Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Summer Reading Challenge 2014: The Revealed by Jessica Hickam #SRC2014

This summer, members of the Vise Library are participating in a Summer Reading Challenge. We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)!

The fourth book on our schedule is The Revealed by author Jessica Hickam.  

About the book:

Lily Atwood lives in what used to be called Washington, D.C. Her father is one of the most powerful men in the world, having been a vital part of rebuilding and reuniting humanity after the war that killed over five billion people. Now he’s running to be one of its leaders.
But in the rediscovered peace on Earth, a new enemy has risen. They call themselves the Revealed – a powerful underground organization that has been kidnapping 18 year olds across the globe without reservation. No one knows why they are kidnapping these teens, but it’s clear something is different about these people. They can set fires with a snap of their fingers and create a wind strong enough to barrel over a tree with a flick of their wrist. No one has been able to stop them, and they have targeted Lily as their next victim.

But Lily has waited too long to break free from her father’s shadow to let some rebel organization just ruin everything. Not without a fight.

The Revealed by Jessica Hickam is a debut novel for this author.  This book will be the start of a YA series.   This book is set in a post war-torn America and the country is getting back on its feet.  Even though there are no wars going on at the moment, there is a struggle with some special individuals that call themselves The Revealed. This book had me wondering who The Revealed were and what comes next after this book.

Lily Atwood is an eighteen year old who for most of her life has been in the spotlight due to her family.  Her dad is running for the first President that America has had since the war that happened all over the globe.  Lily is frightened because The Revealed have made it known that before her 19th birthday that they will take her.  In the mean time, Lily's parents are determined to keep her safe from The Revealed and do not allow her many freedoms.  No one knows who The Revealed are or what they do to the teenagers that they capture.  Her father's opponent is an old family friend named Roderick Westerfield and he has a son named Kai.  Kai is a couple of years older than Lily.  Kai and Lilly used to be friends until something happened in high school to change that.  Kai is back in town (he is in the military) and wants Lily to trust him as a friend, at first.  However, when she is finally able to trust him, he leaves to go on a mission without so much as a goodbye. As Lily's deadline with The Revealed approaches she becomes more reckless and determined to live her life.  Some people do not appear to be who they say they are and that includes The Revealed.  

This debut novel was very entertaining.  I enjoyed finding out what happens to Lily and her family and friends.  There is a major event that happens that Lily has to forget her old life and you wonder what is in store for her next.  This was a fun read and easy to get through.  I cannot wait for the next book to come out to find out what happens next!

About the author:

After graduating from Arizona State University in 2011, Jessica relocated to Los Angeles where she now works in the film industry. From acting to assisting on the Paramount feature Star Trek: Into Darkness, her experiences have only reinforced her love for living in other worlds – whether they be from her own imagination or someone else’s. The Revealed is her first novel.

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