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By Donte M McNeal

Based in Michigan, Donte's Playground is a blog by Donte M McNeal. His posts range from nonsensical ramblings about anime, in-depth reviews of books and television/film, to random spurts of philosophical babble.

Jane Killick's "Percievers Series"

Jane Killick's "Percievers Series"

How's it going everyone. Been a while, eh? I'm back with a recommendation for a series I read earlier this year. It's the "Perceivers Series," a science fiction/thriller series about young men and women who have the abilities to sense the thoughts and emotions of others, and all that that entails.

Perceivers Book 1: Mind Secrets

Perceivers Book 1: Mind Secrets

The premise kind of reminded me of Sense8, the Netflix show about 8 mentally and emotionally linked people who are ultimately trying to stay away from those hunting them. I enjoyed the show and was really excited to read a book with a similar set-up. Also, stories where characters, main characters especially, have amnesia are interesting (if done right).

One thing I will say about this author is that she knows how to create an immersive atmosphere with her descriptiveness. Does a great job helping the reader "see" what's happening, and with perceivers, it's easy to feel what the characters are feeling.

One thing that always gets me when reading books with non-American characters is the lingo that it used. It can take you out of the book sometimes, unfortunate if the author does a great job pulling you in. That's not the case with this book; the UK slang is easy to understand.

I won't spoil anything, but roughly halfway through the book is when things gets much more interesting (not that the book isn't interesting before that, because it is). You get a more in-depth look at some of the characters, which can almost always be a boon for a story. The premise was delivered upon and executed well, the pacing was even, the characters were entertaining (though Michael did annoy me in the beginning...he grew on me though), and the story wrapped up nicely. I'm looking forward to the future installments, the ending set up what could be a great series.

Side note: Whenever I read a book, I rarely expect it to be five-star worthy, but I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Mind Secrets wasn't five stars in my mind, but it had most of what I was looking for: humor, action, suspense and character development. However, the side characters could have stood for a bit more development (I felt their relationships defined who they were as characters and I didn't like that).

Perceivers Book 2: Mind Control

Perceivers Book 2: Mind Control



I was excited for this book after reading the first in the series. I was looking forward to spending more time with these characters, so you can imagine my glee when Killick reached out. The story picks up about two years after the conclusion of the first book, with our mc, Michael working with the government, perceiving suspects for the police. The opening scene of him perceiving a suspected terrorist was a great way to dive back into the world that Killick crafted in Mind Secrets. That whole sequence was great.

As stated before, Michael's working for the government and we get to see where he and the others (perceivers like him) live. This allows for the introduction of new characters, and how the perceivers and norms in authority interact, at least for a moment. It seems tensions are still high between perceivers and norms. I do like the few friends that Michael has, Alex and Pauline; they offer great personalities for him to bounce off of. Killick is great with creating characters you can bring yourself to care about.

The main mystery(ies?) of this one is an engaging one. While trying to piece together clues and gather evidence, Michael finds himself in more than one right spot, and I frequently found myself on the edge of my seat, eagerly anticipating how he would get out of his various predicaments, and what would come next. The atmosphere of mystery and intrigue is strong with this one.

The pacing of the story is a steady one. It picks up around halfway through and stays high-stakes throughout most of the rest of the book. The characters are fresh and entertaining, the relationships believable, and the powers awesome. I had a great time reading this one. I would definitely recommend it. Though I'm a little behind one the series now; if only I'd realized sooner books 3 and 4 have already been published! I'll be picking those up shortly.

Till next time, stay golden Panyboy!

 

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