Transference: For the Conspiracy Theorist in All of Us

I’m terrified. I’m not afraid of much, but I’m terrified that I’ll never see my parents again. I’m afraid that my twin brother, Oliver, and I will be stuck in this place, sleeping on creaky cots, locked in a cell being guinea pigs for the rest of our lives. Is this really what’s in store for our future? Will I ever call my parents on the phone or see their smiling faces after a boring day at school? Will Olive and I ever sneak down to our secret cave hideout to just be kids? Will I ever sit with my best friend Kara giggling in the mall food court watching Colin run his kiosk?…

When I really think about it, I suppose the worst fear I have is that all these people, and the rest of the world, know me to be dead which means there’s no chance of being found and rescued. Unless, by some miracle, we can find a way to escape, this is now my life…

Transference by Angela McCubbins

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the writer in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

Shortly before leaving on vacation, I met and spoke with Angela McCubbins face to face and she gifted me a copy of her book, Transference. This is the book that I took with me and read while waiting in the O’Hare airport for my overnight flight and the one that I read while basking in my bubble baths after long days exploring the Irish countryside. It’s a pretty quick read, under 300 pages, but I only read in short segments at the end of the day.

I actually really enjoyed it and after explaining the premise of the novel to my husband, he also mentioned that once his mid terms are over, he might pick it up and read it. Of course, he is also a bit of a conspiracy nut like myself so I wasn’t really surprised that it piqued his interest.

transferenceTransference explored the idea of “twin speak” or siblings sharing a psychic connection. Twins, even with as common as they are becoming nowadays, are a source of interest for most of our society. There are many cases in which twins seem to display an ability to communicate or a connection beyond the normal boundaries and Angela McCubbins takes this idea and expounds on it.

Olivia (Liv) and Oliver are fifteen year old twins with the uncanny ability to speak to each other telepathically. They assume that this goes unnoticed until Liv spots a dark car following them around. Shortly after, their parents don’t return from a business weekend and the two teenagers are thrust into a world where conspiracy theories and fears are all too real and where they don’t know who to trust or where to turn. They know they need to escape the danger that they’ve found themselves in, but how?

Like I’ve mentioned before, I love books that explore family dynamics. I’m not sure I’ve mentioned it before, but I also enjoy a good conspiracy theory as well. This book had both, and I pleased by the presence of both. It was an easier read, and it does appear that the target audience is a younger one that I’m used to reading, but that didn’t bother me. The author does a great job staying true to the nature of what a fifteen year old would think like and how they would act. The conversations between the teens, both the siblings and their friends, feel genuine to the age that they are and the priorities that teens typically have at that age. There is minor romance in the novels and it’s refreshingly awkward and naive, like you would (hopefully) expect from a teenager who hasn’t really experienced any relationships before. The main focus, however, is the relationship between the siblings, their parents, and their long-lost grandfather and how that affects the events unfolding in the book.

I would say that the ideal target age group for this book would be 7th grade to high school, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying it either, so if you’re an older reader and this book sounds interesting, read it! My mum is a middle school librarian and I’m going to suggest this book to her for their library there.

This is the first in the series and I honestly can’t wait to see how Angela McCubbins further explores the world that she has placed her main characters in. The book ended with more questions than it answered and that’s always a good thing for the first book in a series to do because it keeps you coming back.

I really planned to have this published on Sunday, but did you know that jet lag is a real thing and it really sucks? I’ve had less than half my normal energy and my internal clock still seems to want to run on Ireland time which happens to be six hours ahead of our own. I’m just now starting to feel normal again and I’m hoping that by the end of this week, I will be tip-top again. I just finished my first book for my October reading list and so you should expect a review for that book on Wednesday or Thursday.

Happy Reading!



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