Kyle vs Leila - Battle for the Cyberdomes

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Some books need NO introduction! But, err .. this isn't one of them. So, if you liked Harry Potter, I Am Number 4, GONE, The Hunger Games, even Twilight and Switched, then here's the beginning of another epic tale you're bound to fall in love with. More
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Review by: M. Fan on Sep. 03, 2012 : star star star star star
14-year-old Kyle Rivers, left paralyzed after an accident that killed his parents, is given an offer he can’t refuse: join the Directorate of Metanormal Defense and walk again. Via high-tech nanobots that work specifically with his DNA, Kyle not only regains use of his legs, but develops super-speed and the ability to read people’s danger levels.

Along with his wacky best friend, Ollie, Kyle attends the DMD’s training program, hoping to one day become an agent who protects humans from dangers such as vampires and poltergeists. Not long after their arrival, a teenage girl called Leila, whose father had been killed by one of the DMD’s agents, attacks the compound. Leila is captured and placed in a virtual reality prison, where she must face demons generated by the minds of the other prisoners in order to survive and possibly escape.

Cyberfreak Debt alternates between Kyle’s story and Leila’s chapter by chapter, with each chapter opening with an ominous countdown to “cyberdome activation.” The cyberdome causes the real and the virtual clash, sometimes bringing Kyle into the virtual world, sometimes sending Leila into the real one and bringing to life that which is imagined. Courageous, diligent, and good-natured, Kyle is an immediately likable protagonist who is easy to sympathize with, the kind of kid we all like to root for. He sparks with hero potential, following his do-the-right-thing instincts in a manner that is genuine and unpretentious.

Wilson’s snappy and witty writing makes Cyberfreak Debt crackle with energy. Between the zingy dialogue and the vibrant action scenes interlaced with sound effects (Raka-taka-taka! Kabloom!), this book and its characters practically explode from the page. And yet he also takes the time to develop the characters, sometimes stepping back from the action to draw out poignant scenes that add a level of emotional depth to the story.

But for the most part, Cyberfreak Debt is pure fun—thrilling, humorous, and rather ridiculous at times. Through the twists and turns of the plot, vividly imagined settings, and the lively character interactions, this book grabs you from the beginning and refuses to let go.

[This is a condensed version of a full review on my blog, Zigzag Timeline]
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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