Fourteen-year-old twins Jamie and Scott Tyler perform a mind-reading act in a dingy theatre Reno, All the other acts our fake but theirs is real. When a sinister corporation kidnaps Scott, Jamie is left alone for the first time in his life. As he struggles to find his brother, taking any leads he comes across, Jamie learns he and Scott are a part of a bigger world, a world with powers and the evil Old Ones.
This is the first book in the series that Matt isn’t the main character so it’s a bit weird to start with because you are suddenly with new characters that don’t know anything about the Old Ones and as the reader you know more about them and what is likely to happen than they do.
Jamie has a great story arc in Nightrise, he starts out a bit of a wimp and naïve as his twin brother Scott is the one who has always looked after him and made all the decisions. But when Scott is taken, Jamie slowly gains confidence in his ability to look after himself and in planning what to do next. Jamie’s relationship with Alicia is almost like a mother-son relationship. Alicia is a woman who is searching for her missing son Danny who she believes was taken by the same people that took Scott. Jamie opens up to Alicia and trusts her and they work together to find Scott and Danny. Alicia proves to be very smart and loyal and she’s not afraid to get in trouble with the police to help Jamie. Alicia’s just plain awesome.
Scott and Jamie’s power, their telepathy which they can use to communicate and to influence other people, is one of the strongest and interesting power that you’ve seen the Gatekeepers have so far. The power of it scares Jamie and he often has to be convinced by Alicia that the only way they can find Scott is if he uses it.
Like previous books in the series, there’s moments of violence and gore and supernatural elements too but if anything Nightrise is like a political thriller. It has a big corporation that seems to have power over everything including the police and are even suspected of funding a dodgy presidential candidate. It means that Alicia and Jamie often have nowhere to run and there’s some tense moments as they struggle to find people who can help them and who they can trust
While following new characters is a bit hard to get into to start with, Jamie soon grows on you and his journey helps give some important and exciting background on the Old Ones. 4/5.