School for Psychics: Book One
Teddy owes a lot of money. She’s only twenty-four, and she already owes a loan sharks a quarter of a million dollars. In a last-ditch attempt to win the money back, she disguises herself and hits the poker tables in Vegas. After losing even more money, she runs into Clint, who tells her she’s psychic and to apply to Whitfield Institute, the School for Psychics. Teddy always wondered how she could read people so well, but at the same time she’s a bit skeptical. Clint tells her that if she’s accepted, they will pay off all her debts. With that offer, Teddy knows she has no other choice. At Whitfield, the students are taught military tactics and how to control their psychic abilities, all with the purpose of serving their government. But not everything or everyone is what they seem at Whitfield, and Teddy will have to discover who she can trust as well as the extent of her powers.
Teddy is pretty lovable character. She doesn’t have great people skills, but she learns to develop them throughout the book. She’s resourceful and tough, really just longing for a place to fit in. She’s a pretty easy character to relate to. I loved the plot, this idea of weeding out charlatans and using people with gifts to help others. But I’m a sucker for superheroes.
My only critique would be that some parts were a bit confusing, like which of the five or six shady characters introduced are the ones leaving messages for Teddy that are meant to be ominous? Also, there were quite a few minor characters who I wish were given more page time. But that’s the nice thing about book one in a series; there is plenty of time to develop these things.
Overall, a fun read for those who like books about people with abilities. Nothing groundbreaking or super exciting, but it’s still pretty entertaining and leaves you wanting more.
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|Page Count||368 pages|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster|
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|Category||Science Fiction & Fantasy|