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Monday, January 2, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- GLIMMER , THE BLACK SWAN FILES: 001

Glimmer (The Black Swan Files Book 1) by [Cerrone, Tricia] 
At certain moments in history, when several impossible-to-predict events collide, they create what’s known as a Black Swan—an event that can change how we look at science, technology, even our history. Jocelyn Albrecht is one such Black Swan. Infected by the biotechnology her parents sought to develop, she has become human enhanced—an H+.
The accident that gave Jocelyn new powers also killed her family. In their place she is raised at Camp Holliwell by “her uncle”—a government funded scientist—and his league of doctors who study and test Jocelyn daily in the hopes of learning how to replicate her. The military has another goal in mind—to make her an asset. 
After losing one family and the home where she belonged, Jocelyn strives to keep her Holliwell family happy, as odd as they might be. That is until she finds out the truth…Uncle Laurence is using her as a guinea pig, her brother and sister are still alive, and she doesn’t have long to live.
Now Jocelyn only cares about finding her real family. The problem—breaking out of a highly classified, military facility before the next experiment kills her  AMAZON  5 stars

At first I felt off balance with the introduction of what seemed like quite a few people.  But at about 23% of my kindle reading, I began to get a pretty good grasp.  I began to see why they were part of the story.   It was starting to get pretty intense and I got pulled into the emotions of how wrong everything was that was happening to Jocelyn a.k.a Sunnie.  And her" Uncle"?  What a control freak, it was all about how important he was.  Even in their "home" he was rigidly O.C.D.  Her life was so controlled that even her memories have been suppressed.    Creepy but a really clever story.  Her life was so controlled, she didn't even know she was controlled because it was all that she has know.  But several things happen in a very short time that begin to really open her eyes to the truth that she is a prisoner. One that had a very short shelf life.   Her "uncle" wasn't the only one who was fighting for control of the experiments that they wanted to run on her.  She was just a lab rat to many but she is slowly gathering people who care about her.  Seth is another lab rat who figures in the story really well.  He does what he has to be able to survive but along the way he also helps Sunnie toughen up and get more street smarts along the way.  There is also a good cast of secondary characters who .  spice up the story.  Sergei was another one as well as Graeme, you have to read the book to find out who they are and what there part is in the story.  There is plenty of  military and medical, intense action throughout.  One statement that was made stuck with me.  It had to do with what was being done to Sunnie since she had no freedom.  The person said, this isn't science, its medical slavery.  
I have to say this book was so well written and once it got rolling I couldn't put it down.

On the last page of the book, the reason for the title of the book becomes clear.  And I like the fact that it was explained that it was "The End...for now"

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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