Weekes offers a novel set in a strange reality full of unseen forces wreaking havoc.
To support herself and her little brother, Lori works with a creature called Handler to hunt the titular feeders, monsters that literally hollow humans out. On what should be a routine assignment for the Lake Foundation, Lori makes a powerful enemy in Tia Lake when she stumbles upon five teenagers trapped in a shipping container and sets them free. Turns out these teens possess special powers ranging from superstrength to camouflage. Tia has plans for them, and she’s not letting them—or Lori—go without a fight. The teens have three days to figure out what Tia wants and how to bring down Lake Foundation or risk losing their lives in a most dreadful manner. With a mysteriously altered world and creatures that jump dimensions, Weekes creates an intriguing setting, but the novel falters in its development of its diverse cast of characters of various ethnicities and sexual orientations. One character uses a wheelchair, and another is transgender. Lori herself is part white and part Chinese. However, Weekes’ handling of diversity can get clunky. While trying to subvert stereotypes, his characters sometimes play into them instead. Interestingly, each teen’s power correlates to some very real struggle in their personal life that Weekes makes an effort to explore.
This has the makings of a fun, creative novel, but the execution leaves something to be desired. (Science fiction. 14-18)