Told in a series of letters from the victims to a therapist, this is the story of Jillian, aka Ashlynn. After finding herself and her babysitter both kidnapped and held in the clutches of a group of potentially mad (but brilliant) scientists, Jillian discovers that she is one of Devya's Children, a bioengineered and genetically-manipulated child born in a fake womb. No details are given about how she becomes part of the family she grows up with, but it's obvious that there is more to this story and to Jillian and the rest of her siblings. She is not the only one of Devya's Children, and what they all have in common are Gifts that set them aside from common children.
This is a very interesting book, told in a unique way. The ability to read the letters sent from Jillian and Danielle to Dr. S (Dr. Stephanie Sokolowski) is a great way to learn what happens to the characters in their own words, You also see letters from another of Devya's Children, as well as from friends and family members. The letters are pretty much in chronological order, though of course they are written after the fact, looking back at the ordeal from a safe perspective. This allows the writers to tell the truth, though you can sense that just as in any story, there is more going on than what you are seeing. Or in this case, reading.
I look forward to future books in this series and would recommend it to young adults and adults both, as it is a book that can be enjoyed by a variety of ages. I would rate this at 4 1/2 stars, but unfortunately Amazon doesn't accept half stars. The weak point of this story relies in the fact that there are a few too many characters who go by different names, so it's sometimes difficult to keep track of who everyone is without referring to the "Dramatis Personae" at the beginning of the book. Unfortunately, referring back to the beginning of the book and then switching to where you previously is time-consuming and somewhat annoying on a kindle.
NOTE: I received a free copy of this book through in exchange for an honest review.
If Ashlynn's Dreams is a book that interests you, the kindle version is currently available for $0.99 at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BDPGF7S/?tag=shasworofboo-20.
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