“There was nothing unusual about the night everything changed. No flashing lights in the sky, no searing fire in my belly; no sign whatsoever to suggest the shift which was to come…Nora Brice did strange things to me. Strange and awful things…”
Paul Colt has a problem, and it is not one most teenage boys face. Yes, he likes a girl; one he’s pretty certain he’ll do foolish things for, given the chance. But he can’t go after her, or any other girl for that matter. That’s what he gets for being an Averter; forced to toe the line for the propagation of the collective. He knows some rules are okay to trifle with, and there are some which should never be broken. The gravest of them all?
Don’t fall in love.
This is the story of how Paul breaks that rule.
Broken Ties is a prequel novel to a series called The Mentalist, which is a new series to me. It is about a boy named Paul who is taught at the uncomfortable age of 6 about the fact he wouldn’t be allowed to date, have sex, or marry who he wanted because he is what they called an Averter, but it isn’t really explained in deeper details why he can’t date, marry, or have kids with the woman he chooses.
One day, he is outside his work when a girl and boy walk down the alley. Before he can get out, the girl spots him and turns out to be his classmate named Nora. Another classmate name Brandon is following her. Brandon is trying to get her attention, but Paul alters his mind to get him to leave her alone.
Nora doesn’t know what he did fully and assumes he just got Brandon to leave and asked if Paul could follow her home. After that, Nora blows him off at school but tries ways to gain Paul’s attention with the advice from a magazine. Unsure as to why she tries, she isn’t allowed to date anyway because of family issues. Paul tries to talk to his dad about his fate, to which he is told he has no control over it. But Paul has already fallen for Nora, and Nora has also fallen for Paul.
Now, I’m not fond of love stories, or Romeo/Juliet style plots, this is slightly better than most romance books I’ve read because I did like the characters and the mystery that the author has laced through the life of Paul. And Nora’s reason for not dating was actually well explained and original. Now is it insane, yes, but also makes sense seeing some of the parents my friends have.
The plot was interesting, and I like that the romance was more spaced out. Granted, I did have a problem with how infatuated they became so quickly. Also, I don’t understand why Averter’s need to have special women, which is kind of important. In the end, a lot of my questions come from things that might be in the rest of the series. I am curious to see how this series continues and if you like young love, you will probably really like the first book.