Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Terminals-Royce Scott Buckingham

The Terminals
Royce Scott Buckingham
Dunne Books, Oct 14 2014, $18.99
ISBN: 9781250011558

Nineteen years old Cameron Cody lies in a hospital bed in disbelief while thinking how much changed in a short time.  He reflects on how was about to take Kristi Banks to the ultimate party house and soon afterward start on Western Washington University soccer team.  Instead according to specialist Dr. Singh he has one year to live because of some freaking brain tumor.  While his parents are devastated and his friends awkward; his BFF Mason reminds Cam that he may be dying, but he always was a doer, so do.  A stranger offers Cam an exciting exit strategy as a hero, but starting with his immediate fake death; Cam accepts.

Not long after he “dies”, Cam meets the other nine teen teammates who also share with him the one year death sentence.  As the original ten Terminal teens work dangerous missions around the globe, some die during the execution while others prematurely perish under questionable circumstances that Cam and the others still alive choose to ignore.  That is until Siena, who faked her death as the lone survivor of the previous team, arrives to paint an ugly picture of their handler and his associates to Cam and company.

The Terminals is an exciting action-packed tweener-young teen thriller.  Although the key cast is underdeveloped, the young audience will appreciate these Teen Titans (nod to DC comics) globetrotting escapades; stealthy expanded by those dwindling still alive investigating the organization that recruited them.

Harriet Klausner

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