This was a really long book, took me a few days to finish all over 500 pages. The book starts out with Sam sitting in class, and his teacher just all of a sudden disappearing. Just gone. Turns out all adults and teens over 14 have disappeared. The kids are left. Sam also has a secret, he’s discovered he has a power. Some kind of flashing light/flame that can create a light or take off someone’s hand. Turns out there are others with powers, and some of them are up at the Coates Academy, a private school for troubled rich kids, where Sam’s mother works. Turns out that it is possible that Sam’s twin brother may also be at that academy. Supposedly their mom gave him up, but kept Sam. Anyway, it’s a pretty good story, there’s some darkness behind all this, and not only are their kids with powers, the animals seem to have evolved in strange ways as well. Flying snakes, talking coyotes. And when kids turn 15 now, they also “poof”. They find a wall all around the town that burns when they touch it. Sam’s friend Astrid’s younger brother Pete is autistic and may have something to do with the whole mess. There’s a big confrontation between Sam and his “brother” at the end, but there isn’t a set solution, and it is left for at least a sequel, which we have at the store and I’ll have to read after I get done with all my book lists.
The next book I started yesterday was called Shifty, by Lynn E. Hazen, and it will be my next review.