Two 18-year-olds discover the elemental power that links them in this latest from the mother-daughter Cast duo (Lost, 2018, etc.).
When an aberrant tornado kills Foster’s adoptive mother, Cora, and Tate’s parents, their worlds violently collide. Before she dies, Cora reveals to Foster how close she is to danger—the tornado, it turns out, was no act of nature, and at the center of it all is Foster’s connection to Tate and their emergent power to control the element of air. In ruthless pursuit of the terrified teens are the Core Four, powerful adults who each control one of the elements and who in turn are controlled by Foster’s supposedly dead foster father. As Foster and Tate hide in the safe house that Cora left them, they begin to unravel the mystery of their abilities and those of the other six teens—a pair for each element—they must work to save. Genetic manipulation, schemes for power and domination, and the ever familiar struggle of self-discovery and connection come together in a maelstrom of a plot that moves between the bewildered teens and the dangerously desperate quartet that hunts their kind. Several characters of color feature here, but all noticeably orbit around the white protagonists as either helpers or threats. As the narrative is poised to deepen in a clearly planned sequel, hopefully so too is the representation.
A not-quite-hard sci-fi thrill for Avatar: The Last Airbender fans. (Science fiction. 14-18)