“The key to the future… Lies hidden in the past.”
-From the series website.
WARNING!!! Spoilers for previous books in series. (Psion Beta, Psion Gamma, and Psion Delta)
Due to a surprise attack by the Continental American Government (CAG), it seems that the New World Government (NWG) is done for. Innumerable people perished: Elites, Psions, Tensais, Ultras. All of them, killed in one move. With the Elite Training Facility, Beta Headquarters, and Alpha Headquarters destroyed, Sammy takes his friends to the one place where they could be safe, the resistance in Glasgow. There, they hope to help the resistance attack the CAG.
The quote on the top is very important to the story, and in a way, summarizes the plot of the book in one sentence. There are two different perspectives in this book: one in the past, as memories, and one in the present. The two separate storylines run parallel to each other until the end when it switches back to the present perspectives permanently.
As written above, there are two different perspectives in this book: Sammy’s perspective in the present, and Commander Byron perspective in the past, as an Elite-in-Training. The two perspectives contrast with each other to make the story more interesting to read, and provide a new method of delivering information in an engaging way.
The present day perspective is shown through Sammy’s eyes, as he travels with his team deep into CAG territory. It shows have difficult and horrific the journey was through the Amazon jungle. It was as if nature itself was against them as lethal mutated animals attacked them with wild abandon. However, despite the magnitude of the external conflicts, Sammy also deals with some important internal conflicts as well. He knew he was very unique in terms of anomalies. He was a Psion, a human with Anomaly Fourteen, a mutation that allows him to project kinetic energy in the form of blasts. But he was also a Tensai, a human with Anomaly Eleven, or in other words, a genius. Recently, at the end of the previous book in the series, he found out about the truths of his gifts. With power such as his, there was also a curse. All other known double anomalies (11 & 14) went into a coma during puberty and died by age 21. The only reason he wasn’t comatose was because he also possessed Anomaly Thirteen. Anomaly Thirteens have no moral barrier and conscience, and were known to kill and torture brutally with no remorse. The only reason he wasn’t like that was because of his other anomalies countering it. After finding out about this, during this book, Sammy has an internal conflict within himself, as he tries to control the effects of the Anomaly Thirteen. Back and forth, when fighting, he constantly has a war in his head, trying to stay calm instead of lashing out in a burst of uncontrollable rage, trying to brutally kill all who stands in his way.
Due to a memory transfer, Sammy gains Commander Byron’s memories as an Elite-in-Training, which became essential to him by the end of the book. The memories detail what Commander Byron had to go through as a teenager, because he was the first discovered Anomaly Fourteen. This perspective shows how stressful it was for Byron at the Elite Training Facility. He had to pretend he was two years older, hide his Psionic abilities, and was still one of the top students in the school. But, a chain of murders start in the school and his best friend is a key suspect. Byron deals with a lot of conflicts as he strove to be the best Elite in the school, and win the three golden skulls.
“FEAR IS YOUR CLOAK. PERFECTION IS YOUR DAGGER. EXCELLENCE DRIVES YOU. YOU ARE THE BEST. YOU ARE ELITE.”