Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
What if you suddenly discovered you had a sense—and powers—that almost no one else in the world did?
When Amanda Lindner Nichols, a 24-year-old graphic artist living with her husband in Queens, New York, is revived from a near-death experience, she discovers she perceives everyone around her as points of light—but not with her eyes. She soon learns she can not only perceive the life energy of others, but she can give and take it. With the help of others like her, she brings her husband Chris to the brink of death and back to bestow on him the same remarkable faculty, and they’re the happiest they’ve been.
But not for long. All over the world, people who’ve been revived from their own near-death experience at just the right moment discover themselves with these same unusual powers. They find ways to use them—some for good and some for evil. When Amanda and Chris encounter a ruthless group of gangsters with the same faculty, tragedy follows—and Amanda faces the greatest challenge of her life.
The idea of the story is appealing and original. There were some really interesting parts. Amanda’s OBE (out of body experience) was really detailed and amazing. Reading along while Amanda learned about and grew to understand more about her new faculty (ability to see the life energy of people, a.k.a. “lightpoints”) and the flow of energy was intriguing and kept the story moving. The descriptions of Chris’ paintings of his OBE sound beautiful. Then there were parts, like when they tried to bestow the “faculty” upon Chris, that became redundant and boring. While the author added bits and pieces to each chapter and each trial to demonstrate the progress being made in the experiment, it didn’t really hold my attention. Also, by the point I was a little over halfway through, there still weren’t any major conflicts, although I guessed it would manifest when Herrera’s thugs crossed paths with Amanda and accurately deduced there would be some kind of battle-for-the-life-energy between the two sides.
Also, the writing feels detached and clinical – like the author was trying to state simply the facts – no emotion, no passion. Because of that, Lightpoints is a very quick read with short, crisp chapters. Sometimes it seemed like I was reading a detailed outline of ideas for each chapter – at least that’s what it seems like when you’re reading from Herrera’s POV. It’s the equivalent of looking at an ice sculpture that has had the main shape given to it, but still has rough or unfinished edges waiting to be smoothed out. If the sculpture stopped carving at that moment, then you’d get the general, overall picture. But if he continues and adds little embellishments, tiny details, and a little polish to smooth the edges, then it becomes an ice sculpture that can take your breath away – and if it wasn’t made of ice, you’d swear it was real!
Overall rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
Appropriate for ages 14 & up.
For more information about Peter Kassan, check out his website.
Click here to read the first two chapters of Lightpoints.
I received a free eBook of Lightpoints from Goodreads-Making Connections in exchange for an honest review.