About the book:
When Riley heads off to boarding school for a summer work-study program, she knows it’ll be demanding. What she doesn’t expect? To be thrust into an intense physical training program described as special, exclusive and worst of all–top-secret. She signed up for tuition assistance, not to be held in a secret government facility for boot camp…
Welcome to The Division, the government agency that’s so classified, most United States senators have never heard of it.
The Division wants Riley bad, but she can’t figure out why. Skeptical of what she’s being told, Riley’s determined to uncover the truth. Boot camp is intense, physically and mentally draining. The upside? One of her new teammates is the cutest boy ever. Watching Finn hit the gym wearing a tank top doesn’t suck–although sometimes his brooding attitude does. But when training forces Riley to confront her tragic past, even Finn’s big biceps aren’t enough to make her want to stay…
Beware: The Division isn’t something you just walk away from. You better run.
Riley realizes her capabilities and strengths are greater than she’d ever imagined. But she also learns she wasn’t just chosen for this special program…
She was made for it.
Review by Katy Haye:
I’m slightly surprised I liked Premonition so much because NOTHING happened. That’s a wild exaggeration, of course, but there were an awful lot of secrets and it didn’t feel like a lot of answers were forthcoming.
So, given my desire for pace and stuff to be thrown at me at a rapid rate, what kept me glued to Premonition? Well, the characters were fabulous. A secret school/class for children gifted in one way or another is a well-worn YA trope, but it was done really well by Leigh Walker. The team mates all had their roles (in the team and in the narrative) but they were all well-fleshed-out individuals, too. I could imagine sitting and sharing a pizza with any one of them. The attraction between hero and heroine was also beautifully depicted. Instant OMG attraction is another YA favourite, but it was done with humour that made it a pleasure to read. And the progression from hormonal attraction to more genuine feelings was well drawn.
Overall, maybe the pace was a little slow and information was fed to the reader a little too sparingly for my liking, but this was a solid hit.
Katy Haye writes speculative YA fiction. Try steampunk short, The Replacement Princess, set in an alternate, war-torn 1840s England, for free.