When Sai’s newly awoken psionic powers accidentally destroy her apartment complex, she’s thrown into an intensive training program. Her only options are pass or die.
Surviving means proving her continued existence isn’t a mistake–a task her new mentor, Bastian, takes personally. Her abilities place her in the GNW Enforcer division, and partners her with Domino 12, who is eerily human for an alien-parasite psionic hybrid.
After eliminating an Exiled scientist, she discovers someone is manipulating both sides of the conflict. With each mission more perilous, Sai must figure out who to trust before her next assignment becomes her last.
First up, thank you so much to K. T. Hanna for providing me with an e-ARC to review Chameleon. That said, it in no way influences my review.
And it doesn’t need to.
Right from the opening scene of Sai sitting in the middle of an inferno, glass embedded in her back, I was gripped. The world building was on point and I immediately felt grounded in the world and attached to the characters.
Sai is the usual tough-girl MC you see so often in SciFi/Dystopian works, but Hanna did an excellent job of showing her vulnerabilities without her turning into a whiney brat. She’s tough, yet feminine. Smart, yet emotionally clumsy. The teenager in her shines through but when it’s time for her to take charge, she excels. I really enjoyed her POV take on her world.
Bastian is the older mentor. Honestly, that name is enough to make me melt. Bastian. Bas. Tian. Yes. I loved how quickly their so far non-romantic relationship developed and deepened. I would have loved to see some heat between them BUT the space between them is totally understandable given Sai’s character.
Other than those two kick-arse characters, Dom was a sweetheart, Ash was suitably nervous and shrewd, and the abilities were amaze-balls! Psionics is wicked cool and I wish a meteor would give me some super-secret powers. The logistics of the abilities are many, and normally would have been a nightmare to follow. Hanna handles it with enough subtle description laced through the opening chapters that you’re able to grasp their powers naturally.
Toward the end of the book, Chameleon gets kind of dark. Through Bastian’s POV we’re introduced to the Training Facilities, and I’ll admit it turned my stomach a little. Don’t read this part after a meal! (If you are affected emotionally by books, like I am).
I loved the ending, but honestly, I would have liked to see a little more. On the whole, it seemed a little easy considering they’re taking on a badass governing body, but it really was a fine line. Enough happened to keep me happy, I just expected it to get rougher given Hanna’s writing up until that point.
I highly recommend Chameleon and am hanging out for the sequel in November. The cliffhanger is a good one.
Chameleon is out August 4th.