Touch (Denazen #1)by Jus Accardo
Published November 1, 2011 by Entagled Publishing
When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet, seventeen-year-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity to piss off her father by bringing the mysterious hottie with ice blue eyes home.
Except there’s something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the shower, is overly fascinated with things like DVDs and vases, and acts like she’ll turn to dust if he touches her. It’s not until Dez’s father shows up, wielding a gun and knowing more about Kale than he should, that Dez realizes there’s more to this boy—and her father’s “law firm”—than she realized.
Kale has been a prisoner of Denazen Corporation—an organization devoted to collecting “special” kids known as Sixes and using them as weapons—his entire life. And, oh yeah, his touch? It kills. The two team up with a group of rogue Sixes hellbent on taking down Denazen before they’re caught and her father discovers the biggest secret of all. A secret Dez has spent her life keeping safe.
A secret Kale will kill to protect.
I'd rate this 3.7 (round to 4). The story had its ups and downs but the super cool abilities and ever increasing number of mysteries made it a keeper. TOUCH wasn't what I expected, but I was intrigued by the plot. Dez's ultra-limited-teenage-feminist-rage- against-the-man attitude was a bit annoying, but she quickly balanced out to a more manageable degree. However, I thought her generally slow and somewhat predictable.
One aspect I thought was stellar was how Kale had basically no concept of modern day life. The troubles he had learning about everyday life was very well done. I absolutely LOVED all the abilities... Accardo created some really innovative super abilities. The story unfortunately could have been a bit more polished. One character finds out another is a relative but they don't even acknowledge it, rather it is the connecting relationship that's the focus.
The story is refreshing and there are some terrific one liners. There is enough there for me to recommend the book, but only to those 15 and up.