I came across OVERDRIVE several years after it was first published. I was surprised at the pacing of the story. Often first novels suffer from the proper lack of pacing. While Overdrive does suffer from this flaw at times, power of the author and his sense of pacing.
I found it to be more of a life study of the characters,and in particular how they view themselves and are forced to face the consequences of their decisions.
As a first novel OVERDRIVE offers a glipse of a powerful new voice, One that will hopefully mature and work through the flaws of the first. I am looking forward to the next work by the author.