Book Review: Darwin's Children by: Natasha Larry

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Penumbra Publishing

Publish Date: May 10, 2011

Origins: From Author for Review

Format: Trade Paperback

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Life can get pretty complicated for any seventeen-year-old girl, but for a home-schooled telepathic black girl trying to survive in a prestigious private school in small town Jonesborough, Tennessee, it can be maddening - especially when her telepathic father keeps eavesdropping on her thoughts!

Jaycie Lerner's family isn't the usual mom-dad-kid setup. Jaycie's mom's MIA, but Allison, her person live-in 'trainer', is more than a mom, with her own special abilities, like being able to lift cars and run incredibly fast. And Jaycie's godfather John is more than persuasive - he can literally convince anyone to do anything.

As far as the rest of the world's concerned, Jaycie's on the outside looking in. The townsfolk love Jaycie's pediatrician father, but she doesn't fit in with 'normal' kids, and she doesn't really want to. Most of her free time is spent training to keep her telekinetic and telepathic powers under control. But there's one thing she can't control - and that's her feelings, especially when her best friend Matt is nearby. If only he knew what she was truly capable of...

Everything seems to be status quo for Jaycie until she receives a cryptic message from a stranger and meets a very unusual girl new to Jonesborough. Then all hell breaks loose!

Review: Darwin's Children is a potent mix of philosophy, evolution, action, family, romance, powers, and balance. Ms. Larry has created a world and characters that speak to your heart and a philosophy of evolution and balance that speaks to your soul. As in popular stories, Jaycie and her non-traditional family are beings in the next order of evolution - telepaths, telekinetics, empaths, those with immeasurable speed and strength. As such, with great powers come great responsibility.

Sometimes it's a little much for Jaycie, who is seventeen and has never been 'normal'. But she does want a relationship and love in her life, as do we all. But will her responsibilities keep her from what she wants?

The characters leap off the page to life as you read of their lives and the adventure that the maturing of Jaycie's powers takes them on - along with mysterious strangers and a new girl who is in a world of danger. An intriguing novel that gives you much to think about - I am eagerly awaiting the sequel.

Darwin's Children series: Darwin's Children (1), Unnatural Law (2)

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