*May Contain Spoilers*
Robert J. Crane brings mythology back to life with the first novel in a series, Alone: The Girl in the Box. Crane puts "meta-humans" up against each other with the world hanging in the balance. The only difficult part to figure out, why they all want Sienna on their side so badly?
"Meta-humans" are people with supernatural powers and Sienna turns out to be one of them, only she doesn't know why or what kind of meta-human she is. All she knows is that various groups are out searching for her. For a seventeen year old girl, Sienna is rather strong, incredibly intelligent, and unbelievably fast. Her other powers are manifesting and it seems that she can communicate through dreams.
As the main character, Sienna is a typical angst-ridden teenager, with a craving for drama, and the tendency to back-talk. I'd say this book is perfect for young adults, but the gore-described-decor puts it closer to the adult age range. Regardless, as the beginning of a series, Crane sets the readers up to slowly form a bond with Sienna.
The foundation is Sienna's family (or lack thereof) and the emotional feeling of being separated from life.
The bond strengthens when Sienna finds a romantic interest and the desire to love appears. It strengthens further when Sienna offers herself as a sacrifice to save others.
I have no doubt that readers will thoroughly connect with Sienna by the end of the novel and that the bond will grow with each book following.
Rating: 3.5/5 Cups