Age Range: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Supernatural
Release Date: October 5, 2010
Will Hunter is used to being the New Kid; Harrisburg High School is his fifth new school in less than three years. By now, he knows not to be fooled by the bright pep rallies, the wholesome jocks, the innocent cheerleaders. He knows the evil lurking underneath. It’s the same evil that took his dad eight years ago: the same evil he battles every day.
Natalie Holand’s life fell apart the night her sister Emily disappeared. No one believes her when she tells them what she saw: yellow and green eyes, glowing beneath the surface of the water in which Emily supposedly drowned. And Emily isn’t the only person to go missing in Harrisburg lately. The town is changing, not for the better, and Natalie doesn’t know why. What she does know is that, whatever’s happening, it’s bad, and the New Kid is right in the middle of it.
Because Will has a secret even bigger than Harrisburg’s, and there’s more to it than even he knows.
This fast-paced, action-packed first novel by veteran Hollywood screenwriter Temple Mathews takes the idea of high school as hell to a whole new level. Will’s story, part wish-fulfillment sci-fi adventure and part iconic hero’s journey with a side of budding romance, will appeal to teen readers of both genders.
Why you should read this book: Typically the books I read are from the perspective of a girl. I'm not sure why that happens, but in almost every book I've ever read the main character is always female. Sure there's usually a main guy too, but it's mostly about her. In The New Kid, it's the opposite. The entire series of books is from Will's perspective and I really enjoyed the change. It's nice to see what goes on inside a guys head. It's nice to see that girls aren't the only one's who struggle with being the strong one or taking care of their friends and family and falling in love. I'm not entirely sure what originally drew me to this series, but whatever it was I'm glad it did. When it first came out it was a Borders exclusive book and you couldn't get it anywhere else and the cover was interesting so I figured I would give it a read and I found that I thoroughly enjoyed it. There's a little bit of everything in this book. Action, adventure, love, friendship, and a truly original storyline. This is the first book in the trilogy. Book two is called The Rising and book three is called The Sword of Armageddon. I haven't read book three yet, but I ordered if from Amazon and am anxiously awaiting it's arrival.