My rating: ★★
Genre : Young Adult
Source : Review Copy
Sam Watkins, an orphaned young teenager, possesses the ability to read the minds of almost everyone he meets.
Howard Lyons, the owner of the orphanage where Sam has lived since he was a baby, has been reluctant to let Sam leave the orphanage.
Unable to read the mind of Mr Lyons, he takes it upon himself to investigate the reasons behind the owner’s decisions and learn more about the origin of his ability, his parents and the potential of his power.
However, Sam’s investigation and mind-reading abilities reveal a power struggle at the top of a faltering orphanage between Mr. Lyons and his assistant Natalie.
Sam’s involvement in this conflict leads him to look for ways to save the orphanage and uncover the true motivations of both the owner and his assistant while trying to learn about his past.
What I Think :
Sam is a weird kid who’s spent all his life at the Lyons Orphanage and the only person that seems interested in talking to him is Mr.Lyons . But for some strange reason , Sam can’t read Mr.Lyons’ mind as he could read the others’ . He dismisses it without much thought since he respects Mr.Lyons too much to suspect anything .
Soon the orphanage starts to crumble and despite receiving so much donations , there seems to be no change in the orphanage’s condition . Sam then takes it upon himself to find what is actually going on and there starts the real story .
Despite the originality of the story , it came off as rather boring . The pace of the story was very slow and there was just way too much small talk . The relationships between the characters were also odd…it just developed out of nowhere .
The conversations were also odd and so were the characters themselves . The characters were shallow , one dimensional and showed little to no development . And the most important aspect of a book is the connection between readers and the characters but I didn’t feel connected to any character .
I believe the book could have improved a lot if the pace was faster and the characters were a little complex .