I would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for gifting me with the e-ARC of Potency by Aubrey Hadley
The blurb for this book (taken from Goodreads) is:
The Maasai Mara Sleeping Syndrome has returned after a six-month hiatus. This time, it’s popped up in New York, and it’s wiped out an entire homeless shelter. The same night of the outbreak, Harper, a seventeen-year-old girl, stumbles across a glowing figure in the desert outskirts of her neighborhood. As her suburb goes on lockdown, Harper finds herself isolated from her friends and family, and soon begins to suspect that the events — though thousands of miles apart — may have something in common.
Harper must find her bravery and embark on a plot-twisting adventure that will have her looking for answers in unexpected places… and worlds.
I like Harper’s character at the beginning, she rebels against a mother who only ever seems to punish her for wanting to be a normal teenager, yet gives her no reasons as to why she’s not allowed to go to a public school and not allowed to go out anywhere with friends. When the whole neighbourhood is quarantined she doesn’t just want to sit back, she wants to find out what’s happening and if her friend’s are okay. But there’s no real character development until right near the end of the book, and even then I feel like that development is only because of the two friends she has made during her time with the Ancients
When Harper ends up with this new world with the Ancients, there is an information overload, not just for Harper, but for the reader as well. I’m a fan of world-building but this was definitely a little bit too much. This book did not go the way I thought it would, at all. I knew it was sci fi/fantasy but was not expecting aliens, but aliens is what I got. It took me quite a while to get into this book and while I enjoyed it enough to want to read the sequel when it’s out, it didn’t grip me enough for me to be dying for the next book.