Rippler (The Ripple #1)
Publication: 15th June 2011
Publisher: William's Press
Age Appropriate: Young Adult
Samantha Ruiz has a freak gene that makes her turn invisible, or ripple. She can’t control it, and it’s getting worse. Afraid of becoming a lab-rat, Sam keeps her ability secret, until fellow runner Will Baker sees her vanish into thin air. Will promises secrecy and help, and Sam begins to fall in love. Together, the two discover there are worse things than being a scientific curiosity. Someone’s been killing people who possess Sam's gene. A mysterious man from France sends letters that offer hope for safety, but also reveal a sinister connection with Nazi experiments. The more time Sam spends with Will, the less she can imagine life without him. When Sam uncovers secrets from her past, she must choose between keeping Will in her life or keeping Will safe
I loved this book, the concept was so fresh and original from all the other paranormal books out on the market.
The story begins with Samantha 'Sam' who is rafting with her cross-country team when she goes missing and everybody assumes she's drowned when in actual fact she has 'rippled' (turned invisible), the only one who notices is a boy named Will.
Luckily for her Will's sister Micki used to be a research assistant into rippling.
Everybody associated with researching this have either disappeared or been killed, all they have to go on are some journals that are written in a language they don't know from the World War 2 era.
There is also a potential romance between Sam and Will which I hope will flourish in the second book.
This book was a great start to a new series, now onto the second book.
I give this book 4/5.
A big thanks to the author Cidney Swanson for allowing me to review this book and it's sequel.