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Friday, February 20, 2015

[REVIEW] Tunnel Vision by Susan Adrian

Tunnel Vision

Author: Susan Adrian
Genre: YA Paranormal, Sci-fi, Thriller
Published: January 20th 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Romance and action come crashing together in Susan Adrian's Tunnel Vision in which a teenage boy with incredible powers is brought to the attention of the government.

Jake Lukin just turned 18. He's decent at tennis and Halo, and waiting to hear on his app to Stanford. But he's also being followed by a creep with a gun, and there's a DARPA agent waiting in his bedroom. His secret is blown.

When Jake holds a personal object, like a pet rock or a ring, he has the ability to "tunnel" into the owner. He can sense where they are, like a human GPS, and can see, hear, and feel what they do. It's an ability the government would do anything to possess: a perfect surveillance unit who could locate fugitives, spies, or terrorists with a single touch.

Jake promised his dad he’d never tell anyone about his ability. But his dad died two years ago, and Jake slipped. If he doesn't agree to help the government, his mother and sister may be in danger. Suddenly he's juggling high school, tennis tryouts, flirting with Rachel Watkins, and work as a government asset, complete with 24-hour bodyguards.

Forced to lie to his friends and family, and then to choose whether to give up everything for their safety, Jake hopes the good he's doing—finding kidnap victims and hostages, and tracking down terrorists—is worth it. But he starts to suspect the good guys may not be so good after all. With Rachel's help, Jake has to try to escape both good guys and bad guys and find a way to live his own life instead of tunneling through others.


My Thoughts

Tunnel Vision follows Jake Lukin, a teenager who has an ability he calls “tunneling”. He only has to hold an object and he can already locate its owner and even know his thoughts. It’s a unique ability that he has hidden all his life – that is until he makes a mistake at a party. Suddenly Jake and his family aren’t so safe anymore. Then a government agency tracks him and offers protection in exchange of Jake using his ability to work for them. Things got out of hand fast and Jake is thrust into a world of saving people and locating terrorists. As he finds himself caught in web of lies, deceit and betrayal, it’s up to Jake and his “tunneling” to save himself and his family from unknown danger.

Susan Adrian delivers a strong and remarkable debut with Tunnel Vision. The concept is unique and the execution is excellent. This gripping tale held my attention and didn’t let go. I immensely enjoyed reading this book! The writing is just flawless and smooth. The pacing of the story is perfect for a thriller novel. Tunnel Vision is definitely a page-turner.

The characters are also well-developed. The main character, Jake, is easy to sympathize with. Jake made some unwise decisions but he made them to protect his family. He’s young and scared, but he learned to fight back and be ruthless. He’s smart and was able to get himself out of the situation he was in. His father and grandfather are both mysterious and I would have liked to know their characters more. But as the story is told from Jake’s POV, we only know what he knows. That touch of mystery adds spice to the story, so I’m not complaining. Liesel is one character I love to hate. She’s a crucial and complex character. She’s ambitious and driven and sometimes cold. There were times when I just wanted to strangle Liesel. But what she did towards the end sort of redeemed her. The why of it wasn’t revealed, though. Eric is kinda Liesel’s opposite. He played the good cop to Liesel’s bad cop but his transformation surprised me. Jake's sister, Myka, is also an interesting character! She's smart and handled things in a mature way. And she's a genius! I felt like I didn't get enough Myka in this book.

This better have a sequel because although the ending is not a cliffhanger, there are still questions left unanswered. I certainly would love to know more about the characters and the ‘tunneling’ itself. Tunnel Vision makes for an exciting and intriguing novel. Highly recommended!


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Julie @ Books and Insomnia

Julie is a Filipina blogger who pretends she has insomnia so she can stay up late reading. When she's not buried in books, she can be found watching anime, drinking chocolate-flavored instant coffee, lurking on the internet, daydreaming and talking about herself in third person. She loves purple and anything sweet!


  1. Added to my TBR. Not only does the premise sound intriguing, but I like the sound of Jake's character. He sounds flawed, but easy to root for. Thanks for the great review!

    1. Thank you, Ally! :) Jake is easy to relate to and I like that in a main character.

  2. Whoa this one sounds awesome!! I'm glad the characters were well-developed; that's always important. This story sounds action-packed and intriguing. Lovely review <33


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