Disclaimer: I received an ARC from Net Galley in exchange for a fair review
I seem to be on a roll with this whole ‘kids in schools that aren’t really schools’ genre aren’t I? There was the KGB run “school” in Sekret, the school QT Technologies which was more like a research facility in Ultraviolet Catastrophe and now we have St. Brigid’s, a school where the action takes place, but is rarely used in the school context for purposes of the story.
Becca is a 17 year-old girl who has always watched over her brother Ryland. She’s known for years that there was something different about him, and has spent her young life trying to protect him from those that would institutionalize him. Then one day a pair of men named Alex and Taron ask to him him to St. Brigid, a place where there are other people like her brother so that he’ll fit in.
Though he is the driving force behind the story, he is quickly relegated to the sidelines as he fits in almost instantly, shifting the focus to Becca herself. There is a twist about half-way through the book that, while not necessarily telegraphed, it’s pretty easy to figure out, both from the hints that are dropped and just that the book does feel kind of predictable.
This is one of those books that doesn’t really do anything new and doesn’t necessarily try to. Though called “The Holders” the abilities we see here aren’t necessarily all that outlandish (no flying here) and many of them would fit in on shows like Heroes or the Tomorrow People. It’s also one of those books where ultimately, beyond the big twist and the resolution of the story that was set up, not that much really happens, choosing to save the real action for the sequel, instead focusing more on Becca and her personal life, which again, holds little real surprises and probably end up the way you expect it to.
At the end of it, this is going to be one of those books that you’ll forget about a few days after you’ve read it. It is a fun and quick read and if you’re looking for some light escapist reading, this will satisfy.
Verdict: Borrow It