If science is right, then I am crazy. And crazy is dangerous.
In a world where nothing supernatural exists, Tess Eckhart is positive she's going crazy. After her complete freak-out at a high school party, her family is too. So much that they pack their bags and move across the country, next to a nationally-renowned facility for the mentally ill.
Tess is determined to fit in at her new school, despite the whispers and stares. But when it comes to Luka Williams, a reluctantly popular boy in her class, she's unused to a stare that intense. Then the headaches start, and the seemingly prophetic dreams that haunt her at night. As Tess tries harder to hide them, she becomes increasingly convinced that Luka knows something - that he might somehow be responsible.
But what if she's wrong? What if Luka Williams is the only thing separating her from a madness too terrifying to fathom?
©2015 K.E. Ganshert (P)2016 K.E. Ganshert
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I'm not a 17 year old girl. STILL LOVED IT!
Can't wait for the next book to come out.
I drive truck and as soon as I started it, I realized I was going to finish it ASAP! The description of how the world had changed (in the story) was what drew me in..... Heather, the narrator, kept me intrigued.
Her smooth, effortless delivery; her rhythm and phrasing; the slight changes in vocal pitch and tone per character made this an easy listen. It's as if Heather was telling me a story as I drove, NOT simply reading me a book.
The story, with characters more than 20 years my junior, drew me in quickly, taking me back to some of the feelings, emotions, and memories of high school. However, the plot and direction kept me intrigued as I kept asking myself how I would feel, react, or handle the world in the same situation as in the story.
All in all, great book, FANTASTIC narration, and a listener bummed that the next story isn't available yet!
I'm dying to know more about Tess and Luka!
"More intriguing than the Harry Potter series!"
I was in awe from the beginning. This was one of the best books that I have ever listened to or read. I put this up there with The Hunger games and Harry Potter as far as story goes. I was intrigued also that the author was not afraid to voice her beliefs of God and not attribute everything to "magic". so many authors are ashamed to create a world where God exists.
I read a review where the reviewer ranted about Katie including God's existance in the world she made in the Gifting and how too many of her Characters had Christian based conservative beliefs. Saying she was "shoving" her beliefs on others... Nobody made you read that book. How many books are there that blatantly deny the existence of God. I say Katie is amazing and an amazing author. that she is brave enough to not care what others may say or think is comendable.
The gifting was a book that I could not stop listening to. I listened to The Gifting and then it's sequel The Awakening every waking moment until I finished them. I couldn't help myself. Katie's masterpiece and Heather Master's voice make this whole series addictive.
My only regret is that the 3rd book The Gathering is not available in audible yet...
When Katie when! How long will you keep us waiting?
"Rekindled a love for reading"
I cannot say enough about The Gifting. I've read all three books in the trilogy and I'm wanting more. The books brought on so many emotions for me and rekindled my love of a good story to just fall into. Thank you Mrs. Ganshert and please keep the stories coming, preferably about Tess and Luka!
"Great story! but speed up the narration 1.25X !!!"
This was an interesting story with a unique twist.. In many futuristic dystopian stories, they depict a society that has become very creepy due to the take over of fundamentalist religion. Don't get me wrong, I like those stories (i.e. Handmaid's Tale). But this one depicts the opposite... a future where religion has become completely extinct. People don't believe in anything supernatural. And just for good measure, they throw in that the the second amendment has been repealed "When we repealed the 2nd amendment, we didn't get rid of guns, we just ensured that only the bad guys would have them." (at this point I did get a little worried that this book was NRA propaganda!) And the main twist is that, not only is abortion legal, but women are required to get screened during their pregnancy and are required to terminate, or get "cured," if the fetus is found to have any abnormality. In fact, mental illness is basically a crime and the state will capture you and institutionalize anyone who needs meds. So this was an interesting twist. I myself am not religious, am pro choice and anti-guns. but it was refreshing and interesting to see a depiction of what the world might look like if these beliefs were made more extreme.
Most importantly.... I SOLVED THE NARRATION PROBLEM BY SPEEDING UP THE RECORDING TO 1.25X!!. Many early reviews said that the narrator sounded odd. so much so that it was a distraction. Well, I felt the same way. And I noticed that the weirdest thing about it was that Tess's voice was really slowwwwwww. I tried speeding it up to 1.25x and guess what? Tess sounded totally normal. I think what happened is that some tricky sound engineer (for an unknown reason) went in and slowed down ONLY Tess's voice. Did they want the recording to last longer? I'm not sure why. but speeding the whole thing up to 1.25X made her voice sound normal. Unfortunately, the other voices sounded a little too fast... but not annoyingly so.
Anyway, it would be great if the producers would go back and release version where they hadn't speeded up the narrator's voice.
But that said, the story was cool and interesting and I am going on to listen to the next book.
"Excellent series but way too much teenage angst."
BS on the idea of right wing propaganda. It's one or two lines in a three book series. If you are that far left then I can't imagine what kind of movie or book would be inoffensive. It's not a part of the story. The idea that it's anti GOD is also BS. I guess those reviewers didn't listen long enough to realize the story line disputes the idea of science over the spiritual. Don't let those reviews stop you from enjoying a great series. My only issue was the teen angst. Way over the top; the main character's boy related angst and her issues snowballing because she is too introverted to talk to anybody to clear up any misunderstanding gets old. Still a good story. Too bad the never been kissed age level was the target audience.
"Right wing propaganda"
I tried. I wanted to like it, but I'm way too left to tolerate this.
"Madness is in the eye of the beholder..."
So, the first thing I'll admit is that I don't read a lot of YA-type books. Not even when I was still in the target age-range. But every so once in awhile I'll pick one up that sounds interesting. The Gifting was one such book. The idea of a teen girl experiencing the supernatural realm is not new to me but is still intriguing.
I really wasn't sure what to expect when I started listening. K.E. (Katie) Ganshert is an author I've known about but haven't read any of her books yet. Let me tell you, she is GOOD!
The Gifting is actually a pretty chilling read, or as in my case, listen. The world Tessa lives in is eerily similar to today, the same brands and the same technology, and yet so different. This is what our world can become if we continue down the path we seem to be on. The questions and opinions of the characters in this book will definitely get you thinking about your own stance, no matter what your age.
This is a book that can appeal to readers of all ages, while there are plenty of very teen moments it shouldn't lose adult readers.
I listened to the Audible version of this book and it was good! The narrator had a great voice to represent the teenage Tessa, and she did a great job giving each character their own tones and inflections.
This book is out of my usual genre but I'm glad I listened to it and I hope to 'read' the rest of the books in K.E. Ganshert's mind-stretching The Gifting series.
(I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
"story was okay but it ended short"
I didn't really understand the whole story because they left a whole lot out and they didn't really go into tell the story good before it cuts off.
Definitely speed up the tempo to 1.25x for a better pace. Otherwise, it's a great story!
At first, I wasn't too sure about it - seemed like another cliche teen romance. But then it pulls you into this gripping tale reminiscent of the old mysteries I loved reading as a kid mixed in with a flavor of dystopia and sci-fi. Basically perfection. Can't wait for the next one.
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