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Edgewood: (Edgewood Series) (Volume 1) (edition 2012)

by Karen McQuestion

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Title:Edgewood: (Edgewood Series) (Volume 1)
Authors:Karen McQuestion
Info:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2012), Paperback, 324 pages
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This is the story of Russ, a boy who can't sleep and fins himself in the midst of a light show. And so the story goes in the same tradition as a typical teen meets some unknown "something". The reader doesn't know what that something is - we have to read the next story to find out. ( )
  mmoj | Mar 2, 2017 |
Russ Becker has insomnia, and as a way to deal with it he keeps taking walks in the middle of the night so that he can hopefully sleep when he gets back. One night, however, he comes across a strange astronomical event. What's particularly strange about it is that no one has reported on the event in the news or spoke about it at school or anything, it's like it never happened. Then one day a girl at school invites him to join her friends and they explain that they too saw such a display and they were experiencing strange powers as a result.

This book is free on Kindle and I downloaded it knowing that it may not be the best book I have ever read. There were some amateur mistakes but they didn't take away from the story. In fact, McQuestion rose above my expectations and landed up with four stars. It was an easy read and drew you in enough that you wanted to know what was going to happen. At one point I was thinking "this is a typical plot line and I know exactly what is going to happen" and then was pleasantly surprised when she threw me slightly. An enjoyable read, not something to rave about to everyone but good for a time when you don't want to focus all that much but still like the idea of a good story. I'm pretty sure I will buy the next in the trilogy. ( )
  Stella-T | Jan 14, 2016 |
Although this is a YA novel, I really enjoyed it - many years beyond YA! Thanks Karen. ( )
  fdrury | Oct 5, 2014 |
Russ Becker has insomnia and has found that the only way he can get to sleep is to roam the town late at night when almost everyone else is sleeping. He does this so often, that he’s found certain houses along his route where other people are up late as well. He likes to go by those houses and glance in the windows, feeling a sense of camaraderie with the others who, like him, are not sleeping at that late hour. After he walks his route, he is able to go home and go to sleep. Otherwise, he’s a normal teenager, looking forward to getting his driver’s license soon, going to school and studying and dealing with the ordinary things teenagers have to deal with, like parents and homework.

One night, during his late night walking, he sees some sort of astronomical event, similar to a meteor shower, but different. These meteors are falling to the earth, and they don’t look quite like meteors, they glow. So, he decides to try to find where they are landing and get a better look at them. When he finds the spot they are landing in, he sees that they are arranged in a spiral shape on the ground and they are all giving off a beautiful glow. He walks into the center and notices he feels wonderful standing there, like they give off some kind of energy. He stays for a while, then goes back home and goes to bed.

The next day in school, he keeps thinking about the night before. While he is in science class, waiting for the teacher to show up, he starts doodling in his notebook and draws the spiral shape the stones were arranged in. The pretty girl in front of him, who never paid any attention to him before, suddenly seems very interested in what he is drawing. She starts asking him questions about it, but the teacher comes in shortly thereafter. The teacher starts talking about an astronomical event that happened last night and offers rewards, such as extra credit, if anyone will talk about seeing it. Russ is reluctant to say anything for fear he will get into trouble for being out so late. None of the other students seem to have seen it, and the teacher begins offering bigger rewards. Russ is also suspicious because there was nothing on the news about this event and the teacher seems almost desperate to find someone who saw it.

This is how Edgewood starts out. The mystery builds from there. Why is this girl so interested in Russ all of a sudden and why is the science teacher trying so hard to find someone who saw the event? Eventually Russ learns that he now has the power to heal himself and others. He also finds other teens that have seen a similar event and have powers of their own. There is evidence though that a secret organization may be after them, and this organization will go to any lengths to get the teens to work for them.

Edgewood was a really good book. It was suspenseful, the characters had depth. I felt genuinely concerned for Russ and his friends. It kept me guessing about who they could trust. There were surprises throughout the book, and hints that things are not as they seem. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Wanderlust, because I’m betting it will be even better than Edgewood was. At times, Edgewood seemed to drag a little, but I think that’s just because the story had to be built. There are many characters who are well-developed, and that takes time. Despite the occasional drag, Edgewood was very enjoyable and interesting. I don’t normally read sci-fi books, so I was a little concerned I wouldn’t like it, but I really did. The build up to the ending was great; I was on the edge of my seat rooting for Russ to make it through the challenges. I have suspicions that Russ’ sister knows a lot more than she has told Russ so far. Read this one, even if you don’t like sci-fi. If you like mystery and suspense, you’ll like Edgewood. You can find more of my reviews at http://bookwormbookreviews.com ( )
  Aeroette | Sep 26, 2014 |
I received a signed copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway which was exciting.

This book is about a group of teenagers who develop some abilities and discover that they are wanted by a mysterious organization. Action and intrigue ensue.

In Short: I really enjoyed this book- I definitely plan on picking up Wanderlust- the action was great and so were the characters. The twists were good and i even have some theories about where the story may be going next.

If you enjoy Science Fiction and YA then I would definitely recommend this book.

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  Rebecca790 | Sep 21, 2013 |
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Russ Becker thinks he's like everyone else, until the night he witnesses a strange astronomical event and discovers he's been given incredible abilities. As he learns to embrace his new talents, Russ meets three other young people who have secrets and powers of their own. When the four learn they are being hunted, and Russ's family is put in peril, he's forced to take action or risk losing everything important to him.… (more)

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