A secret organization, four college students who want to change the world, and the ability to covertly alter the decisions of others. What could possibly go wrong?
The Rothston Institute is home to a special class of adepts who can control the decisions of anyone in the world - friends, professors, Senators, you name it. Most adepts train from childhood to hone those skills in pursuit of the Institute's mission: to guide humankind toward a safer future. But college student Kinzie is just discovering her own remarkable powers - and that the best intentions lead down dangerous paths.
This coming of age story, the first in a series, presents a world of intrigue and deception set against credibly posed supernatural abilities.
Debut author “Smiles has created a universe ... where two types of people exist: adepts and commons. Adepts can … influence people’s decisions and they can translocate: move matter from one place to another. Commons don’t have any of these special attributes. Kinzie Nicolosi, a loner and a powerful adept, is a freshman at Hutchins College. Raised by an overly protective single father, Kinzie is on her own for the first time in her life. When an experiment in her science class yields statistically impossible results, [she finds out] that she’s an adept …. First time author Smiles has devised a convincing supernatural culture.... The theoretical concept behind adepts is clearly explained so that even a reader who has never taken a physics course will find it easy to understand. One adept says: “You’ve observed the turbula, correct?...The tunnels branch, sometimes in multiple directions, each heading to a different possible future....We can influence the decision by subtly broadening one branch over another, making it more likely that is the decision which will be made.” By continually paying such close attention to detail, Smiles has proven that she’s skilled at crafting a nuanced page turner.” The Kirkus Review.
Foreseen is a blend of fantasy, soft science fiction, and thriller. "An adventurous twist of genre, much recommended," concludes the Midwest Book Review.