Eighteen-year-old Julianne De Marchi is different. As in: she has an electrical undercurrent beneath her skin that stings and surges like a live wire. She can use it--to spark a fire, maybe even end a life--but she doesn't understand what it is. And she can barely control it, especially when she's anxious.
Ryan Walsh was on track for a stellar football career when his knee blew out. Now he's a soldier--part of an experimental privatised military unit that has identified Jules De Marchi as a threat. Is it because of the weird undercurrent she's tried so hard to hide? Or because of her mother Angie's history as an activist against bio-engineering and big business?
It's no coincidence that Ryan and Jules are in the same place at the same time--he's under orders to follow her, after all. But then an explosive attack on a city building by an unknown enemy throws them together in the most violent and unexpected way.
Paula Weston, author of the much-admired Rephaimseries, returns with a standalone work: a futuristic thriller that is only slightly futuristic--but utterly and undeniably thrilling. Great writing, heart-burning characters, probing questions about where technology is taking us--and a plot that zips and zings like an electrical current itself. This is a great young-adult writer at the peak of her powers.
Paula Weston is a Brisbane-based author. She has more than twenty years' experience as a professional writer--first as a print journalist and then as a government communication and media specialist. She co-owns a writing/design consultancy.
'Late for dinner, late for work, late late late. Thanks so much, Paula Weston. I picked up Shimmerand forgot everything else.' Adelaide Advertiser
'Superbly written, action-packed fiction with interesting, brilliantly flawed characters.' Fictional Thoughts
'Some books you crave. You keep returning to the cover art and re-reading the blurb, you stalk the authors' Twitter, Tumblr, Goodreads profiles in the hopes of gleaning morsels of information...you count-down to release day. Paula Weston is something special indeed.' ALPHA reader
'The Undercurrent has everything you could possibly ask for in a YA novel--illegal human experimentation, military groups for hire, companies with hidden agendas, government mismanagement of environmental threats, romance, X-Men-style abilities, a nuanced mother-daughter relationship and non-stop action and intrigue. The characters are endearing and believable, the romance meaningful without being saccharine and the plot races along with impeccable timing...The Undercurrentis a worthy companion to beloved Australian speculative novels such as The Sky So Heavyby Claire Zorn and John Marsden's Tomorrowseries.' Books+Publishing
Publication Date: 31-Jul-2017
Publisher: Text Publishing Company