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cover for Impulse Control by Susan Biscoff
Description from Smashwords: Talents, kids with supernatural powers, are taken from their families and forced into government research facilities called State Schools. At one such school, a group of Talents must work together to stop a dangerous experiment that’s already killed two of their peers and threatens others. If they’re caught they face Detention, and Detention at a State School has a whole different meaning.

Oooh, I liked this. And there's two more novels in this supers-ish world, one for $.99 and one for $2.99. (This one is also tagged romance. Yes, it's got some romance. Sort of. In that pinch-their-cheeks they're-so-cute YA/teen kinda way.) I'm buying the next novel, and will see about the third. And I'm pushing it at my kids; it warns for strong language/parental advisory, which mostly means they swear once or twice. (It deals with some mature themes--government manipulation, threats of torture--but well within the normal YA-dystopia range.)

The author manages to introduce an array of characters with special/super powers and not get them all tangled up. She shows hints of an intriguing world wherein all we really know is "some kids have super powers, and the gov't keeps them under wraps." We don't know if outside is bounding with super-vs-super wars, or if the existence of Talents is like mutations in Marvel universe ... nobody wants to admit they know one, and those who are, hide it as long as possible. This is such a tiny slice of the world, such a limited POV, that I can't tell if it's more like the Wild Card series or a comics universe, and I very much want to find out.

I didn't realize until I'd finished reading that I now had a solid sense of at least four drastically different characters, and a handful of others who weren't as central to the story, *and* they'd had a fine action-adventure story, *and* a budding romance, *and* the story had wrapped up elegantly so it didn't feel unfinished--but I still wanted to read more in this world. That's a lot of storytelling in a small package (~16,000 words); I'm delighted to have discovered this.
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