An addictive new drug fuels superhuman strength and speed in this action-packed sci-fi thriller that will have fans of Scott Westerfeld and Marie Lu on the edge of their seats.
Only those young enough can survive tetra, a dangerous drug that creates a pulse-pounding rush of enormous strength and incredible speed. Seventeen-year-old Alana West has been trained to use tetra so she can pursue the young criminals who abuse its power—criminals like the one who nearly killed her kid brother.
On tetra, Alana is unstoppable—an explosive blur as she surges through New York City. But with the clock ticking down to her eighteenth birthday, Alana will soon be too old for the rush . . . when just one more dose will prove deadly.
Supported only by her steady handler, Tucker, Alana goes undercover, infiltrating an elite gang of breaknecks to stop their supply of the drug. But when Alana gets trapped on the wrong side of the law, she learns the breaknecks are not quite what they seem—especially Ethan, the boy who seems to see the truth inside her. With her dependency on tetra increasing, Alana must decide where her loyalties lie, before the rush ends. Forever.
Howard (the Rootless trilogy) addresses the dangers of addiction in this adrenaline-packed near-future adventure, in which a 17-year-old girl infiltrates a gang of bank robbers in order to take them down. "Breaknecks" use a drug called tetra which grants them short bursts of super speed, agility, and strength, but proves fatal to those over 18 to rampage through the streets of New York City, while the experimental Tetra Response Unit deploys runners to stop them. Alana West is one of the best active runners, but as her cutoff birthday approaches, she dreads forced retirement. Suspended after a run goes bad, Alana is secretly picked to go undercover to track down a renegade supplier. As she unexpectedly befriends her targets amid the exhilarating rush of freedom and the siren call of tetra, she struggles to stick to her mission. Howard creates a fast-paced story punctuated by highly cinematic action scenes and quieter emotional moments; the exploration of addiction isn't subtle, but this is still an engaging page-turner. Ages 13 up.