine Fonseca
Series: The Solomon Experiment #1
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication Date: July 7, 2014 by Self-Published
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The most dangerous secrets are the ones that kill.
When a surprising mental breakdown draws too much attention from a secret government group call the Order, 17-year-old Dakota discovers that her so-called boring life isn’t so boring after all. Between the lies, secrets and assassins out to kill her family, Dakota discovers there’s more to paranormal activity than ghosts and cheap mind tricks. Now she must uncover the truth before a new breed of terrorism takes everything away – including her life.
Collide is about a group of, you could say scientists that had started out the Solomon Projects. The Solomon Projects started with five children who were supposed to be trained to control their psychic abilities for warfare. Unfortunately, there was someone who obviously wanted more control and led the experiments astray, wanting to convert them into killers. They were all given names as if they were in a video game: Samurai, Ninja, and Assassin are my favorites. When a few of the scientists noticed the true intentions of the person leading the experiments into killers, they did everything possible to take them away. Unfortunately, they were all found.
Collide started out very slow for me. It got really good after a few chapters in, but it lacked a lot. I really wanted to like this book because the cover really had me intrigued. I’m sad to say I was disappointed. I loved the story but some characters didn’t really developed throughout the story. The story had its intense and gripping-filled scenes but there were parts that I was reading that I considered lacked information.
I would have wanted more of Mari’s character and also the friendship that Mari, Maya and Dakota had. I would have loved to know more about those three characters. Their friendship was mentioned in passing but never given too much thought and I was saddened by this fact. Also, I wanted more in the story of Josh leaving and the relationship Dakota and David had. There was a friend, Elaine, mentioned at the beginning of the story that I thought I would see more in the story, but I didn’t. Maybe she will be again in the second book. Who knows?
In summary, I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars just because this story lacked a lot and I’m sad by this because the story itself is good, just not great. It would have been so good if it had included a whole lot more. The author confirmed that for the second book there will be more background to the characters and more information to the whole story, which is exactly what I am looking for.
I will be giving this series a chance simply because there are series out there that the first book isn’t that good, but the rest of the series is.
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