A group of outcasts with extraordinary abilities must save a crumbling world from annihilation in this gripping follow-up to The Nobody People.
Fahima Deeb changed everything seven years ago when she triggered the Pulse, imbuing millions of people with otherworldly gifts like flight, telekinesis, or superhuman strength. She thought that would herald the end of the hostilities between those with abilities and those without, but it instead highlighted a new problem: There is someone behind the scenes, able to influence and manipulate these newly empowered people into committing horrible acts against their will. Worse still, that shadowy figure is wearing the face of Fahima’s oldest friend, Patrick Davenport. Fahima is horror-struck when she realizes that Patrick has built an army entirely under his control to wipe out all who oppose him.
With nowhere to turn and few she can trust, Fahima must rely on uncertain allies: Carrie Norris, whose illusion of a normal life vanishes at Fahima’s reappearance. Clay Weaver, a retired soldier fighting to keep his husband and son safe—and to keep Patrick from taking over his mind. And, finally, Emmeline Hirsch, adrift and untethered from her ability to travel through time. Together, they might be able to topple Patrick’s shadowy regime . . . though it may spell destruction for the entire world.
Proehl's whirlwind follow-up to The Nobody People starts at a run and only picks up steam as it goes on, which will delight some readers, but leave others in the dust. Seven years after series heroine Fahima Deeb triggered the Pulse, which left millions of people referred to as resonants with enhanced abilities, the general public still struggles to accept the superpowered among them, while safe havens like Bishop Academy allow resonants to hone their skills. But even isolated from the rest of the world, peace cannot last: Fahima discovers that someone is taking over the minds of other resonants to exploit their powers. Worse yet, the mysterious villain is primarily operating through the body of Fahima's friend, Patrick Davenport. If Fahima and her unlikely team of friends can't stop him, the precarious peace between resonants and nonresonants may give way to a new wave of hatred. Proehl does an admirable job navigating the nuances of otherness and bigotry while ably juggling his myriad distinctive characters. But the complex plot becomes difficult to untangle as it barrels forward, and Proehl rarely gives context to relationships and story lines carried over from the first installment. Readers will be delighted to return to this X-men-esque fantasy world, but are advised to refresh their memories of the first volume before diving in.