I was super intrigued by the description of School for Psychics, but the reality was a letdown.
Teddy Cannon isn’t your typical twenty-something woman. She’s resourceful. She’s bright. She’s scrappy. She can also read people with uncanny precision. What she doesn’t realize: she’s actually psychic.
When a series of bad decisions leads Teddy to a run-in with the police, a mysterious stranger intervenes. He invites her to apply to the School for Psychics, a facility hidden off the coast of San Francisco where students are trained like Delta Force operatives: it’s competitive, cutthroat, and highly secretive. They’ll learn telepathy, telekinesis, investigative skills, and SWAT tactics. And if students survive their training, they go on to serve at the highest levels of government, using their skills to protect America, and the world.
In class, Teddy befriends Lucas, a rebel without a cause who can start and manipulate fire; Jillian, a hipster who can mediate communication between animals and humans; and Molly, a hacker who can apprehend the emotional state of another individual. But just as Teddy feels like she’s found where she might belong, strange things begin to happen: break-ins, missing students, and more. It leads Teddy to accept a dangerous mission that will ultimately cause her to question everything—her teachers, her friends, her family, and even herself.
Set in a world very much like our own, School for Psychics is the first book in a stay-up-all night series.
School for Psychics has a definite X-Men feel to it; psychic young adults are recruited to the elite Whitfield School where they are trained to join police, military or national security forces after graduation. They are trained in police procedure, tactics and simultaneously trained to use and expand their psychic gifts. I was really interested in the concept, but the plot is a little slow going.
I just didn’t seem to connect to Teddy, or really care about her struggles. The plot was kind of predictable, but at the same time, I had a hard time continuing to read because I couldn’t see what the story was building toward.
School for Psychics wasn’t bad, just not a book that spoke to me, or felt particularly engaging. It was a slog to read, dragged out over days where I just couldn’t bring myself to pick the book up to finish. For a book pitched as “…the first book in a stay-up-all night series.” I felt quite let down with the actual resulting snooze-fest.
School for Psychics is on shelves April 3, 2018. If you pick it up, let me know what you think!
I received an eARC from Edelweiss and Simon & Schuster in exchange for my honest review.