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The Reach by Nate Kenyon
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Jan 20, 2009

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Read in January, 2009

Nate Kenyon has reinvented the "wild talent" novel with THE REACH, and it's about time somebody did! I couldn't put it down!

Kenyon has crafted the perfect melding of paranormal sci-fi with the horror trope of a wrongly (or is she?) imprisoned asylum inmate. Add to that a smattering of mystery and thriller and THE REACH is what every novel aspires to be -- a rollercoaster of plot with characters you love to ride with -- and at the end, you hope they'll get in line with you again.

THE REACH feels like a classic sci-fi/horror novel of the '70s and 80s; part Wilson Tucker's WILD TALENT and part Stephen King's FIRESTARTER, at its core is Sarah, a girl who has lived her entire life in an asylum, effectively keeping her amazing and frightening gifts under narcotic lock and key. But what will happen when the chains are broken? As you follow young psych student Jess Chambers deeper into the labyrinthine mystery of Sarah's life, you'll soon find that you can't stop reading until you know the cataclysmic end - THE REACH doesn't let go!
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