The Undercurrent ~ Paula Weston


Eighteen-year-old Julianne De Marchi is different. As in: she has an electrical undercurrent beneath her skin that stings and surges like a live wire. She can use it—to spark a fire, maybe even end a life—but she doesn’t understand what it is. And she can barely control it, especially when she’s anxious.

Ryan Walsh was on track for a stellar football career when his knee blew out. Now he’s a soldier—part of an experimental privatised military unit that has identified Jules De Marchi as a threat. Is it because of the weird undercurrent she’s tried so hard to hide? Or because of her mother Angie’s history as an activist against bio-engineering and big business?

It’s no coincidence that Ryan and Jules are in the same place at the same time—he’s under orders to follow her, after all. But then an explosive attack on a city building by an unknown enemy throws them together in the most violent and unexpected way.

It took me a few chapters to get into the story however The Undercurrent was a really fun read.

  • I loved how aussie it was for lack of a better word, all the colloquial language and naming of places I’ve been.
  • I liked the relationship between Jules and Ryan which felt natural and unrushed.
  • Something I particularly liked was the time spent with other characters, you actually got to know them and they were fully fleshed out with motivations and desires of their own.
  • The action really picked up in the second half but the book had great pacing throughout.

The Undercurrent was the book of the month in The YA Chronicles August box ~ Electric Stories and I’m glad it was because I wouldn’t have picked it up otherwise but really enjoyed it.

Find The Undercurrent:
Goodreads ~ here
Dymocks ~ here
Booktopia ~ here
Book Depository ~ here

Find Paula Weston:
Twitter ~ here
Website ~ here

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