by Susan Adrian
published in 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin
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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.
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Okay, okay, okay. I need the sequel now. Where is it?!
Tunnel Vision took me completely by surprise. Not a huge fan of the action genre, I expected this to be just another addition to a crowd already oversaturated with look-alikes. Turns out I was wrong, way wrong. Tunnel Vision is exactly what this genre needs: it's got a whip-fast plot, hooks you from page 1, but never sacrifices characterization or logic for its thrills. It's the bee's knees of YA. Oh, and it would make a perfect movie.
It's about Jake, a pretty regular teenager with a pretty irregular secret: he can "tunnel" into objects when he holds them, giving him all sorts of information about the person to whom the object belongs. Suddenly, the national government is on his tail, and Jake has nowhere to run. I think the publishers put glue on the pages, because I could not remove my eyes from the words. I was completely hooked reading this story.
And you will be too!