I'm not quite sure how I feel about this book. I finished a couple of days about and am still mulling about how I really feel about it.
When I finished it, I thought "I really liked it" but then I started to think about the story more and started to feel a bit disappointed. The first 70%-ish of the book nothing happens. Ok, the Tar come and take over (it's still not really clear if it's just their state or if it's a worldwide thing, there is mention later on in a book how x country came and dropped a bomb to try and 'help' them). The rest of the time it's just her with her thoughts meeting at the window to talk to her bf.
They have no food (other than what the Tar people leave them), no light, no tools, no electricity, no water, yet she and her bf somehow manage to teach themselves sign language to be able to communicate.
It's not until the near end of the book, after she escapes her home and starts the search for other people that you learn more about how long she's really been trapped in her house and what is really going on. I feel that a lot of the start of the book could have been condensed greatly and gotten into the real part of the story much sooner and made for a better plot.
That said, my curiosity is peeked on what happens to her bf (who apparently was not 100% memorable because I can not for the life of me remember his name and I just read this book 2 days ago) and am hopeful things will pick up in book #2.
The blurb for this book had me excited. It sounded like it could be a really good storyline. Sadly, it failed in that respect.
Tess is a variant, she had a special ability that allows her to take on the features and look like any human she touches. She lives and trains with the DEA a special division with the FBI where other variants with other abilities also train. Sounds promising right?
Instead of a story filled with excitement, intrigue and mystery, the first (almost) half of the book is all about her bemoaning the fact that Alec, a fellow variant does not want to kiss her or be with her. She spends most of the time wondering why he has not kissed her, how she can get him to be attracted to her and how much she dislikes his gf Kate, who of course is a not so nice person (they always seem to be right?).
It's not until midway through that she finally goes on her first "mission" where she takes on the identity of a girl that was murdered in a small town. Things start to get enjoyable, but then fall back on the tired story line of her questioning why she and Alec are not together.
As for Alec, he seems shallow and wishy washy. The author does not even try to make us believe he and Kate care for each other. She instead spends the time show how attracted he is to Tessa but wait for it...just can't be with her because it's not right". At least I think that's why, the author, other than giving Alec a girlfriend, really does not give us any detail as to why they do not follow their feelings for each other and 'hook up'.
The only shinning light in this otherwise flat story is Devon, the brother of the girl who was murdered. I really liked him a lot and by the end of the book saw the foreshadowing of a love triangle in a future book between him, Tess and Alec. I'll have to wait and read other reviews though, as I have no desire or inclination to read more in this series.