I don’t really consider myself to be a picky reader. But I do have certain standards that books must uphold in order for me to finish reading it. For instance, it has to be medium to fast paced, give me great characters, and a good plot with lots of twists. Lucky for me, I found all of those in THE GOD PARTICLE (A Chloe Johansson Thriller) by Toby Tate.
Though the main character is only 16-years old, this isn’t your typical YA novel. Chloe isn’t side-tracked by boys, fashion and friends. Instead, she’s got a plan, which includes passing her exams at MIT. That is until she learns her Dad is missing because he discovered something that could shatter the very foundations of science. Oh, and her best friend is pregnant, too. What’s a girl to do in that situation? I’d have fallen to pieces, but Chloe’s tough. Her mission: ace her exams and try to save the world.
Tate offers the perfect balance between older teen and new adult with this character. She’s smart beyond belief, but she still has that naivety of inexperience that makes her believable.
The one thing I loved about this book was that I couldn’t predict what would happen next. The storyline was compelling and unique. I enjoyed the science aspect just as much as I did the suspense of all the events taking place. There were just enough plot twists to keep me intrigued but not confused.
Tate’s writing style was a bit different in this book than from his others. He used both a first person and a third person perspective. I admit, at first the shift caught me off guard but as I continued to read, the story flowed smooth and was well paced, especially in the second half.
I did receive an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, but I’d gladly accept another from Mr. Tate as he continues to surprise me with his stories. He’s definitely an author to keep your eye on.
Have you read any great books lately? Do share!