SynopsisEric Horton has been having disturbing nightmares of explosions and fire and someone screaming. The dreams keep him up at night, but during the day, as a goalkeeper on his high school’s varsity soccer team, he has been unbeatable, saving shot after shot with what feels like a supernatural awareness of where the ball is headed. He also shares an uncommonly strong connection with Renee, the attractive new French exchange student. The wild visions and synchronicities pale in comparison to the strange experiments Renee’s father is carrying out in the physics lab at the university, however. He has asked Eric to take part in the tests, which makes Eric question whether what he is seeing and hearing is reality or something far beyond it. When his friend Will develops a drinking problem and Renee starts flirting with other guys, Eric loses his confidence on the soccer field and in himself. If he is going to pull it all together, he will have to tap into a part of himself that he never knew existed.
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I find it funny how I read two soccer books back-to-back. Right after The Romeo Club, I jumped right into this one. I mention this because I was in the right sort of mind for the soccer references. It's not that I have anything against soccer, it's just that I personally haven't played in so long, I sort of forget what it's like. But now I'm digressing.
What I meant to get at was this: I've never seen quite a combination like this. A mix of soccer, physics, and.... a French girl. I never would have come up with all of that. But I like how Tracy Richardson made it all work somehow. It was a lot of info in a fairly short book, but I didn't feel overwhelmed or anything. The present tense narration was a bit of a shocker, but I got used to it. It just... worked somehow.
This is one of those rare cases where I don't love the male MC, but I still felt a connection to him. He had a voice that I could easily relate to and understand. When he was scared and confused about the dreams, I felt that, too. When he was pissed off at Will for drinking, you better believe I was pissed off, too. As for the whole Renee thing, I think the synopsis exaggerates quite a bit. I almost hated her for most of the book because of that one sentence. But as I read on, I found myself liking her a bit.
The love thing wasn't the main focus. It was mostly about the strange experiments and "the field" (I'll let you figure that out. I love how she made that work, too.) I'm personally a fan of that kind of physics. The super abstract kind that involves space and time (basically anything other than the physics class I'm currently taking). It has always intrigued me and I doubt that will ever stop. So I really did enjoy reading this. I'll have to look into those ideas a bit more. It's certainly not new, but the way she approached it was.
Overall, it was a great, quick read. I easily finished it in a day. And I won't be forgetting it anytime soon.
Rating: 3 stars
Recommendation: anybody who likes sci-fi and perhaps a bit of mystery
ABOUT THE AUTHORTracy Richardson lives in Indiana with her family and their Jack Russell terrier, Ernie. When her children started reading, she rediscovered her childhood favorites and began developing stories of her own. Images from growing up on Lake Michigan feature prominently in her novels, and sometimes bits and pieces of actual people and events—with the names changed to protect the innocent! She is working on her second novel, THE FIELD, a teen/YA novel featuring one of the characters from INDIAN SUMMER.
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