A Class Apart
A school trip that ended with a bomb. Literally.
What James and Sam Blake thought was a casual day to end their school trip concluded with their coach exploding with what seems to be a car bomb, a suspected terrorist attack. Everything was in a blur and the next thing they know was waking up in a hospital bed.
Recovery seems to be a smooth sail until peculiar things happen to them. James being able to unknowingly teleport, Sam having the ability to burn things – powers they did not know they had. And then there were the appearances of heavily bandaged patients, the sleepwalkers wreaking havoc within the hospital premises. The road to recovery looks rough for the twins.
The premise of the story sounded passe. A plot repeatedly used in a lot of sci-fi stories but what gave an edge to it was the twist, and unfolding of answers/mysteries towards the end. I like the fact that it built up your curiosity too much that you wanted to know more what happens next. Although the climax was a bit of a let down, its forgivable.
1. James and Sam is like your typical twin/siblings, typical protagonists. Their characters were initially built up as normal school kids, suddenly developing super powers because of unfortunate events (think Alex Mac).
2. Jasmin Sharma, much to my dismay was the typical Lois Lane reporter who would do anything (and I mean anything) just to get a story worthy for a headline. I actually just wanted her nosy ass off the picture at times and I don’t know if her character just delivers too well to make me feel that way.
2. Chief Superintendent Harden, passes off as a Nick Fury gone soft in my opinion. He has a stoic personality but eventually loosens up when it comes to situations involving the children.
3. I loved the Randerson’s and their odd personality. I don’t know why, but I guess their weird personality is something I find unique and amusing.
4. Lolly is the character I would love most to hear about. Her presence in key scenes and the mystery behind her is something to look forward to in the next book.
5. I just wish that Larry Blake was able to tell the story behind their powers. Too bad this one is for the next book.
6. The story concluded on a high note. The epilogue was great.
Thank you very much Stephen for letting me review the book. I’m looking forward for the Blake twin’s next adventure. 🙂