Indiewritersreview Review of Talented by Sophie Davis


Hello everyone…Today I will be reviewing the YA Dystopian novel Talented by Sophie Davis.

If you always knew what people were really thinking, would you consider it a gift or a curse?
Talia Lyons is Talented.  Born after a nuclear spill, she is part of a new generation that possesses special abilities; Talia can read the minds of others and manipulate their thoughts.  Whether Morphers, Light Manipulators or Telekinetics, the Talented are taught to control their abilities under the protective eye of the government to use their Talents for good. But all Talia wants is revenge.
Talia joins the Hunters, an elite group of government operatives, hoping to one day kill Ian Crane – the man who ordered the execution of her parents.  Ever since she witnessed their brutal deaths, Talia has spent her life honing her abilities, determined to settle the score.  But she still has a lot to learn before she can ease the pain inside. Talia turns to a boy who can mimic her Talents, a boy who truly understands her inner turmoil.  But even he can’t help Talia, when she’s forced to choose between saving herself and avenging the lives of her parents.
Talented is an action-packed adventure, about a group of teenagers who aren’t afraid to embrace their fears and fight for what they believe in…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sophie moved to Washington, D.C. after graduating from Penn State University to pursue a career in the Sciences.  After deciding to actually write down one of the stories she makes up in her head, Sophie began the long journey towards her first full-length novel, Talented.  Caged is her second novel, and the second in the Talented Saga.  When Sophie isn’t hunched over her computer, she can be found shopping in Georgetown, running in Rock Creek Park, or at the local dive bars in her Columbia Heights Neighborhood

MY REVIEW

I received a free copy of Talented as part of a Goodreads read to review. This was the story of a young girl who lost her whole world at a very early age. Both parents killed, on orders of a man named Ian Crane. Talia is sent to live with one of the officials of an elite governmental unit. Talia grows up with determination and the desire to avenge her parents deaths on the man who ordered their assignations.

So Talia grows up and is trained, she is one of the “Talented”, those in this dystopian society,that have “extra” abilities…she becomes a Hunter.

The story follows Talia’s training, personal life, friendships and her facing the man who lies behind her greatest pain….

I felt that this story was well-written, flowed smoothly, was entertaining and kept me on the edge of my seat. Ms. Davies did an awesome job in building her special world and characters, also the story had passion and I loved Erik, how he seemed shallow at first, but showed depth in how he aided/and cared for Talia throughout the story…my favorite scene is when Talia was hurt, and Erik had the ability to mimic another Talented powers…he did so and drew the pain from Talia when she had been injured and was receiving emergency care…

This was a great story and I look forward to reading the next book:)

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