My rating: 4 of 5 stars
ShockWaves by Suzanna Williams is about Jack and Paige, two teenaged orphans who are linked telepathically. They can see what the other sees and feel what they feel through what they call shockwaves. The story picks up when Paige is kidnapped and Jack tries to save her. The action is well written and kept me turning the page.
Yet, the story is not without its flaws. No explanation is given as to why these complete strangers were mentally linked. I expected to read that they were twins separated at birth, or that they were together when a laboratory blew up and spewed a chemical cocktail into the air. But there was nothing.
There is a telepathic police officer in the story, but he wears glasses to block his special powers. You could remove his telepathy from his character and not change the story at all. Yes, he mentally tells Jack how to find a room he’s looking for, but Jack would have found it on his own.
The antagonist is a real nut job, but his reason for abducting Paige is flimsy. If he only wanted to vex the telepathic policeman, any girl would do. And yet he went out of his way to trap and keep Paige as if obsessed with her. I expected the policeman to dream of Paige when he took off his glasses at night, perhaps feeling her plight, but no such connection was made.
Despite its flaws, I enjoyed ShockWaves and recommend it to teen and pre-teen readers.