Review: The Athena Effect by Derrolyn Anderson
Published: August 30 2012
Country girl Cali has been kept a secret her entire life, raised in isolation by two very troubled people. Despite her parent’s disturbing fits, Cal is perfectly content, living at one with the nature that surrounds her, and finding adventure inside the pages of her beloved books. When an awful tragedy tears her away from her remote cabin in the woods, nothing she’s ever read has prepared her for a world that she knows very little about.
Girls and motorcycles are what bad-boy Cal’s life is all about. Brought up in a raucous party house by his biker brother, he’s free to do as he pleases, going through the motions on his final days of high school. Aimless, Cal stopped thinking about his future a long time ago.
Attacked by a gang of thugs while running an errand for his brother, Cal is in serious trouble until a fierce girl appears out of nowhere to intervene. She chases off three grown men, sparing Cal a brutal beating before disappearing into the night like a spirit. He can’t stop thinking about his mysterious rescuer, and when she turns out to be the weird new girl at school who goes out of her way to avoid him, he can’t contain his curiosity.
He’s never met anyone like her before, and the more he learns about the unusual girl who shares his nickname, the more he wants to know. Cal can’t help falling for Cal, but can he keep her from falling victim to a dangerous enemy from her parent’s tragic past?(
When I first read the synopsis for The Athena Effect I was very intrigued and thought it sounded like an interesting YA novel. I was right and this is an easy book to get lost in.
The plot is different from what I have read lately and I really liked it! We start with a prologue about a young couple who are running away together. From the little bit you read about them they are scared and the girl is pregnant.
When the story starts we meet Cali who is a bit of a wild child. She is homeschooled and is kept away from the world. Her parents have taught her survival skills, how to hunt and to take care of herself. They live totally off the grid. Which is a good thing since Cali is special, she can see and taste the emotions of animals and people around her and she can control them…
Then Cali’s parents are killed in an accident and she has to go live with an aunt she never met and her creepy boyfriend. While Cali doesn’t fit in with the people at school she does eventually make friends with a neighbor boy named Cal. He looks her parents up on the internet which sends an alarm to someone who has been looking for her parents for quite a while…
I enjoyed The Athena Effect so much I finished it in one day! Needless to say I am looking forward to the next installment to this series!