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An imaginative new world where a select few are able to unlock the full potential of their minds.

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There's just too much, and it comes off unbelievable.


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While the rest of us go on with life as usual, there is a hidden race of exceptional humans who are battling for their very lives. Nate Williams hasn’t exactly had your traditional childhood. After the brutal murder of his parents, he is found wandering the woods all alone at the age of six. Lucky […]

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While the rest of us go on with life as usual, there is a hidden race of exceptional humans who are battling for their very lives.

Nate Williams hasn’t exactly had your traditional childhood. After the brutal murder of his parents, he is found wandering the woods all alone at the age of six. Lucky for him, the kind soul who finds him happens to be a very wealthy, very well connected businessman who decides to adopt Nate and raise him as his own. From that point, Nate lives a privileged existence with his new father, actress mother, and beautiful younger sister.

All seems pretty golden in Nate’s life. At seventeen, he is a gifted athlete, promising student, incredibly popular, and charming enough to get away with just about anything. Along with his best friends John and Baako, Nate pretty much rules the school – until the fateful day that he collapses from a heart attack and slips into a coma. When Nate finally awakes days later, he finds that he has fundamentally changed – both literally and figuratively – and his life must change as well.

Soon, he and his two buddies are jetting off to a secretive school for the few humans who are able to unlock their true potential. From shapeshifting to controlling the weather to shaping the world around them, they will learn a whole new set of skills that will change their lives. Not everything is perfect, though, and Nate soon learns there is a deranged killer taking out others just like him around the world. He’ll have to keep his wits about him and figure out the culprit if he wants to live to see his 18th birthday.

The Hidden World is a pretty imaginative book in a lot of ways. There are tons of things going on – these kids don’t just have one ability; they have tons of them, to the point of kind of being too much. You can swallow the idea of a separate, superior race of humans. You can swallow the idea of shapeshifting or unlocking the power of your mind. But there is so much more on top of all that, from food service fairies to changing walls to diamonds to being beautiful and charming and popular as a rule. It’s just a bit too much.

The book was written by a teenager in the midst of his own health crises, and while he is to be commended for the effort and work that went into it, it really reads like something a teenager would write. Nate is mostly beloved by all, unbelievable talented and popular and charming. He gets every girl, wins every fight, has every advantage just fall into his lap. There are a lot of issues that pop up that don’t get resolved, or seem to be mentioned just to show how cool Nate or the school is, and they just don’t seem to fit. Overall, it’s a good effort, but it could use some fine tuning to make it more appealing and believable to readers.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)