CM . . . . Volume XVIII Number 31 . . . . April 13, 2012
Caitlyn and her mom are on the run – again – because they are Paranormals in a society which thinks such telepathic gifts are illegal and which sends out government troopers and trackers to follow and hopefully arrest any Paranormals they find. Caitlyn’s father was killed in an anti-Para riot, and her brother disappeared at about the same time so she can only rely on her mom. Every time they feel the need, they move to a different city and both try to find a new routine and become as ordinary as possible. But in this new situation, Caitlyn has been pursued by other Paranormals who have formed something like a cult which is determined to take over everything and everyone and restore Paranormals’ rights. Caitlyn is faced with three choices: join the rebel group, do her best to stay hidden, or stand up and fight the rebels in order to follow her own convictions as to what is right and just.
Cheryl Rainfield has provided young adults with an outstanding science fiction novel. There are familiar teenage themes such as romance and relationships as well as fitting in when you’re the new kid in a high school. But Hunted goes far beyond this. It is a novel full of tension and suspense as the action begins on the first page and keeps pressing right until the end. It isn’t always clear just who is a Normal and who is a Para, who is good and who is bad. Caitlyn is a strong female protagonist who never loses sight of what she must do to not only save her fellow Paras from destruction but also to save all of the Normals who are sympathizers for her cause. Although certainly the centre of the book, Caitlyn’s character is supported by strong secondary characters in her friend Rachel and boyfriend Alex as well as other teens and teachers at her school.
Ann Ketcheson, who lives in Ottawa, ON, is a retired secondary school teacher librarian and teacher of English and French.
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