Gifted by H.A. Swain
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It has been years since geniuses and prodigies have been born. Because of the Acquired Savant Abilities (ASA) procedure, the people who can afford it become great without all of the hard work of previous generations. Zimri is a natural when it comes to music, but she is only a “plebe” that works in a warehouse that supplies items through an on-line market. Even though she works a lot of hours and must help take care of her ailing grandmother, she cannot stop herself from making music. Then Zimri meets Orpheus and everything she thought she knew about music is turned upside down.
Gifted is a science fiction thriller that will have the reader thinking about many different topics. Swain unpacks social function with a copyright twist and weaves in a love story for added flair. The action moves along steadily and readers will find the pages almost turning on their own. Although the story itself is very complete, Swain has developed a world that will easily leave openings for a continuation of the story or companion books.
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