The Athena Effect by Derrolyn Anderson
Country girl Cali has been kept a secret her entire life, raised in isolation by two very troubled people. Despite her parent’s disturbing fits, Cal is perfectly content, living at one with the nature that surrounds her, and finding adventure inside the pages of her beloved books. When an awful tragedy tears her away from her remote cabin in the woods, nothing she’s ever read has prepared her for a world that she knows very little about.
Girls and motorcycles are what bad-boy Cal’s life is all about. Brought up in a raucous party house by his biker brother, he’s free to do as he pleases, going through the motions on his final days of high school. Aimless, Cal stopped thinking about his future a long time ago.
Attacked by a gang of thugs while running an errand for his brother, Cal is in serious trouble until a fierce girl appears out of nowhere to intervene. She chases off three grown men, sparing Cal a brutal beating before disappearing into the night like a spirit. He can’t stop thinking about his mysterious rescuer, and when she turns out to be the weird new girl at school who goes out of her way to avoid him, he can’t contain his curiosity.
He’s never met anyone like her before, and the more he learns about the unusual girl who shares his nickname, the more he wants to know. Cal can’t help falling for Cal, but can he keep her from falling victim to a dangerous enemy from her parent’s tragic past?
The Athena Effect was not what I expected at all! I bought this book thinking I was going to read a book with Greek mythology within the pages. I was way off. After reading through the first chapters I started to think that I unwittingly bought a romance novel. I kept reading because Caledonia was a pretty cool character. It was only when I got halfway through the book the good stuff started happening. I thought The Athena Effect was well worth reading. Did anyone else think the Cal and Cal thing was really adorable?
The characters were very realistic. At first I thought the characters were pretty much just stereotypes but the author added some elements to the characters that made them very likeable(or hateable) and realistic. Caledonia is an awesome female character: she is tough and intelligent with just the right amount of naivety and ignorance. This is a really hard character to pull of but is done very well. Caledonia’s power: reading emotions, was really fun to read about because the author was able to describe the emotions people were feeling very, very well. I found myself feeling like a was trapped in a room full of rainbows. Calvin who starts out like the bad boy character was given some really good development through the book and I found myself loving him as much as I loved Caledonia. The side characters were also pretty well made despite not really having a big role in the story. I thought that Teddy the Mad Scientist was pretty insane as expected from a Mad Scientist.
The story was really interesting when the climax happened about halfway through the book. The first half was about Caledonia and Calvin’s relationship and their character development which I really enjoyed but I think Teddy the Mad Scientist and his evil plan could have been revealed way earlier than when they did. There were a lot of questions to be answered at the ending but since this is a series I suspect they will be answered later in the series. Overall the story was pretty slow at the beginning but the awesome characters should keep you entertained until the good stuff comes in.
The writing was epic. I loved reading the descriptions of the emotions Caledonia could see. I glowed the colors red and pink with love whenever the emotions were described. The author describes the settings really well and I could just picture the places in my head with the details she gave me. The scientific explanations about The Athena Effect were awesome and I could just tell the author did her research. The writing was one of the reasons I kept reading the book(the other reason being the characters).
The Athena Effect is a really great and quick read. I would not recommend it to everyone as the book does have some subjects that are not for everyone: violence, sexual activity(although not very descriptive), and use of alcohol. This book is definitely worth your time.
I give The Athena Effect 4 out of 5 Stars