Publication: May 13th 2014
Source: Received from Author (Thank you Trisha!)
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
In the world of genetic mutation, Gypsy’s talent of knowing a person’s age of death is considered a failure. Her peers, the other Cavies, have powers that range from curdling a blood still in the vein to being able to overhear a conversation taking place three miles away, but when they’re taken from the sanctuary where they grew up and forced into the real world, Gypsy, with her all-but-invisible gift, is the one with the advantage.
The only one who’s safe, if the world finds out what they can do.
When the Cavies are attacked and inoculated with an unidentified virus, that illusion is shattered. Whatever was attached to the virus causes their abilities to change. Grow. In some cases, to escape their control.
Gypsy dreamed of normal high school, normal friends, a normal life, for years. Instead, the Cavies are sucked under a sea of government intrigue, weaponized genetic mutation, and crushing secrets that will reframe everything they’ve ever been told about how their “talents” came to be in the first place.
When they find out one of their own has been appropriated by the government, mistreated and forced to run dangerous missions, their desire for information becomes a pressing need. With only a series of guesses about their origins, the path to the truth becomes quickly littered with friends, enemies, and in the end, the Cavies ability to trust anyone at all.
Gypsy was a lovely surprise. When I first read the synopsis, I got to say, it didn’t capture me as much. But when I started reading it, I became invested in this X-Men-like universe.
The titular character is a Cavy. What that means is, basically, you’re some sort of mutation. But not the ugly kind. She has the power to foresee a person’s death (the age) just by touching them. Initially I thought that was so awesome, but then I read the disadvantages of having that tragic gift. Imagine not having to hold someone’s hand or hug them because you’re afraid to see their life span?
Gypsy, and the other Cavies, are orphans. They reside at Darley which is a secret headquarters of some sort. There, they study about genetics and they also train or enhance their special gifts. It’s kind of like a boarding school/orphanage. What really intrigued me is the Philosopher. I believe he’s some sort of principal? We only read about him for a few pages until he’s out of the picture.
I really liked Gypsy’s character. She’s very thoughtful and selfless. She goes out of her way just to ensure the safety of her Cavy family. I thought that was very admirable for her age. I also really liked her show of restraint when it comes to romantic relationships. She doesn’t succumb to the clutches of the charming and sweet Jude Greene. That was really surprising because never have I read a character like her who doesn’t kiss the love interest when she gets the chance.
There’s a diverse set of characters in here as well, namely the Cavies. Just reading about them makes me grin in awe of their personalities, backgrounds, and of course, their gifts. They also have really nifty nicknames which confused the heck out of me. Even more so when we find out their birth names.
As for the plot, I thought it was engaging. There’s a really great mystery happening in here. I can’t wait for the sequel because that ending just blew my mind.
Overall, I enjoyed Gypsy more than I imagined. I had pretty low expectations but thankfully, it managed to surpass them all with flying colours. I really hope we get more background from the other characters because that’s what’s missing for me in this novel.
*An ARC was given in exchange for an honest review.