Ghost Hand, book #1 in The PSS Chronicles, is unique, fun and super addictive!
This book is considered YA fiction but it leans more towards NA. Content, language and imagery is definitely on the mature side. That said, it’s a pretty wild ride!
Seventeen-year-old Olivia Black has a rare birth defect known as Psyche Sans Soma, or PSS. Instead of a right hand made of flesh and blood, she was born with a hand made of ethereal energy.
How does Olivia handle being the girl with the ghost hand? Well, she’s a little bit morbid and a whole lot snarky.
Her mother thinks her obsession with death, black clothing, and the local cemetery is a bid for attention. But when Marcus, the new guy in Olivia’s calculus class, stares at her like she’s a freak, Olivia doesn’t like it. And when her hand goes rogue, doing things she never imagined possible, Olivia finds herself running for her life from a group of men bent on taking the power of her hand for their own nefarious purposes.
At first I thought the premise sounded a bit cheesy… A ghost hand? I will be the first to admit how wrong I was. I should know better than to judge a book by its cover, especially a sci-fi. But we’re all guilty of this sometimes.
I followed his gaze, looking down at the pool of blue PSS energy, shapeless and pulsing, writhing at the end of my wrist stump. I looked back up, locking eyes with him.
His expression was unreadable. He didn’t look surprised, or afraid, or alarmed. He just looked, his eyes fixed on my wacked-out hand.
Ghost Hand is fresh, exciting and contemporary. The dialogue is relevant and full of cheek. There is nothing worse than reading a YA novel that reads like my grandmother wrote it. It is crucial for the characters, scenarios, dialogue and finer detail to be current. This adds an element of realism to the story. It’s obvious that Ripley Patton understands this.
I liked the characters, especially Olivia. She is brave, emotional and full of angst. She has been through so much and yet she is still spunky as Hell! My kind of girl. I also enjoyed her interaction with other key characters. Very authentic.
Honestly I don’t really have anything negative to say about this book. The action starts immediately and within a few paragraphs I was so deeply immersed in the story, I wouldn’t have noticed a thing. I read it cover to cover, starting last night and finishing as soon as I woke up. Very addictive in deed.