Sunday, 9 November 2014

DNF Review: Elixir by Ted Galdi Synsopsis:
Meet 14-year-old Sean Malone. He has an IQ above 200, a full-ride scholarship to one of the country’s top universities, and more than one million dollars from his winning streak on Jeopardy. However, Sean wishes he could just be normal.

But his life is anything but normal. The US government manipulates him, using him as a codebreaker in pursuit of a drug lord and killing innocent people along the way. 

For reasons related to his personal security, Sean finds himself in Rome, building a new life under a new name, abandoning academics, and hiding his genius from everyone. When he’s 18 he falls in love. The thrills begin again when he learns that his girlfriend is critically ill and it’s up to him to use his intellect to find a cure, a battle pitting him against a multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical company and the demons of his past. 

Elixir is a story about identity, secrets, and above all, love.

***I received the eBook free as a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review***

For once I don’t really have much to say! To be honest I didn’t like this book, and it’s not so much because of the book itself (which sounds crazy I know) and I’m sure any other day I might have loved it; but stuck in a book slump, Elixir just didn’t hold my interest. The first 150 pages or so were exactly like the synopsis says, so in a way it felt repeated. Granted it was time to connect with characters, but then Sean leaves some of them behind at the beginning. Sean I also found, while undoubtedly clever wasn’t an extraordinary character because it was hard to relate and this had nothing to do with him being a boy. You see him grow up, but never really felt like you knew him.

I wanted to love this book, I really did, but I didn’t even have the effort to finish (put down at 75%). When reading turns into a chore you know you haven’t found the book for you. Personally this book wasn’t for me; but if you love the idea of a tragic romance, a boy hiding from his true personality and a government trying to use/remove him, it might be worth giving this book a shot.

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