FICTION

Rewind

256p. Boyds Mills Pr. Apr. 2018. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781629798141.
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Gr 8 Up—Alex Manning is a 16-year-old time Spinner—superbeings who have the power to freeze and rewind time. The only catch is that Spinners do not make it past their teenage years. The "Norms," everyday people, fear Spinners and their powers. Spinners are taken from their parents when they are babies. They live in centers, similar to a lock-down facility, with doctors and scientists monitoring them. To prolong Spinners' lives, their chronotin levels are managed through taking medication. Once they start to get "the Sick," Spinners' health quickly deteriorates within a matter of months. People who are touched by Spinners while time is being frozen also stay frozen in time. Spinners help Norms with crime investigations and they work with assigned agents. Alex is assigned to Agent Ross to catch one of the most prolific and dangerous thieves and murderers. As Alex begins to get "the Sick," Agent Ross gets her underground experimental treatment. The side effects give Alex new time freezing skills that allow her or anyone rewinding with her the ability to alter moments in time. This debut set amid the backdrop of Portland, OR, will not disappoint teens interested in fast-paced, supernatural science fiction. Human experimentation, crime investigation, and test of friendships will keep readers engaged and asking important questions about science. This book has good character growth with a strong female antagonist.
VERDICT A great quick pick for reluctant readers.

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