Aversion, book one in The Mentalist series by Kenechi Udogu, follows Gemma who has spent her whole life training and learning to become an Averter. But after completing her first aversion, she realises something is wrong. Now one of the most popular boys in school won’t leave her alone, and a mysterious man is watching her. Gemma’s life is turned upside down and it will never be the same again.
I enjoyed the concept of Averters, people who hide in plain sight with the power to divert your decisions. It was a unique concept that I’ve never come across before so I found that entire aspect intriguing. As well as all of the unfolding plot we had throughout this novel. While the story did follow a bit of a cliché plotline, it’s one of those addicting plots that you just love to read over and over again. This created an unusual mix of a story you’ve loved and read before with highly original elements.
My biggest problem with this story was the lack of base for everything that happened. I would have loved a bit more information on Averters, although I haven’t read the next book yet so we might get some more development later on. We also could have done with more of some time to fully relax into the character’s and story. The story moved extremely quickly without any nice filling between the major plot points to fully round it out. There was also some more information I would have like on certain aspects of the story later on, but once again we might get them a bit later.
Despite the issues I listed above, I did find this book highly addictive. It was a nice and new premise with simplistic and well-done writing. I’m looking forward to reading the second book Sentient and seeing how the story develops.
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