Monday, January 28, 2013

Review: "Alone (The Girl in the Box #1)" by Robert J. Crane

ALONE is the first novel in The Girl In The Box series, detailing the adventures of Sienna Nealon, a 17-year-old girl who has been kept inside her house for a dozen years by her mother. Sienna has a number of rules she must live by, rules drilled into her by her mother. Among others, she is never to go outside the house, or even look outside the house.

Everything changes when Sienna's mother fails to return to the house, and Sienna finds two strange men in her home. Years of martial arts training enable her to survive, but in the process she finds herself outside the safety of those walls, and suddenly she's the target of a number of groups, each of which has their own agenda for capturing Sienna.

Sienna learns that she is a meta-human, a person born with exceptional speed, quickness, agility, and healing capabilities - the last of these being one that gets heavy usage throughout the story - who are targeted by a group called the Directorate. Competing organizations also want her, for they all believe her to be unusually gifted, even among the gifted meta-humans. Each meta-human develops a unique special ability, and no one - not even Sienna - knows yet what hers is.

A competing faction to the Directorate sends a crazed, dog-like killer named Wolfe to capture her from the Directorate, but when Sienna refuses to come quietly, Wolfe takes it personally - and he's no longer interested in capturing her. He wants her dead, in the slowest, most painful manner possible, and has his own methods of getting Sienna to come to him.
Will Sienna finally go to Wolfe? What is her special gift? And who is "Old Man Winter," the mysterious leader of the Directorate? You'll just have to read the book to find out, and I think you'll enjoy the read immensely.

Rating: 5.0 stars out of 5

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