Eighteen-year-old Brooklyn never knew her father. Rex Blackburn died in the 9/11 attacks four months before she was born.
And even though she never met him, she always dreamed about what he must have been like before he died. In her mind, he was a hero.
Little did she know.
After an attack at a 9/11 memorial gala, Brooklyn learns her father had been a member of an elite, anti-terrorism, military task force, made up of a very select group of people who had superhuman abilities. On the day the towers fell, he died using his power to save people.
The Army believes she inherited his gift, and Brooklyn is invited to train at West Point in order to hone her skills. Knowing deep down she is different than anyone else her age and wanting to learn more about a father she never knew, she readily agrees to become a cadet at the prestigious military academy.
She and five other 9/11 babies strengthen their superhuman abilities and spend weeks preparing themselves for their future in the army, fighting terrorists at home and abroad. And in the process of training, they identify with their deceased parents in a way they never knew they could.
Brooklyn knows she’ll go to war someday, but when terrorists find out about the group’s gifts, they don’t bother to wait.
They bring the war to West Point.
Becoming Brooklyn, while science fiction, wasn’t my usual science fiction type of books but i found it amazing nonetheless.
Brooklyn is special, as was her dad who died during the 9/11 attacks saving people which is why she never got to meet him. She is recruited by the Crest- a secret anti-terrorism, military task force of people who have superhuman abilities. The same organization that her father worked for. She’s not the only one recruited though. There are others her age just like her whose parents died that day too and they’re brought together to train and hone their skills, one day following in their parents footsteps.
The idea for this book was so completely original, it immediately hooked me in and I HAD TO read this book. (Yes, all things even remotely sci-fi fascinate me). So i obviously loved the idea for this book, and the characters as well. They were all interesting and there was never a dull moment. I loved Amanda’s writing as well which was a big deal since that rarely ever happens with me for debut authors (there are exceptions of course.) but there were a few plot holes (I think that’s what I’d call them). Sometimes everything got a bit confusing and some parts weren’t explained well for the situation to make sense.
Overall, the story was fast paced which I loved, there was lots of mysterious aspects there, along with the 9/11 babies trying to find connections to their deceased parents. And of course, there was the action too! The terrorists, their plot, the fights and everything else. A definite recommend!
Amanda Deich is an author out of Littleton, CO. In her non-writer life, she is a teacher and coach to hundreds of kids, and she is a mama to two. If you meet her, she’ll talk Jesus and identity like no one’s business.
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