IMPOSTER (Variants #1)
By: Susanne Winnacker
I listened to the unabridged audiobook version of “Imposter.”
Tessa is not your average sixteen year old. She’s a Variant.
For two years she has lived and trained at the government’s FEA (Forces with Extraordinary Abilities) branch of the FBI.
She has a unique variation and even though she has never been on a mission before, she is sent out into the field.
A serial killer is stalking a small Oregon town, but his latest victim lived through the attack. She is barely clinging to life. But since Tessa has the ability to absorb the DNA of anyone she touches and to “become” them, Tessa is sent in.
Tessa becomes Madison when she dies. Madison’s family is told that she made a miraculous recovery and Tessa goes undercover to try to lure out the killer.
The problem is that the longer Tessa lives in Madison’s skin, the more suspects she unearths and the more she begins to enjoy living as Madison.
Madison has friends and a loving family; something Tessa has never had.
During her mission she is also struggling with having feelings for another agent named Alec, but Alec already has a girlfriend.
The longer she lives as Madison, the harder she finds it to change back to Tessa. And, does she really want to?
What I Liked About This Book:
It was a light and fun read. There was also a bit of information at the end of the book that I did not expect.
The author has also done a good job of setting up the next batch of stories in the series.
What I Didn’t Like About This Book:
What bothers me about this book is how similar it is to X-Men. The Variants are very similar to the mutants in X-Men, the difference
mostly being that their powers are not visible to others. They look ordinary.
Even Tessa’s mother’s response to her ‘variation’ is reminiscent of how the teen x-men were treated by their families.
If not X-Men, than this book could easily be an episode of yhe television show, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Also, Tessa’s character iritated me. She came across as whiny and her worship of Alec borders on stalking. He has a girlfriend and yet she still allows herself to be in compromising situations with him. If I were him I would not have wanted anything to do with her. What self-respecting female keeps putting her emotions on the line after being continually rebuffed. If this was my daughter I would want to shake some sense into her.
Recommended Age Group:
I recommend this for teens ages 12 to 16.
I give this book 3 out of 5 stars based on it’s resemblance to other existing series.