Seventeen-year-old Kaylin has been on the run, hiding her untapped abilities for six years, but rescuing a mysterious guy risks exposing the depths of her power. The manipulative sector groups hunt her kind. Life has never been easy, but resisting is even harder. This harsh, new world will no longer allow her to remain hidden.
I picked this book up on pre-order and read it right away. The premise of Influence is great and I loved the relationship between characters. If you love post-apocalyptic/dystopian style stories for young adults this is a perfect book for your next read!
After a harrowing experience in an orphanage six years ago while using her push ability, Kaylin is an influencer who has been on the run ever since. Along w ...more
This debut novel by David R. Bernstein is well written, well edited an moves at a fast pace to keep you completely submerged in this world he creat ...more
First of all, the narration was great! It was easy to listen to the book & keep track of the characters because of the different inflections that the narrator used. Without the talent of the narrator, this would have been a much less enjoyable book.
Maybe I am becoming a little jaded because of all of the dystopian YA books that I have read, but this book didn't really have anything new to offer. A bunch ...more
The relationships between all the characters were fluid and well written. I enjoyed the relationships between Kaylin and Amanda and Kaylin and Farren.
Although I suspected some of the things that happened during the book, it still surprised me when they did happen because you just weren't sure.
The ending was done amazingly well and left me looking forward to the next book in this series. ...more
I almost didn't finish this book, I felt the dialogue to be contrived and sometimes I felt that this male author forgot he was writing from a female perspective. I also felt the author could benefit from a thesaurus. I was getting tired of the word evil being over used. I get it, Magnus=bad. But he never really explains WHY they are bad. I probably won't read the next book because I never really felt invested in the characters or the plot. ...more
Influence could have been better. The dialogue felt pushed-pun intended. I loved it in the beginning, then it just kept falling off. I started to disconnect from all of the characters. It was just redundant and too fast a pace to feel invested anymore. I ended up skimming the other half of the book and it's cheesy dialogue. The ending I saw coming. Just could have been better. Doubt I will ever read book two. ...more
Author: David R. Bernstein
Publisher: Torment Publishing
Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01...
Reviewer: Teresa Fallen Angel
If you could manipulate the reality of others, would you?
Seventeen-year-old Kaylin has been on the run, hiding her untapped abilities for six years, but rescuing a mysterious guy risks exposing the depths of her power. The manipulative sector groups hunt her kind. Life has never been easy, but resisting is even h ...more
The story started out a bit confusing for me. At the very start a power is mentioned that I couldn’t quite fill in as to what and how. The story begins when Kaylin (this book is told from her perspective) tells about not being able ‘to sense his awareness’ like she normally can with everyone when she sees a boy or a man hanging from a signpost. I couldn’t quite “jump in” with that, couldn’t fathom how to fill in that power she has.
It gave fo ...more
Influence follows Kaylin, a young teen nomad who stays away from big factions/colonie ...more
So, I eagerly read through "Influence" in pieces. Why? Other obligations. I wouldn't recommend it in the future. My reading was a hot mess of an experience. I read a bit from the copy the author sent me, then I purchased the book and read it from there. I alternated between copies of the book, and read (and wrote!) another book during my reading of Influence. It's fair to say ...more
As you might i ...more
It's like one of those situations where you have a sports team with a strong roster but a subpar coach sells them short of their full potential. That's literally what I thought about this work.
However, it was also a fast-paced read containing action at just ...more
I stopped reading this at the 75% mark. I can’t connect to the characters. The girl sounds unbelievably educated give her background, and the use of first person perspective doesn’t help. The use of present tense makes it worse, as it isn’t utilized to bring any kind of excitement. The main character feels off and disconnected. It’s about as exciting as if she were narrating the weather, not a rebellion.
Sentences feel awkwardly short. The narration feels like narratio ...more
Influence is a fun new twist on post-apocalyptic ya fiction. Filled with people who can influence the minds of other people by using their "push" ability corporations have taken over countries and now the world is in a shambles. 17 year old Kaylin has been able to hide from the all might corporations ever since finding out she is an influencer.... until she and her friend Amanda help a dying boy at the side of the road.
If you love books where teenagers have strange powers and are trying to save ...more