Don’t you just love it when you come across a book at random that you end up loving and just can’t believe that you never knew about the book before that moment?
Well, the first two books of The Delphi Trilogy by Rysa Walker are perfect examples of this. Because the third book doesn’t come out until October of this year (2018), I’m doing a combined review again for the first two books: The Delphi Effect and The Delphi Resistance.
The Delphi Effect (book one)
Goodreads blurb: It’s never wise to talk to strangers…and that goes double when they’re dead. Unfortunately, seventeen-year-old Anna Morgan has no choice. Resting on a park bench, touching the turnstile at the Metro station—she never knows where she’ll encounter a ghost. These mental hitchhikers are the reason Anna has been tossed from one foster home and psychiatric institution to the next for most of her life.
When a chance touch leads her to pick up the insistent spirit of a girl who was brutally murdered, Anna is pulled headlong into a deadly conspiracy that extends to the highest levels of government. Facing the forces behind her new hitcher’s death will challenge the barriers, both good and bad, that Anna has erected over the years and shed light on her power’s origins. And when the covert organization seeking to recruit her crosses the line by kidnapping her friend, it will discover just how far Anna is willing to go to bring it down.
How could you not be intrigued?! I’ve always loved books with characters that have some kind of psychic ability or power that reminds me of X-Men. With The Delphi Effect and the main character Anna, Rysa Walker created a well executed unique idea that I love.
I loved Anna as a character as well as the Quinn family, particularly Aaron and Taylor who interact with Anna the most. Plus there’s Anna’s foster brother Deo. All characters were very well crafted and relatable, even Molly, the ghost who Anna picks up that is the catalyst for the whole story.
The plot was well done and just complex enough to make the story great without weighing it down. I loved the conspiracy aspect and some of the twists that Walker throws the reader’s way. The world building – the abilities that people have – are woven into a current reality really well.
All of these elements are great on their own, but it’s Walker’s writing that really brings everything together (like most books). While not poetic or anything similar, Walker’s writing and descriptions is what brings the characters and this enhanced reality to life.
My Reading Status Updates:
The Delphi Resistance (book two)
Goodreads blurb: What if your mind became your worst enemy?
Struggling with evolving psychic abilities, seventeen-year-old Anna Morgan and her equally exceptional friends are on the run from the ruthless Graham Cregg, leader of a covert operation known as the Delphi Project. Cregg has already killed repeatedly to test Anna’s ability. Now, he and his father, a presidential contender, will stop at nothing to recapture the Delphi adepts, whom they see as weapons to be controlled—or destroyed.
Navigating an increasingly hostile landscape, Anna and her friends form a resistance to rescue those still in the Creggs’ fatal grip. As more gifted kids vanish and public awareness of the Delphi Project grows, so does the opinion that getting rid of the adepts may be a necessary evil.
Yet even as they face off against cold-blooded killers, government operatives, and a public intensely afraid of their psychic powers, the greatest threat to Anna and the resistance may come from within themselves—and their own mysterious abilities could spell their ultimate downfall.
This book, the second in the trilogy, did not disappoint. At all. There’s so much more action, a few more good twists thrown in, and more information regarding Anna’s past and just the world itself.
While there is more action and just more progression in general to the story, there are slow parts in the book, but honestly I don’t remember it hindering my reading experience. I really enjoyed the majority of the story progression points – it made the story better and it made the characters that much better and more fun to read.
One of the biggest aspects to this book is Anna’s power evolving. She’s learning more about it, she’s getting closer to where she came from, but she’s also having more internal struggles. At one point she has more than one ‘hitchhiker’ inside her head, which adds a new element into the mix. But it means that she struggles with not losing herself either; I really enjoyed this because it added another layer of sorts to her character.
This was a great addition to the first book in the trilogy and I’m really sad/mad/anxious that I have wait so long for the final book.
My Reading Status Updates:
I had no expectations going into this book/ series, but I was surprised and beyond excited that I picked up this series to read (thank you Kindle Unlimited). If you have Kindle Unlimited or have a chance to pick this series up, do it!!
Have you had the chance to read this series? What did you think? If not, are you adding it to your TBR right now?