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Sep 03 2012

Losing Lila by Sarah Alderson

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Simon and Schuster, 2012. ISBN 9780857071972.
Lila is a 'psy'. This means she belongs to a genetic group with special abilities. She can move objects by concentrating her mind but others in her group can read minds or 'freeze' people. Richard Stirling heads up a military unit with a special agenda. He would like to harness these special abilities and use them as warfare weapons. He is ruthless and powerful. Already he has Lila's brother and mother under his control.
Since uncovering the sinister goals of the unit Lila has been on the run with Alex, her childhood friend and previous employee of the unit. She loves him and yearns for a normal relationship. However, her family is in great danger and she cannot rest until they are safe. Her father is unwittingly helping the unit with its evil research and Lila is unsure who can be trusted. With the help of friends Lila decides to return and face her tormentors.
This book is the sequel to Hunting Lila and readers will derive maximum pleasure from reading them in order. Regardless, Losing Lila can be read independently and there is much to enjoy.The first chapter plunges straight into adventure and the action continues to escalate until the thrilling climax. The relationship between Alex and Lila is fuelled with sexual tension but does not overshadow the main game.
This book will be appreciated by sophisticated young adult readers of both sexes. Encompassing elements of sci-fi , thriller and romance it will leave readers eagerly awaiting the third volume.
Tina Cain

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