Genre: YA, Sci-Fi
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When agoraphobic Gabe and his outgoing nemesis Jessa go on a moonlit road trip to locate Gabe's missing brother, the two teens discover they are both hiding unnatural abilities: Gabe is a living lie detector and Jessa is a kick-ass powerhouse pretending to be a delicate diva.
Gabe's sole reason for searching for Watts, his overbearing younger brother, is to clear his own name: he's been framed for Watts' alleged murder. Jessa is after Watts because she is, well, after him.
They find him with Deacon, the twisted eugenicist responsible for their unusual powers. He encourages them to stay and join his "Family" where they'll be able to live openly as the genetically-modified freaks that they are. When Jessa and Gabe uncover the truth about Deacon's past--and what he wants for the future--they band together to stop him. Watts, however, might have other plans . . .
Gabe is one of the main teen characters and I liked him right away. I enjoyed his seemingly simple nature (that changes) and his humor. He doesn’t have a very good relationship with his brother Watts and doesn’t care too much about his disappearance until he becomes a suspect. Schoolmate Jessa joins Gabe to look for Watts. I have to be honest and say that Jessa’s personality was kind of a turn-off, but she definitely grew on me throughout the story and won me over in the end.
These teens have special powers and after Watts goes missing, they find out some deep information regarding their creation. It leads to a larger mystery that they begin to unfold. While this book is listed under the sci-fi genre, I don’t feel you have to be a hardcore sci-fi fan to enjoy this book. I think it was a great read and would encourage fans of Young Adult to give Outshine a shot!
Nola Decker is the only writer in Seattle who doesn't drink coffee. She makes up for her happy and healthy childhood by writing stories in which terrible things happen to young people. She loves salted caramel anything and Fridays.
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