Except that they have no idea where the bombs are located.
Kidnapped for information they can’t possibly know, and fuelled by the spirit of a dead CIA agent, Ethan, Florida, and Jake must look deep inside themselves if they are to finish the mission and save millions of lives. But they’re being held captive in a strange place by a man who believes in Feedback, the theory that information is retained in the memory of organs–in this case those of a certain dead CIA agent donor. And their captor will stop at nothing to get the information retained in their newly transplanted organs.
Feedback, an interesting concept. Basically, the theory that an organ can possess characteristics or memories of the individual it came from even after transferred to an organ donor’s recipient on steroids. In Feedback, a full person—memories, personality, and all—is kept alive within the bodies of those who received his organ’s after his death. I definitely thought the concept was new, and the story was compelling. The characters were well developed, but developing character background made for a slow start to the story. Though I enjoyed the read, it lacked an X-factor quality to make it a really great read.
3 out of 5 stars
The story starts out by giving the background of three teens that have a sick organ of some kind that needs replacing. The first half of the book focuses on their stories and is written from the perspective of each teen. I just read another book that used a switching 1st-person style and I have mixed feelings about it. Here I didn’t think it added enough insight into each character to make it worth the confusion it can cause. I understand that she wanted to give a view of how it was inside each of their heads once they could hear the dead CIA agent in their heads, but I felt a third person would have done just as good without the risk of confusion. I did, however love the diversity of the characters. I thought the way they all handled their debilitating diseases was interesting to see and I also loved that they were all ver different types of people in interest as well as personality. The problem is, knowing those things did not really move the story along.
Once we got past the background and the story started to move, I got hooked. I was jumping back and forth from one person’s thoughts to another’s, and I wanted to know what had happened, but I had to hear it from another person’s perspective. The climax of the story was great. It really got you guessing and was fast-paced and had several unexpected surprises. In fact, from the climax all the way to the resolve was action. I was excited and having a blast. Once the conflict was resolved, I felt good and thought the story was going to end. Unfortunately, it did not. I know the author was trying to make a good lead-in for a sequel, but I thought the lead-in was too long and too complex. I was already in the middle of a second book by the time it finished. I thought the book should have ended **SPOILER ALERT** when the main character arrived home and met the CIA at his house. It would have been enough to see that there was more going on without ruining the resolve the reader felt at the recently resolved conflict.
All in all, it was a good book. Though I didn’t like some of the little details, the author entertained me. Isn’t that the point of a fiction book?