by Keith A. Ferstl
Published April 27, 2012
This book was provided to the author in exchange for an honest review.
After suffering the loss of his family from an avian flu pandemic, seventeen-year-old Jonathan Chaulk, meets McKenna Dupree, the girl of his dreams. Living in a remote cabin on Bear Claw Island, Jonathan’s sole neighbor is the mysterious Phoenix Institute. With the heart and soul of an intrepid adventurer, Jonathan’s surreptitious exploration of the Institute’s underbelly reveals shocking and deadly secrets that renowned resident scientist, Dr. Sandor Serpa cannot allow to be exposed. Thanks to the murderous act of the madman, Jonathan discovers that his one chance to save McKenna’s life will come only after her death.
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This was a fast, interesting read. The premise caught my attention, and it was well-written.
My biggest complaint is that I didn't really connect with any of the characters. There was a lot these "people" were going through, but I just couldn't take it all that seriously.
That said, I still wanted to find out what happened.
I can't say it's one of my favorite books, or even that I look forward to re-reading it. But it was good while it lasted, and there were some great scenes.