Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Release Date: 5th November 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
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Quick Review: Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.
What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides— especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own.
Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.
Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.
Detailed Review: <ARC received from NetGalley>
I was hooked from the first page. That's enough said.
But on second thoughts, let me give you a brief overview of what to expect from The Naturals. Expect a love triangle, some very bloody and gory visuals of women with cut-up faces, hidden messages, and one hell of a twist with varying points of views from Cassie and a serial killer who's more dangerous and closer than you ever thought he/she was.
Prepare to be surprised.
THE CHARACTERS: They were amazingly well-portrayed and written. They had depth and character. I especially liked how each of the teenagers of the program had an unusual past, which helped develop and shape their abilities.
So here are the 5 kids from the program:
Cassie was a great heroine. She's everything an awesome heroine should be: bold, stubborn, smart, determined, caring. She is also a very gifted profiler, who can tell you things you never knew about someone with just a single glance. Cool right?
Then there's Michael. He's the one who can read emotions. I love how he antangonises Cassie by telling her what emotions he's reading from her. And no matter how much she tries to profile him, from the first time they met, she ends up empty-handed.
Dean: He's considered the most dangerous because of his past. He can get into a killer's head easily. Michael also antagonises him by asking him questions related to his past. He pushes everyone away every time they approach him. But Dean does have a soft spot, when it comes to Cassie especially.
Lia: She's the lie detection expert. She knows when you're lying and is very good at lying herself. She's the one who tries to have fun, and she's just unpredictable sometimes. One day she's nice, one day she's not.
Sloane: She is described as the walking encyclopedia in the book. If say you were talking about eggs, she'd tell you which eggs are the most common in America and whether most people who eat them are male or female. I feel like she breaks the tension between the other characters with all these facts, which I sometimes found funny. But when she gets really scared, the facts she spews out are not that funny after all...
And the killer? You wouldn't have expected the killer to be so close to you and related to you in so many ways.
Brief Review: This book is a great thriller and the action simply escalates throughout the book. The love triangle is bound to make the story better and that twist at the end just makes The Natural worth reading even more. If you are looking for a boon that keeps you guessing and your pulse racing, The Naturals is your best bet.
Final Rating: 5/5 Totally Amazing!
QUOTE: To Cassie, about her past.
Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing what to do is the worse kind of suffering---Paulo Coelho