Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - The Terminals by Royce Scott Buckingham

WoW is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share the titles we are eagerly anticipating.

The Terminals by Royce Scott Buckingham. 288 p. St. Martin's Press, October 14, 2014. 9781250011558.

Publisher synopsis: In The Terminals, Royce Buckingham tells the riveting story of a covert team of young, terminally ill teens who spend their last year alive running dangerous missions as super-spies for an organization that may not be all it seems.
When 19 year-old Cam Cody is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he expects to spend the rest of his shortened life in an adjustable bed. Then one night, a mysterious man offers Cam one chance to join a covert unit of young “terminals.” They are like him, only they spend the last year of their lives executing exciting and dangerous missions to make the world a better place.
With nothing to lose, Cam is in.
A helicopter flies Cam to a secret tropical location, where he’s tossed out with a parachute and an instruction manual. After a rough landing, he meets his nine teammates. The other terminals don’t seem sick; Zara is beautiful, Donnie is an amazing athlete, and Calliope sings like a bird. He soon learns that they’re enhanced with an experimental super steroid TS-8, which suppresses their illnesses’ symptoms and heightens their physical and mental abilities. It’s also fatal if taken for more than a year.
Cam joins this extreme spy team, and they begin pulling dangerous operations in multiple countries. As his teammates fall around him, he starts to receive cryptic messages from a haggard survivor of last year’s class hiding in the forest. She reveals that the program isn’t what it seems, leading Cam to question whether any of them are really sick at all.
I really enjoyed Demonkeeper, Mr. Buckingham's first novel. His second novel, Goblins, is rip-roaring fun. I haven't yet read, The Dead Boys but a sixth grade girl assures me that it is excellent. This is the author's first YA offering.
What are you waiting on?


  1. What a great choice
    I hope you'll enjoy it :)


  2. Sounds like a good pick. Hope you get to read it soon.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever's WoW

  3. This sounds so original, i dont think i've read anything like it, adding it to my TBR list, thanks for sharing! :)

    Nemo @ blame it on the book