The Delphi Effect (The Delphi Trilogy) Paperback – October 11, 2016
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About the Author
Rysa Walker is the author of the bestselling CHRONOS Files series. Timebound, the first book in the series, was the Young Adult and Grand Prize winner of the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.
Rysa grew up on a cattle ranch in the South, where she was a voracious reader. On the rare occasions when she gained control of the television, she watched Star Trek and imagined living in the future, on distant planets, or at least in a town big enough to have a stoplight.
She currently lives in North Carolina, where she is working on the next installment in The Delphi Trilogy. If you see her on social media, please tell her to get back to her Writing Cave.
- Publisher : Skyscape (October 11, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 380 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1503938824
- ISBN-13 : 978-1503938823
- Reading age : 14 - 18 years
- Grade level : 9 - 12
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,789,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anna Morgan is a seventeen year old who is jaded by the foster care system. She also has the ability to communicate with the dead. However in this story her communication is facilitated by a dead person attaching him/herself to Anna inside her mind. She calls them "hitchers". And typically it's one at a time.
At the beginning of the story Anna is playing host to Molly, a young girl who had been murdered and wants Anna to communicate with Molly's grandfather, a retired police officer, in order to provide him with information that will hopefully catch her killer.
But there's more going on here than a simple murder mystery. Molly's murderer was tied to a much larger scheme involving kidnapping and experiments. And Anna's contact with Molly's grandfather brings her, and her gift, to the attention of this nefarious group.
Anna, along with her younger former foster brother Deo, are both in danger. Along the way they do have some allies, including Anna's therapist and Molly's grandfather.
I'll admit the basic plot isn't terribly original, although I did really like how Anna's gift was handled and the way it worked. But it's much better and more engaging that it may sound. What takes what might have been well-worn ground in another's hands and turns it into an interesting story is Ms. Walker's skill in writing a well paced story with believable characters and likable protagonists.
And while there are occasional hints of attraction between Anna and another character, it remains infrequent and very slow burn. There's no insta-love or teen angsty romance here. Something I very much appreciated.
In this case, what I got was a well-crafted story with a good premise, great dialogue, good action and, it's well edited!
I'm going back for more!
I highly recommend this book.
Top reviews from other countries
Her plots are intricate and well-crafted; her characters are strong and appealing (or appalling in the case of the villains); but what I really enjoy is her very clear, coherent and compelling writing. There's no flashy prose and the writing seems 'simple'. But the next thing you know you're several chapters down the line without even being aware of the passage of time. There's nothing 'simple' about that kind of writing. It actually puts me in mind of Stephen King, the absolutely master of clear, compelling writing.
So keep up the great work, Ms. Walker. I'll be right there waiting.
Slightly reminiscent in places of X Men but definitely an engaging page turner, I'm looking forward to reading more of the story in following books. The way Anna finds to 'build walls' in her mind is fascinating and interesting and her relationship with the younger Deo is very touching and shows her gentler side.
The story is very well written and the characters are very well rounded. I found myself holding my breath at some parts and even shedding a tear at others. It is a fast paced story with a cliffhanger ending. Looking forward to what's next