In Egypt, an archaeological team discovers the lost tomb of Alexander the Great, breaking its seal for the first time in over two thousand years. Seven years later, every public school student in America takes a strange new test, but only six are chosen to attend a summer program at the mysterious Institute for the Cultivation of Intuitive Cognition, where nothing is as it appears to be, including the students themselves.
Roman Jackson sees the true nature of humanity—literally—hiding his visions from the world to protect his wrong-side-of-the-tracks family. Samantha Prescott is a cynical genius, isolated from her peers by a premonition that even she doesn’t understand. Daniel Walker is a brilliant musician, able to hear people’s secrets through the soundtrack of his mind. Mackenzie Gray is a Muay Thai champion—a Western fighter who still follows the old ways of the wai kru ram muay. Kaitlyn Wright is an orphaned engineering prodigy, desperate to keep the only home she and her grandmother have left. Ashton Hunt is an expert gamer, on the verge of turning pro, and a constant disappointment to his father.
But why is the US government so interested in six teenagers? And what, exactly, is it teaching them to do? When helicopters start crashing and a plane goes missing over the Atlantic, they must band together to uncover the true purpose behind the Institute—and the ancient secrets that lie hidden beneath its surface.
Before history catches up to them.
The Intuitives was edited by Sybil Carey, a former editor at Harbridge House. She spent her later years as a freelance editor and co-director of the Abbie Greenleaf Library in Franconia, NH. She "went to dance with the stars" on Sunday, December 20, 2015. The Intuitives was her final editing project.
Although she died before she had the opportunity to write a formal editor's review, Sybil spoke often of her love for these authors and for this book in particular. "The writing is so vivid!" she would say. "The characters are so real!" We wish she were still with us--for far more personal reasons than for the review she would have written.
"I love being part of this team. xoxoxoxo," she wrote on October 5, 2014. We've run our fingers over the x's and o's a thousand times since, cherishing each one, wishing they were more than just memories. She is credited for her editing on the very first page of The Intuitives, and she is in the final acknowledgments as well: "Sybil Carey--for being our angel, even when you still walked this earth." The book both begins and ends with her.
We hope readers will love it and believe in it as much as she did.
Standardized testing takes on a whole new meaning in The Intuitives by Erin Michelle Sky and Steven Brown. When schools start testing intuition, five teenagers and one very special little boy from eclectic backgrounds are thrown together by Homeland Security in a special summer program to develop their unconscious abilities. Kept in the dark about the serious nature of their training, the kids quickly bond and learn that what one man cannot do alone, a uniquely developed team of teenagers can accomplish with flare.
I love, love, love The Intuitives by Erin Michelle Sky and Steven Brown. From the time the authors took to set up each character in individual chapters before throwing them together in a group setting to the touching relationship between the tough-guy gamer and the tender-hearted young boy from an abusive background, ever chapter is honed to a fine point. Every detail builds upon the last to create a picture of team building and discovery that is carefully orchestrated under the care of Ammu, their instructor and mentor. He is the type of educator all teachers should aspire to become. Even under extreme pressure, he fights for what is good and right for his students. Sky and Brown did not skip out on the visuals either. From the secret inner vision of people’s souls that only Sketch can see to the magnificent detail of the mythical beasts, I was drawn deeper into the story, and when the story was done, I felt both satisfied and saddened to leave my new BFFs.
Now, where do I sign up for my golden gryphon cub?
Reviewed for Readers' Favorite
The Intuitives was one of the best Young Adult books I’ve read in awhile. At first you might think it’s going to be another dystopian adventure involving young teens saving something…but it’s so much more than that! It builds on the lives of six young people, each with a special gift that sometimes alienates them from the world at large. As they are drawn into a world that uses their collective gifts in a way they could have never imagined, one sees the inner obstacles they must overcome, and the personal bonds they form. This novel is meticulously written and beautifully crafted. Part thriller, part fantasy, it captures the imagination and leaves you wanting more. Libraries will be clamoring for this one for their Young Adult collection, and I’ll be the first in line. I’m ready for the sequel!
Donna Alvis, Ephesus Branch Manager
West Georgia Regional Library
Vivid images will spark your imagination in this captivating battle between good and evil, leaving readers anxiously awaiting a sequel! Great read for anyone young or old who enjoys science fiction and even for those who didn’t know they did.
So what did I like about this book? Ummm... Everything! What wasn't there to like! Intriguing characters, government secrets, ancient legends and mysterious abilities. Oh, and mythical creatures! Even the lack of romantic plot did not deter me!
The story begins in Egypt, where Alexander the Great's tomb has been opened, then moves ahead 7 years to present day America, where the students are about to undergo a new standardized test. The plot itself definitely kept me guessing. I have to admit, I had no idea which direction the story would head. Which was rather refreshing. Yes, it was a book about a group of kids finding their secret powers and banding together to battle the forces of darkness. Yet it was still a refreshingly original story-line. There was so many predictable ways the plot could have gone, yet I could not predict the outcome. I had several "OMG I didn't see THAT coming' moments, which I absolutely love. The story just flowed seamlessly, and the pacing and tension was right on point. Plus I just love Erin and Steven's writing style!
Each character is uniquely different and I love them ALL! But, I would have to say Rush is my favorite. Surprise! I loved the moody brooding guy! I dunno why, I just tend to always have a thing for the grumpy ones. He is the only one of the six, who REALLY does not want to be there, but with his Pro gaming career depending on him participating in the secret summer program, he attends under sufferance. But, as is the way, things happen, and Rush is forced to make some tough choices along the way [EDITED FOR MINOR SPOILER].
One of the things I loved seeing was all these vastly different kids, from completely different backgrounds become a tight knit group of friends. Some of my favorite scenes are when they are all just hanging out, getting to know each other and giving each other nicknames. And the way Rush and Roman bonded in such a brotherly way made me smile so, so much.
I could not put this book down once I started. Work commitments prevented me from getting much reading done, but once I finally got to it, I read the almost whole thing in a day!
I will be definitely be hoping for more books in this series. I definitely recommend having a read.
It's a common YA plot: a group of kids with unique perspectives about the world find that what makes them different is what might make them heroes. I'm reminded at the moment of Welcome to the Ark, with a dash of The Unwanteds or The Lightning Thief. Here, 6 kids test into a government funded program to expand their unique 'intuitions' -in the hope that they will be able to save the world. The story is set in the modern, scientific world but takes a turn towards the fantastic around the time [EDITED TO REMOVE SPOILERS].
I enjoyed this immensely.
First, it's a well written book. As a fan of YA and fiction, I've put up with a lot of stacked adverbs, partial sentences, and heavy handed metaphors for the sake of an interesting plot. This plot will draw you in, and the writing will make it a smooth ride until the end. I especially liked going back to each kid's introduction and seeing the language clues to their intuitive powers that weren't revealed until the end.
The research for a variety of specific backgrounds and skills was solid. As a soldier, a teacher, a gamer, and an appliance repairman, everything I read felt authentic. The authors captured glimpses of those experiences and I never felt like they were trying to bluff through the scenes with a few Googled buzzwords.
The characters are fun. The kids, and the adults working with them, are all unique without embedding in any stereotypes. I held my breath more than a few times -cheering on a new favorite character every couple scenes.
The pacing and tension stays on throughout. I finished reading the book in a single sitting, [EDITED TO REMOVE SPOILERS].
I recommend this book to any fan of the genre. It's well executed and full of interesting ideas that bear thinking about even after the last page. I hope the story continues, just because I'm not ready to say goodbye to the characters yet.
Erin & Steven are great authors. I've enjoyed reading all of their works. The Intuitives is no different. From the beginning to the end, I was enthralled by the creativity, atmosphere and character development throughout this tale.
The careful and meticulous attention given to each character, setting, time, and space was more than I expected (I expect a lot from them).
I fully encourage everyone to give this book a read. I consider it a must read. I've read it twice now, and will revisit it a third time. I honestly can't wait until my youngest daughter is old enough to read this book.
Bring on the good reads.
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