The Point by John Dixon #bookreview #YA #scifi #thriller #TuesdayBookBlog

What if you had a power you had to hide from everyone–until now? In this bold sci-fi action thriller, a secret training program at West Point is turning misfits into a new generation of heroes. 

Welcome to The Point, future leaders of the Posthuman Age.

New Cadets, society is not ready for you. The oldest, fiercest fear is ignorance. The general population would burn you at the metaphorical stake.

Here, you will train alongside other posthumans. You will learn to control and maximize your powers and to use them for the greater good. You will discover camaraderie and purpose.

You will become a part of something bigger than yourselves: the Long Gray Line. 

Scarlett Winter has always been an outsider, and not only because she’s a hardcore daredevil and born troublemaker–she has been hiding superhuman powers she doesn’t yet understand. Now she’s been recruited by a secret West Point unit for cadets with extraordinary abilities. Scarlett and her fellow students are learning to hone their skills, from telekinetic combat to running recon missions through strangers’ dreamscapes. At The Point, Scarlett discovers that she may be the most powerful cadet of all. With the power to control pure energy, she’s a human nuclear bomb–and she’s not sure she can control her powers much longer.

Even in this army of outsiders, Scarlett feels like a misfit all over again, but when a threat that endangers her fellow students arises from the school’s dark past, duty calls and Scarlett must make a choice between being herself and becoming something even greater: a hero. 

I’m an X-Men fan, so obviously I couldn’t pass up reading this book.  Think military X-Men battling rogue X-Men, but the ‘good’ X-Men are under government regulation – the bone of contention in Captain America: Civil War – and are a secret.

Scarlett is a great protagonist – an out of control, rules-be-damned, free-spirited teen who learns a hard lesson in responsibility and consequences.  But once she commits to something, she’s in it wholeheartedly.  I thoroughly enjoyed her character arc.

Clearly, the author did extensive research on West Point, and it makes the story feel more authentic.  Nearing the last quarter of the book, I assumed there would be a sequel, but after a no-holds-barred climax, I was pleasantly surprised to see this novel is a standalone.  All questions are answered, and no plot lines are left dangling.

Although The Point doesn’t really bring anything new to the genre, it’s a fast-paced, action-packed read that will appeal to superhero and sci-fi fans.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.

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