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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
The Unseen Ones is the second installment of The Hollis Timewire Series by Danielle Harrington. Sixteen-year-old Hollis Timewire reels from the aftershock of her time at the government's Testing Center. Devoid of her powers and having lost her best friend, Hollis's nightmare continues further as the government's forces attack their hiding spot, leading to the deaths of hundreds of her fellow Diseased Ones, a.k.a., people with superpowers. While many in the Council want to execute her for her actions, her ability teacher, Jonah Luxent, speaks on her behalf, putting her on probationary observation. After an attack by unknown assailants within the community, Hollis plans an audacious raid on Area 19s Testing Center to rescue the government's secret weapon, a boy with the ability to suppress other Diseased Ones. Will Hollis succeed?
The Unseen Ones feels like a young adult hybrid between The Hunger Games and X-Men. Author Danielle Harrington's tale of persecuted superpowered humans in rebellion against the government draws you in from the first page and refuses to let go until the end. The plot moves at a blistering pace, with twists and turns that keep your eyes glued to the pages. The characters are well developed, and despite the large cast, Harrington finds a way to make you feel invested even in the ones with the least amount of page time. Hollis is a likable protagonist, and her dynamic with Jonah and her friends were some of my favorite parts of the book. If you're a fan of young adult fantasy novels, check out The Unseen Ones.