Publisher: Ripley Patton
Publication Date: November 28, 2012
Origins: From Author for Review
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Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Olivia Black has a rare birth defect known as Psyche Sans Soma, or PSS. Instead of a right hand made of flesh and blood, she was born with a hand made of ethereal energy.
How does Olivia handle being the girl with the ghost hand? Well, she's a little bit morbid and a whole lot snarky.
Her mother thinks her obsession with death, black clothing, and the local cemetery is a bid for attention. But when Marcus, the new guy in Olivia's calculus class, stares at her like she's a freak, Olivia doesn't like it. And when her hand goes rogue, doing things she never imagined possible, Olivia finds herself running for her life with Marcus from a group of men bent on taking the power of her hand for their own nefarious purposes.
The PSS Chronicles series: Ghost Hand (1), Ghost Hold (2)
Review: In the last 20 years or so, there have been children born with PSS – Psyche Sans Soma. This translates (roughly) to spirit without flesh (mind without body). Olivia Black has PSS of the right hand, so instead of a “normal” flesh hand she has one made of ethereal energy. Her father was never bothered by this, but Olivia’s relationship with her mother has always been strained. Now that her father has died, they hardly interact. Of course, it doesn’t help that her mother is a psychologist and analyzes Olivia instead of being her mother. Now there’s a new boy at school, Marcus, and he’s there when Olivia’s PSS hand decides to act of its’ own accord. Now the trouble really starts…
‘Ghost Hand’ is a wonderfully unique story. I enjoyed learning about PSS and it was very believable there is a lobbyist group (Citizens Against Minus Flesh) trying to pass laws against people with PSS. The fact there is a militant faction to CAMF makes perfect sense, also. Everything about this story was solid and the characters really worked for me. I am all about reading the next book in the series. I liked Olivia and thought she was very well-adjusted for someone in her situation. She also was able to keep a pretty level head about most of the situations she encountered, which is more than I can say for most teenagers. ‘Ghost Hand’ is action-packed and exciting - definitely book I’d recommend!