TransformationEmily Winters was kidnapped as a teenager by Psi-Tech, a corrupt and power-hungry corporation that learned of her precognitive ability. Imprisoned for years and forced to use her talent to help a company thrive, she now reaches a point where she must escape or die. A natural disaster will cause chaos, death, and destruction throughout the entire world while transforming most of the survivors into psychics. After this happens, Psi-Tech will kill all of their prisoners to hide the evidence of their horrific crimes.

Knowing how the disaster will affect her captors gives Emily one slim chance to escape. She must seize this opportunity to save not only herself but her brother as well who will die without a medical treatment that doesn’t yet exist.

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My Thoughts on Transformation

I absolutely love stories about people with psychic abilities. I think they appeal to me so much because I whole-heartedly believe that psychic powers are real. My grandmother had abilities! Transformation starts out with Emily planning her escape from where she’s been held captive by Psi-Tech. We learn about her abilities- including those she hid from the tests. That’s not all Emily’s been hiding though. She’s also been protecting the telepaths that Psi-Tech hunts, much to their annoyance.

Emily’s main goal in the story is to save her brother. Based on the description, I thought he was going to be a child. He’s actually an adult and a talented painter. His girlfriend, Skylar, is also a psychic and not doing so well. I imagine that trying to block out the thoughts of people all day every day would get really tiring. Jeremy himself needs medical treatment, but unfortunately what he needs doesn’t exist. Emily’s mission: save pretty much everyone. Emily is feisty and spirited. She’s not afraid to protect those she loves and speak up against Psi-Tech.

The story moves fairly quickly, which I love. The end leaves you wanting to read the next book. The only complaint I have is that I wish O’Riley would break up his sentences a bit more. Sometimes the text felt a bit rushed, like he’s not leaving room to take a breath in your head. While that does make it even more fast-paced, it was a little difficult at times for me to keep up. Still, it was a great paranormal/futuristic story and I will definitely read the next one.

Author Bio for John O’Riley:

John for NPWAJohn O’Riley has been writing as far back as he can remember. He is an author of novels and an award winning writer of screenplays in the category of urban fantasy, comedy, science fiction and young adult. His movie feature screenplay, Cursed, is an Honorable Mention Winner for the 2012 Screenplay Festival. His most recent accomplishments include the screenplays New Earth, Pinky Swear, and Mutant Wizards in the 2014 Filmmakers International Screenplay Awards which made it to Quarter-Finalist status. Other recognition includes the screenplays Cursed, Project Pandora, Pinky Swear, Incipio, and Bad Sister which have been listed as Quarter Finalists, Semi Finalists, and Top Finalists in the 2013 Filmmakers International Screenplay Awards, 2012 Screenplay Festival, 2012 Filmmakers International Screenplay Awards, 2012 StoryPros International Awards, 2012 Pulsar Sci Fi Screenplay Contest, and the 2012 Reel Authors International Breakout.

He was born in California then raised in Washington state. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and French and worked in a variety of bookstores including Borders and was the manager for one of the bookstores in Florida that was actually owned by Goodwill.

He loves reading fantasy, science fiction, and humorous fiction. Some of his favorite authors include Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, S.J. Viehl, Kat Richardson, J.K. Rowling, Angie Sage, Jayne Krentz, and Janet Evanovich. He currently resides in Washington state and owns a parakeet named Amy who sings like a canary to help encourage and inspire him.

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