by D.R. Rosensteel
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: January 6th 2020
Zach’s got a secret. The only reason he’s agreed to an internship at the Mastermind Complex, a high-tech academy for teens, is to use their supercomputer to find the person who framed him. He never stole anything but was locked up in juvie anyway. Now he’s out, he’s got a plan, and nothing will get in his way…not even the girl he’s been partnered with, who excels at proving opposites attract.
Jane’s got a secret. She was the informant who led to Zach’s arrest. Did she mean for that to happen? No way. And now she has to work with him to save the world. Because an “internship” at the Mastermind Complex is actually a program to train super-geniuses as soldiers in a war of the minds. Zach’s and Jane’s intellectual skills complement each other, making them an unbeatable pair.
She can’t resist their ionic attraction, but if he ever discovers the truth, she’ll lose him forever. And worse, breaking their partnership would mean sacrificing all the innocent lives depending on them.
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Ionic Attraction is a cute, probably-safe-for-preteens-too (just some kissing, mild danger for our protagonists without graphic details) YA thriller! Some aspects of the plot require more than a little suspension of belief (a super secret government agency that appears to consist of one adult and a group of teen geniuses, one of those aforementioned geniuses left in charge of a dangerous op while the adult is out of state…) but the characters are likable and the story is a page turner.
Plus, the explanation for the title is freaking adorable. I have no idea if the science of the story makes any sense whatsoever, but I enjoyed my time with Zach and Jane (and Nolan, Michael, Mina, Anna, and Mr. Parker) and would be willing to pick up a next book if D.R. Rosensteel were inclined to write one.
Rating: 4 stars / B
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the Author:
D. R. Rosensteel is a research consultant who had no intention of writing anything but technical papers describing his theories of metaphysical psychometry. But when a hoodied teen showed him a device that turned her thoughts into weapons, and told him about a secret society of protectors who trained her in their underground Academy, he knew her story had to be written. Rosensteel has put his research on hold to document the adventures of a girl whose face he’s never seen and whose real name he’ll never know.