Gypsy by Trisha Leigh
(The Cavy Files #1)
Publication date: May 13th 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Inconsequential: not important or significant.
Synonyms: insignificant, unimportant, nonessential, irrelevant
In the world of genetic mutation, Gypsy’s talent of knowing a person’s age of death is considered a failure. Her peers, the other Cavies, have powers that range from curdling a blood still in the vein to being able to overhear a conversation taking place three miles away, but when they’re taken from the sanctuary where they grew up and forced into the real world, Gypsy, with her all-but-invisible gift, is the one with the advantage.
The only one who’s safe, if the world finds out what they can do.
When the Cavies are attacked and inoculated with an unidentified virus, that illusion is shattered. Whatever was attached to the virus causes their abilities to change. Grow. In some cases, to escape their control.
Gypsy dreamed of normal high school, normal friends, a normal life, for years. Instead, the Cavies are sucked under a sea of government intrigue, weaponized genetic mutation, and crushing secrets that will reframe everything they’ve ever been told about how their “talents” came to be in the first place.
When they find out one of their own has been appropriated by the government, mistreated and forced to run dangerous missions, their desire for information becomes a pressing need. With only a series of guesses about their origins, the path to the truth becomes quickly littered with friends, enemies, and in the end, the Cavies ability to trust anyone at all.
About the Author
Her family is made up of farmers and/or almost rock stars from Iowa, people who numerous, loud, full of love, and the kind of people that make the world better. Trisha tries her best to honor them, and the lessons they’ve taught, through characters and stories—made up, of course, but true enough in their way.
Trisha is the author of The Last Year series and the Whitman University books. She’s represented by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
I really enjoyed reading this book, and it was a quick read. There are a lot of characters, but they're pretty easy to keep up with. I was a little confused once or twice, but it didn't take long for me to get back into the story.
There are some pretty fantastic characters in this story, but I would have to say that Mole is my absolute favorite. He's blind, he's a hooligan, and he's hilarious. I'd have loved to read the entire book from his point of view. Also there's a character named Jude. Obviously I have to love him immediately, because he has a fantastic name. (My name is Jude, by the way)
There were a few parts of the story that seemed a little off. There were some parts that felt a little too rushed, other that didn't really seem to serve a purpose except for filler words, and the editing needs a bit of tweaking.
All and all, though, I did really like this book and I am looking forward to the sequel. ...Even if the end of the book was cruel and fiendish, and if I don't get to read book 2 soon then I will have to wallow in despair.