Adversary (Kate Kaynak)

Adversary (Ganzfield, #2)Adversary by Kate Kaynak

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(Mild spoilers, if you haven't yet read Minder, the first book in the series.)

From Goodreads: "The second book of the Ganzfield series. Things are more dangerous than they seem at Ganzfield, and not everyone will survive. Does Maddie have what it takes? See what happens next in the sequel to Minder."

Wow. Just... Wow. I can't even begin to tell you how impressed I was by this book, after having read the first. I reviewed Minder in July, and while I enjoyed it, there were some things that gave me pause when I went back to evaluate how I felt after reading the book.

Not so for Adversary. Right from the beginning it was as though I'd gotten on a roller coaster and taken off, and after that there was no stopping the ride. The book's flawless pacing and much-improved writing lend themselves to a story that I just could not put down.

For those of you just joining the series, our heroine is Maddie Dunn, a teenager with some "special" abilities. After joining the Ganzfield community and finding a place where she can grow and learn, she now finds that there may be danger around every corner, as a dangerous criminal, himself specially abled, is determined to see all G-positives taken down...

While I was reading Minder, I found myself thinking that Maddie had things just a little too easy. Well, maybe all that was just preparation for the grenades that are thrown in Adversary. The introduction of a potential new love interest for Maddie (one who I assume must be coming back in future books, because he is totally delectable), the advent of some broken limbs even before the story's gotten off the ground, and an overwhelmingly threatening adversary -- all these and more make Adversary deliciously gut-wrenching and nail-biting. But even with moments of sheer terror and horrific danger, there are still moments of tenderness, passion, and that friendly teenage snark that's just so much fun to read.

In short, I applaud Kate Kaynak for a sequel that's faster, leaner, and (let's face it, even if it's not a word) funner than the last. Looking forward to the next! 

*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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