Secrets by Tim Mettey
Publisher: Kenwood Publishing Group
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (327 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: 3.5 stars
Review by: Cholla
The Midwest lies in complete ruins after a catastrophic disaster kills tens of thousands and leaves hundreds of thousands injured. Nicholas Keller emerges out of the devastation as a shining light of hope for all. But his newfound fame comes with a price that his aunt will not let him pay. They flee into the shadows in order to protect his secret. However, as Nicholas begins his sophomore year at his fifth school in five years, strange and unexpected things begin to happen. He soon tumbles into a web of doomed love, extraordinary talents and a secret past, which threatens the lives of everyone he cares about. It’s up to Nicholas to confront the truth, even if it means his own death.
Five years following the earthquake that destroyed the Midwest, leaving thousands dead and injured, Nicholas Keller is still on the run, trying to protect his identity. However, when his aunt finally decides to let him settle in and be a normal kid for a change, all of Nicholas’ dreams are starting to come true… but at a price. Will he be willing to sacrifice all he’s ever wanted for the anonymity his aunt so desperately wants for him?
Nicholas Keller is a different sort of boy. After becoming a hero following the great quake on 10-10 five years earlier, he’s been forced into hiding for his own safety. Even though he’s forced to move every year on the same day, he doesn’t let it get him down. Not one to make friends, it’s easier to pick up and go on to the next city and the next life. His character was a nice mix of hero and real boy. He knew his duty and yet, he had his moments of insecurity and rebellion as well. It made for a more realistic Nicholas.
While the story was engaging and the characters interesting, sometimes the writing, mostly the dialogue, fell a bit flat. Although the story is aimed at an older audience, the more simplistic writing style makes it perfect for younger readers in the 12 to 14 age range to cut their teeth on.
Secrets is a novel full of just that – lots and lots of secrets. As they’re slowly revealed to both the reader and Nicholas himself, you’re drawn farther and farther into this new alternate universe that is so familiar and yet very different from our own. Aside from a few issues I had with the author’s style, the novel itself was interesting and engaging and a good read for younger audiences.