This YA trilogy focuses on Will West, and extraordinarily gifted athlete and scholar whose parents have always asked him to keep his gifts and abilities “under the radar.” As a 15-year old only child, Will has complied with their requests and maintained a close relationship with his parents as they have moved multiple times during his life. One morning, Will’s world changes drastically when representatives from “The Center,” an exclusive preparatory high school show up because he’s been careless with his parent’s instructions and scored off the charts on a national scholastic test. The adventure begins here as Will’s parents are attacked and Will flees to the refuge of The Center with the help of a stranger named Dave. Will realizes that there’s more to this world than just the people walking on it and begins dealing with creatures from the “Never Was” who can travel through time and space. At The Center, Will discovers that almost all of his suite-mates have special talents and abilities like his. They all become involved in uncovering a conspiracy known as The Knights of Charlemagne.
The story is entertaining, but it could have been better written with a few less loose ends. If you have a teen who enjoys Fantasy/Sci-Fi, this might be a series of interest. I am currently on the 2nd book in the series, but I have heard that the 3rd book does not conclude well and that you are left with many questions. It sounds like a series that won’t leave you feeling satisfied so that is why the rating is recommended with reservations.
Review Submitted by: Sandi Hauenstein
Rating: Recommended with Reservations