Review: The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker
Today we are reviewing The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker. Thank you to Skyscape for sending me this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Category: Young Adult, Paranormal, Sci-fi
Publication: October 11th, 2016; Skyscape
It’s never wise to talk to strangers…and that goes double when they’re dead. Unfortunately, seventeen-year-old Anna Morgan has no choice. Resting on a park bench, touching the turnstile at the Metro station—she never knows where she’ll encounter a ghost. These mental hitchhikers are the reason Anna has been tossed from one foster home and psychiatric institution to the next for most of her life.
When a chance touch leads her to pick up the insistent spirit of a girl who was brutally murdered, Anna is pulled headlong into a deadly conspiracy that extends to the highest levels of government. Facing the forces behind her new hitcher’s death will challenge the barriers, both good and bad, that Anna has erected over the years and shed light on her power’s origins. And when the covert organization seeking to recruit her crosses the line by kidnapping her friend, it will discover just how far Anna is willing to go to bring it down.
The Delphi Effect started out with a bang and threw me directly into Anna’s world. It took a minute or two to get my bearings but once I understood what was going on, things clicked and the story sucked me in. The beginning section of the book was my favorite, and I loved getting to know Anna and Deo.
The novel is long and sometimes convoluted, particularly when dealing with the travelers in Anna’s head, but this isn’t a bad thing. It was nice to have a good book to sink my teeth into, one that required some thought and calculation. The writing was sharp, intelligent, and at times humorous. I found myself chuckling here and there—in between all the heartbreaking scenes! Anna is a strong, capable heroine, one for whom you root completely. And Deo is the perfect companion to Anna, gentle when she’s strong, funny when she’s serious, etc. They make a dynamic duo and I loved everything about their relationship. There were a ton of secondary characters in this novel (hence the “sometimes convoluted” reference earlier), between ghosts in Anna’s head and real people in her life, all of whom possessed their own unique personalities. Ms. Walker’s take on the whole situation was pretty cool (I can’t say much because, spoilers) and very enjoyable. I also liked Aaron, Anna’s love interest. His relationship with Anna was tentative and sweet, and I’m looking forward to more of that in the next book.
5/5 stars: Smartly written, really interesting, original, detailed, with an awesome heroine.