The very first thing I have to say is I loved the way the author wrote the dialogue! I enjoyed the characters even though at first I felt Samantha was a little too perfect a student/child. But then when things started happening I understood why she was the way she was. I loved Colin her boyfriend. I also liked how the time period was one we could relate to, it was in the now. Not years from now on some odd planet. And with all the genetic manipulation going on in today's world I could actually see this being true. This book has a lot of twists and turns and will keep you wondering what's going to happen next. There are also many horrible things that happen in this book and I must say that it is not a book for younger kids. For instance I wouldn't want my 10 year old to read it but I would let my 16 year old read it without a problem.
All in all book was for me was a successfully written story that captivated my attention and had me flipping pages and on the edge of my seat enough for me to immediately grab book 2.
Book 2 picks up exactly where book one left off. Samantha and Eric are trying to find a way to stop the ticking time bomb which is inside them. I won't give too much away because there are things you will already know by this point that you discover in book 1. Suffice it to say this was again a well written and suspenseful story. This book deals with some more mature issues in regards to teens. There were references to sex in this book that were missing from the first book. But it was done in a manner that was definitely tasteful and also quite realistically necessary to the plot. I think the entire genetic manipulation aspect of things remind me of a few of the TV shows I enjoyed and maybe that is why my attention is grabbed with this book. I have to say that the characters show quite a bit of growth in this book. Once again the author has successfully created a world that is both dangerous and yet realistic to our modern day world. I have to say I finished this book in about 4 hours and grabbed book 3. Yes I spent an entire day and half the night reading this series.