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Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite
Fear Justice (The Fear Chronicles Book 1) is a fast-paced, young adult spy thriller from C. C. Bolick. Seventeen-year-old Rena Mason has one thing on her mind; graduating her senior year at high school, getting a full scholarship so she can study aeronautical engineering and, most of all, getting out of the hick Florida town she has lived in since she was six years old. Rena used to love their life there but all that changed three years ago when they were involved in a car accident in which Rena’s beloved mother was killed. With her father taking to the bottle, Rena was forced to grow up way too soon and assume full responsibility for looking after her little brother. Little did Rena realize the appearance of a new boy at school would change her life forever. When her father is kidnapped by terrorists, Rena starts to understand that she may be much more than she originally thought and that her mother might not have been just the loving housewife and mother she had always known.
C. C. Bolick has produced an extremely readable and exciting action thriller that is tailor-made for the target young adult audience. Fear Justice is doubtless the start of what promises to be an exciting series featuring these young “secret agents”. I would probably best describe this story as a cross between Men in Black and X-Men. The idea of a super-secret government agency tasked with dealing with aliens and those humans with enhanced powers, either genetically received or by accident, is certainly one that has been done before but I found Bolick’s slant on the story to be refreshing and novel. I particularly liked the developing relationship between Rena and Travis. I also found the “superpower” attributed to Rena to be odd and unusual enough to lift the story above the run-of-the-mill young adult thrillers. Rena is a superb character with strength and vulnerability that shines through on every page. If you like action-packed tales, aliens, the paranormal, and a whole helping of romance, this is definitely the book and series for you. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I am about as far from a young adult as it’s possible to be.