When the author contacted AOR to request a review, I snapped this one up. YA Sci-Fi is my genre and the blurb was really exciting. A story about surf carnivals and dolphins that mixes in sci-fi. How refreshing!
Here’s the blub;
Clicks are the sounds the universe makes when it stops to tell you what’s going to happen next. Truths you hear in your heart that you can’t explain.
For sixteen year old Cami, the clicks won’t stop. They’re telling her to fall in love with the wrong twin, that her family is hiding something, and that Pinhold, her pristine Island home, is in danger.
Born and bred to win, Cami’s family expects her to join a secret society called The Guard, marry one of the two identical twin boys next door, and stay on Pinhold Island for the rest of her life. Home to perfect waves, black sand beaches, and the world-famous Surf Carnival, Pinhold seems deceptively perfect. While visitors are jealous of the few hundred people who get to live there, Cami feels stifled. Thanks to the intense link she shares with her own twin, Mica, she can’t even be alone with her thoughts. While Cami’s more than happy to be a lifeguard, a lifelong commitment to the endless summer feels like a trap.
It should have been a fun summer of surf competitions and beach patrol. But dolphins are washing up on shore and the best swimmers are drowning. Then her twin brother Mica goes down too.
The only thing that can save her brother is the truth that only Cami can learn. But can she trust the clicks?
Good friends, the beach, hot boys, healthy sports competition, and a mystery; YES! Clicks was a good read. The mystery of the drownings and the swimmers ‘going down’ (aka comatose) was intriguing and kept me guessing right until the end of the story. Although it moved a little fast for my liking, kind of skipping over sections I would have loved to have seen played out rather than just referenced later on, I really did enjoy the plot. The setting was a breath of sea air in it’s refreshing difference.
The main character Cami, had an ESP type connection with her twin brother which was insanely cool. I thought Cami was an interesting protagonist and although likeable, at times I had trouble connecting with her and understanding why she behaved the way she did. There were a few instances when her behaviour seemed unreasonable and I just wanted to bash her over the head with her cute boyfriend’s surfboard. Not to hurt her too badly of course, just to knock some sense into her.
Speaking of the love interest, this story has five sets of twins. FIVE! Don’t worry it’s not a freakish coincidence, it’s all explained and intriguing. Cami and the love interest are both twins. Cami’s brother and his best friend are both excellent characters. I loved Blake right from the start, he’s strong, athletic, protective and really cares about Cami. The romance was beautiful and the chemistry strong. It was undoubtedly one of my favourite parts of the story.
This is the first book in a series and I’m curious to see where the author takes the story next. Three stars from me.
Review by Stacey.