This is a pretty awesome book all in all. It has a rather good plot, well thought out, decently paced and the majority of the character’s are well thought out and seem rather human.
The surprise factor to me was that main character Jacob is an atheist, he doesn’t believe in god at all, his family were not religious and after what had happened to him he never wanted to be part of the religious crew. The girl who becomes his friend, although we only find out a bit later, is a Christian. The family, his uncles family who he has never met before, are Catholics. The majority of books either never say or talk about religion or when they do, the book is pretty much focused on that religion. This was very much a breath of fresh air with the different aspects just given a bit of light but not overwhelming.
The next part that was rather interesting was the family Jacob finds himself in, his Uncle is welcoming, his wife isn’t – in fact his aunt doesn’t even want him to live there at all, which is never really explained fully. Although Jacob has a conversation with his cousin, Katrina; who explains that their grandfather hates the Japanese and that is why they will never kept in contact with Jacob and his family – although Jacob had to point out to her that he is part Chinese.
It’s an interesting part that the author puts the discrimination in this small town and let’s his two character’s be in the middle of it, it’s not something that very many YA author’s do – at least it’s never been discrimination, it’s been general bullying.
There are moment’s in the book when it didn’t feel like a supernatural book, although here were hints around, but it was later when Jacob gets the power with water that everything takes off.
The ending is a rather happy one, not completely happy and everyone lives happily ever after, but it’s enough that if a person didn’t want to read the next book they didn’t have to, there is no cliff-hanger than makes you desperately want to read the next book.
The one thing that makes the book not get a full 5 stars is that there are some background character’s that you just completely forget about, when they are introduced again you barely remember them, and there are some background characters that really should have a bit more bite to them than they do.
However if you want to read a YA book that is a bit different to the norm, this is probably the book for you to try.