To my embarrassment I found that I had missed an email over the summer from Steven Whibley who told me about the release of Relic the sequel to Glimpse which I reviewed a few months ago. Luckily I was able to pull this gem from the wreckage of my inbox just in time.
Publication date: 25th July 2013
From the dust cover: “Fourteen-year-old Dean Curse is still having horrifying visions of people in grave danger – visions that leave him a single day to save their lives. So far, he’s considered a few broken bones and a standing appointment in group therapy to be a small sacrifice compared to the good he’s done.
While learning more about the mysterious society that gave him the gift, Dean has a vision that leads him to believe a monk is going to rob a museum—if he’s right, the robbery will go very badly. But he can’t get the police to believe him. In fact, the authorities think Dean is at the root of all the trouble. Dean and his friends decide the only way to save a few lives is to take matters into their own hands, even if it means breaking a few laws. They have 24 hours to decide if the ends really do justify the means.”
My Ebook review: The second book in a series is often so informative of the strengths of the author and his creation. In Relic we get to read a highly interesting book that is not just an extension of the franchise but also an important development of the plot and of the characters.
In the first book we are served the excitement of the new and the almost breathless action of our hero trying to come to terms with just what is going on his life. In Relic we see a fundamental strengthening of Dean’s character but importantly a clear definition of those of his friends and collaborators. We learn something new and important about the skills that Dean has been given, and we also get to feel something of the burden that is placed on these young shoulders.
Relic retains the appeal to younger readers but is certainly a fascinating read for the more advanced in years because it ask questions that are not readily answered and is a high paced adventure.
Did I like it: certainly yes. It has that spirit of discovery and adventure that grips me and even though it is for a younger audience primarily it does become facile; the heroes do not get it all their own way just because they are young heroes, I like that.