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"[A] rousing mash-up of military SF thriller and paranormal adventure . . . Scarlett is a resourceful and endearing heroine."--Publishers Weekly What if you had a power you had to hide from everyone--until now? In this bold sci-fi action thriller, a secret training program at West Point is turning misfits into a new generation of heroes. Scarlett Winter has always been an "[A] rousing mash-up of military SF thriller and paranormal adventure . . . Scarlett is a resourceful and endearing heroine."--Publishers Weekly What if you had a power you had to hide from everyone--until now? In this bold sci-fi action thriller, a secret training program at West Point is turning misfits into a new generation of heroes. Scarlett Winter has always been an outsider, and not only because she's a hardcore daredevil and born troublemaker--she has been hiding superhuman powers she doesn't yet understand. Now she's been recruited by a secret West Point unit for cadets with extraordinary abilities. Scarlett and her fellow students are learning to hone their skills, from telekinetic combat to running recon missions through strangers' dreamscapes. At The Point, Scarlett discovers that she may be the most powerful cadet of all. With the power to control pure energy, she's a human nuclear bomb--and she's not sure she can control her powers much longer. Even in this army of outsiders, Scarlett feels like a misfit all over again, but when a threat that endangers her fellow students arises from the school's dark past, duty calls and Scarlett must make a choice between being herself and becoming something even greater: a hero. Praise for The Point "An exciting military SF adventure . . . This action-packed military thriller keeps a fast pace and will appeal to fans of X-Men's Charles Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters and TV military series such as The Unit and SEAL Team."--Library Journal "A thrilling mix of SF and coming-of-age story."--Booklist "This 'school for superheroes' sci-fi action thriller moves faster than a speeding bullet."--Kirkus Reviews


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"[A] rousing mash-up of military SF thriller and paranormal adventure . . . Scarlett is a resourceful and endearing heroine."--Publishers Weekly What if you had a power you had to hide from everyone--until now? In this bold sci-fi action thriller, a secret training program at West Point is turning misfits into a new generation of heroes. Scarlett Winter has always been an "[A] rousing mash-up of military SF thriller and paranormal adventure . . . Scarlett is a resourceful and endearing heroine."--Publishers Weekly What if you had a power you had to hide from everyone--until now? In this bold sci-fi action thriller, a secret training program at West Point is turning misfits into a new generation of heroes. Scarlett Winter has always been an outsider, and not only because she's a hardcore daredevil and born troublemaker--she has been hiding superhuman powers she doesn't yet understand. Now she's been recruited by a secret West Point unit for cadets with extraordinary abilities. Scarlett and her fellow students are learning to hone their skills, from telekinetic combat to running recon missions through strangers' dreamscapes. At The Point, Scarlett discovers that she may be the most powerful cadet of all. With the power to control pure energy, she's a human nuclear bomb--and she's not sure she can control her powers much longer. Even in this army of outsiders, Scarlett feels like a misfit all over again, but when a threat that endangers her fellow students arises from the school's dark past, duty calls and Scarlett must make a choice between being herself and becoming something even greater: a hero. Praise for The Point "An exciting military SF adventure . . . This action-packed military thriller keeps a fast pace and will appeal to fans of X-Men's Charles Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters and TV military series such as The Unit and SEAL Team."--Library Journal "A thrilling mix of SF and coming-of-age story."--Booklist "This 'school for superheroes' sci-fi action thriller moves faster than a speeding bullet."--Kirkus Reviews

30 review for The Point

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Scarlett Winter is a rebellious teenager who just wants to find adventure and not bend to the rules around her. On the night of her graduation Scarlett blows off the ceremony to hang out with friends only to find her parents had planned a surprise party she missed. After a fight with her family Scarlett leaves yet again when the signs of her hidden powers start to get the better of her. What Scarlett didn’t expect was to come across a bomb and stop it from exploding with witnesses to the event. Th Scarlett Winter is a rebellious teenager who just wants to find adventure and not bend to the rules around her. On the night of her graduation Scarlett blows off the ceremony to hang out with friends only to find her parents had planned a surprise party she missed. After a fight with her family Scarlett leaves yet again when the signs of her hidden powers start to get the better of her. What Scarlett didn’t expect was to come across a bomb and stop it from exploding with witnesses to the event. The next thing Scarlett knows to the delight of her father a couple of military men show up at her door. As much as her father would like her to enlist Scarlett is determined to do things her own way until she’s taken aside and threatened with prison unless she signs up for a secret training program at West Point. The Point by John Dixon was a decent science fiction thriller about a teen gaining super human powers and getting pulled into a secret program. The thing is this one didn’t feel overly original to me but blended in with a lot of other books of this genre. I also thought this one could have used a bit better world building with explanations of how posthumans came about and their powers right away to draw readers in a bit more quickly in stead of tossing them into the action. In the end I’d give this one 3.5 stars when finished. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more review please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  2. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    This story had some strong points: a good female lead, especially after she left the immature, teenage whining at the beginning of the book; unusual characters, also known "posthumans" with very strange powers; a secret spy organization located underground at West Point; and of course, villains, originally trained by the secret spy organization. There were some cool, but less obvious, connections through out the story. One example is the senator and his long lost daughter: they could have played This story had some strong points: a good female lead, especially after she left the immature, teenage whining at the beginning of the book; unusual characters, also known "posthumans" with very strange powers; a secret spy organization located underground at West Point; and of course, villains, originally trained by the secret spy organization. There were some cool, but less obvious, connections through out the story. One example is the senator and his long lost daughter: they could have played a much bigger role. Their appearance at the end of the book was surprising but it could have been a startling revelation. Overall it was an enjoyable read, definitely in the young adult category. Thanks to NetGalley and publishers for an advanced reader's copy in exchange for my honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sherwood Smith

    By anyone’s definition, Scarlett Winters is a screwup as well as a daredevil and thrill-seeker. She even blows off high school graduation, unaware that her long-suffering mother had planned a surprise party. Which is the last straw as far as her tightly-wound vet dad and even grimmer brother are concerned. She goes off to visit a friend, and ends up in a violent scene. She goes straight from that to a family argument that swiftly turns violent. It ends only when her father’s friend, Colonel Rhoa By anyone’s definition, Scarlett Winters is a screwup as well as a daredevil and thrill-seeker. She even blows off high school graduation, unaware that her long-suffering mother had planned a surprise party. Which is the last straw as far as her tightly-wound vet dad and even grimmer brother are concerned. She goes off to visit a friend, and ends up in a violent scene. She goes straight from that to a family argument that swiftly turns violent. It ends only when her father’s friend, Colonel Rhoads of West Point, arrives with an offer for Scarlett: join or jail. Though Scarlett is insanely reckless, she isn’t stupid. What Scarlett discovers at West Point is a super-secret unit for extraordinarily-gifted young people. But, like her flat-eyed dad and her grim brother, the other cadets are far from a happy family of misfits. There are problems here, and layers of secrets. Is this really the opportunity of a lifetime, or a pathway to black ops terrorism? Scarlett and her unit are considered posthuman, and that’s not always a good thing. As this tightly paced, vivid thriller unfolds, Scarlett has to find a way to master her powers and to decide if she, and the others, will truly join the Long Gray Line and the unfamiliar West Point world of duty, honor, country. I really liked Dixon’s characters. Under the wisecracking and banter, the dark side of PTSD becomes a substrate under the story, comprehension hard-won, sometimes heartbreakingly. Dixon’s narrative choices are interesting, employing a kind of omniscient third (with the narrator way behind the scenes). This enables the reader to see into key characters, as the tension inexorably winds up to the explosive (and I really mean explosive) finish. Copy provided by NetGalley

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    Scarlett was a rebel without a cause, a daredevil, a born troublemaker, a teen with a secret and now she has met her match. She is about to become part of a secret training program hidden deep within the bowels of West Point, but is she ready to become a hero? THE POINT by John Dixon is a brilliantly edgy young adult science fiction tale that is jam-packed with action and danger, but where does the danger really lie? Teens with superhuman powers are being trained covertly to become the nation’s s Scarlett was a rebel without a cause, a daredevil, a born troublemaker, a teen with a secret and now she has met her match. She is about to become part of a secret training program hidden deep within the bowels of West Point, but is she ready to become a hero? THE POINT by John Dixon is a brilliantly edgy young adult science fiction tale that is jam-packed with action and danger, but where does the danger really lie? Teens with superhuman powers are being trained covertly to become the nation’s secret weapons, but is everything as it seems? Called “posthumans,” these teens are raw, untrained and possess potentially deadly abilities. They are also highly intelligent and something just doesn’t feel right. Scarlett will be forced to choose between her own survival and the survival of her fellow students and her country. John Dixon just blew me out of the water with his creative talents! THE POINT opened with a bang and never let up! Feel the emotional turmoil of young adults thrown into an unknown world, sense the tension that is building and witness some incredible characters rise to the challenges set before them. Personalities will clash, lies will be told, and blood will be shed as we become part of an incredible world filled with characters who come alive with the intensity of a fireworks display finale! Magnetic from start to finish, horrifying at times, mesmerizing at others, science fiction lovers, this one’s for you! I received a complimentary ARC edition from Del Rey! Publisher: Del Rey (August 7, 2018) Publication Date: August 7, 2018 Genre: YA Science Fiction | Fantasy Print Length: 320 pages Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble For Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  5. 5 out of 5

    Fabi

    Scarlett just graduated high school. She's ready to leave her misspent youth behind and backpack through Europe with her bestie. Scarlett's parents hope for college or the military life for her. During a big family fight about her irresponsibility, two military recruiters show up at her door to give her a choice - prison for her latest escapade or West Point and military service for the next 8 years. In spite of her rebellious nature, she's a smart girl and chooses West Point. Only to discover tha Scarlett just graduated high school. She's ready to leave her misspent youth behind and backpack through Europe with her bestie. Scarlett's parents hope for college or the military life for her. During a big family fight about her irresponsibility, two military recruiters show up at her door to give her a choice - prison for her latest escapade or West Point and military service for the next 8 years. In spite of her rebellious nature, she's a smart girl and chooses West Point. Only to discover that she's been secretly recruited to an undercover training program for youth exhibiting super powers. Similar to the X-Men, these youth have powers ranging from telekinesis to super speed, enormous strength, etc. Scarlett is one of a kind, even in this exalted environment, because she can absorb energy and re-emitt it to a target. She acts as a sort of boomerang for any type of energy. But that's not enough. If she can't learn to harness and store that power, she will not be of any use in defending against the biggest threat the country has ever faced. This was a thrilling and intriguing new adult story. Among all the mystery and hair raising suspense, I really enjoyed watching Scarlett grow and mature into her full potential. A big thanks to the publisher for this NetGalley ARC.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Stoolfire

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Scarlett Winter has always been an outsider as a daredevil and troublemaker, but she's hiding special powers she doesn't understand. She has no choice after graduation - either go to West Point or jail. She expects that she'll just be joining the army like her father before her, but she's actually joining a special unit of others with powers like her. Scarlett and her fellow students are learning to more accurately use their abili I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Scarlett Winter has always been an outsider as a daredevil and troublemaker, but she's hiding special powers she doesn't understand. She has no choice after graduation - either go to West Point or jail. She expects that she'll just be joining the army like her father before her, but she's actually joining a special unit of others with powers like her. Scarlett and her fellow students are learning to more accurately use their abilities, from telekinetic combat to running recon missions through strangers' dreamscapes, for eventual government service. Scarlett may have the strongest ability in her year with her power to control energy and use it as a weapon, she's a bomb waiting to explode, and she's not sure she can control herself for much longer. When a dangerous threat arises from the school's dark past, Scarlett will need to decide if she can truly step up and be a hero. The Point by John Dixon is an addicting sci-fi thriller with a great central premise. Honestly, as soon as I heard military training, X-Men, and a secret West Point unit I was absolutely sold. Some of my favorite moments of the story are the training sequences and seeing the cadets powers in action. As for Scarlett, Dixon has created a pretty fantastic character arc for our leading lady. She really comes into her own as a part of a the Long Gray Line and through her training. That being said she never loses herself in the process, though she does seem to change her ways a little too quickly for my tastes. By the way, when it comes to Scarlett's power did anyone else think of Sebastian Shaw from X-Men? Anyway, one of my few issues is that I wish the world-building had been handled a little more thoroughly for the posthumans. I enjoyed what we got about they came to be, but it wasn't quite enough for me - bit of a missed opportunity there. Overall, The Point by John Dixon is a great standalone sci-fi for fans of X-Men. This story isn't terribly unique, but it's still a fun read that you can quickly devour. It is an older YA read, but I think that it could make a great adult crossover story as well. This novel was my first read by this author, but I think now I'm going to have to read more of his work - I think a great starting place would be Phoenix Island which inspired the tv show Intelligence with Josh Holloway.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Karen’s Library

    The Point starts with Scarlett skipping out on her high school graduation to party. She's a troublemaker and I did not like her whatsoever. Scarlett is given a choice, go to West Point, or go to prison... She chooses West Point. When she gets there, she discovers that she's actually a "superhuman" with powers and although she's attending West Point, she's actually attending The Point, the secret underground school for superhumans, where she's learning to control her superhuman power. This was kin The Point starts with Scarlett skipping out on her high school graduation to party. She's a troublemaker and I did not like her whatsoever. Scarlett is given a choice, go to West Point, or go to prison... She chooses West Point. When she gets there, she discovers that she's actually a "superhuman" with powers and although she's attending West Point, she's actually attending The Point, the secret underground school for superhumans, where she's learning to control her superhuman power. This was kind of a military X-Men. I thought this was a really interesting premise and learning about the real West Point was fascinating. Scarlett's character arc was great and she really grew on me over the course of the book. I loved her friendship with her roommate. It was fun seeing the powers of the others, especially Dalia, who I hated. Dalia was a pretty scary character and I can understand why Scarlett tried to stay on her good side. Jagger... Wow! He was quite the villain and I was sure that this book would have to end on a cliffhanger as I was running out of pages. But, whew. There was a decent ending that had me sighing in relief. I'm not sure if there will be any sequels, but I'd like to see more of this storyline and these characters. *Thank you so much to NetGalley and Del Rey Books for the advance copy!*

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alaina Meserole

    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. In The Point, you will end up meeting Scarlett Winter. She's a troubled teen in the beginning and doesn't really take to authority. Especially if it's her dad telling her what to do. Eventually things get a bit out of control and she ends up at West Point. Which is where her dad wanted to go to begin with. However, it's not THE West Point that everyone really knows about. Nope, she is basically with these cadets who have sp I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. In The Point, you will end up meeting Scarlett Winter. She's a troubled teen in the beginning and doesn't really take to authority. Especially if it's her dad telling her what to do. Eventually things get a bit out of control and she ends up at West Point. Which is where her dad wanted to go to begin with. However, it's not THE West Point that everyone really knows about. Nope, she is basically with these cadets who have special powers, just like her. Now this book kind of reminded me of a couple of TV shows and/or movies. For example, it's teenagers with special abilities going into this special program. No, they didn't volunteer for it either. So, while reading this book I kept thinking of like X-Men or even that show Heroes. At first, the main character kind of annoyed me. I get that she was rebelling and everything but she was also a smidge annoying. I also feel like I could've used a bit more information on posthumans in general because I just really wanted to know more. For example, were the born with these powers? Did they magically get them overnight? What exactly are all the powers within the levels.? So many questions that could've been easily answered (I think). Other than that, I did end up enjoying the book and I'm glad that I got the chance to read it. Real rating: 3.5 stars.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Yellagirlgc

    Ive read similar books. The characters in this one and the way it was written set it apart. Scarlett, Seamus, Lucy & the others made me feel like I was apart of what was going on. I definitely wish I had post human powers lol. Now that the foundation has been set I hope author John Dixon carries this iinto a series and really develops the story.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rissa

    Thank you so much to Random house publishing group via netgalley for sending me an ARC copy of The point by john Dixon. This will be released on August 7 of 2018. The point ⭐ “A shotgun blasy of emotion filled her with conflicting impluses” Scarlett Winter. She had everything, good grades, amazing at all sports, beautiful, a loving boyfriend and yet... she quits every sport, doesnt care about others, doesnt really do anything. So whats the point? Scarlett has the potential to do so much more but sh Thank you so much to Random house publishing group via netgalley for sending me an ARC copy of The point by john Dixon. This will be released on August 7 of 2018. The point ⭐️ “A shotgun blasy of emotion filled her with conflicting impluses” Scarlett Winter. She had everything, good grades, amazing at all sports, beautiful, a loving boyfriend and yet... she quits every sport, doesnt care about others, doesnt really do anything. So whats the point? Scarlett has the potential to do so much more but she coasts through life not a care in the world. But soon we find out that Scarletts life is not perfect its quite a mess. His writing style is gorgeous and flows so beautifully! His use of emotions and Adjectives make the story that much better.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher *Genre* Science Fiction / Military / Action & Adventure / Thrillers *Rating* 3.5-4 *Thoughts* John Dixon's The Point is a story that could easily be called X-Men at the US Military Academy. Instead of calling those with strange powers mutants, let's instead call them post-humans. The protagonist of the story is 18-year old Scarlett Winter a rebel by nature who chaffs against responsibility. Winter's father is a retired Master Sergeant in the Army, while her older brother is a *Source* Publisher *Genre* Science Fiction / Military / Action & Adventure / Thrillers *Rating* 3.5-4 *Thoughts* John Dixon's The Point is a story that could easily be called X-Men at the US Military Academy. Instead of calling those with strange powers mutants, let's instead call them post-humans. The protagonist of the story is 18-year old Scarlett Winter a rebel by nature who chaffs against responsibility. Winter's father is a retired Master Sergeant in the Army, while her older brother is a Sergeant in the Marines. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/201...

  12. 4 out of 5

    OutlawPoet

    There may be a spoiler here. You’ve been warned. So, I finished this book last week, but I found that I had to give a lot of thought to my review. There were things I liked about it, things I hated about it, and nothing I loved about it. After a bit of a jolt when we meet Scarlett (naked but for socks, outdoors, high, cool power, and one inconsiderate young woman), I kind of liked her. At least she had spirit. And the book is all X-men/Mutant/Find and destroy the Villain kind of fun. Unfortunately, There may be a spoiler here. You’ve been warned. So, I finished this book last week, but I found that I had to give a lot of thought to my review. There were things I liked about it, things I hated about it, and nothing I loved about it. After a bit of a jolt when we meet Scarlett (naked but for socks, outdoors, high, cool power, and one inconsiderate young woman), I kind of liked her. At least she had spirit. And the book is all X-men/Mutant/Find and destroy the Villain kind of fun. Unfortunately, Scarlett soon lost all her boldness and edge and became a Basic Becky (ick) and her cool power? Seemed only to activate when a man tortures or hits her (except for one early incident). Yet, doesn’t activate when she’s being telekinetic-style beaten while being hazed. It was weird. But seriously (and this may be a spoiler, but whatevs because it bugged me so much) - at one point she’s begging her bland boyfriend to hit her so she can activate. Ick. Look the book is an adventure and it’s superhero fun most of the time, but there were a couple of elements that really gave me pause. *ARC Provided via Net Galley

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    Review of Advance Uncorrected Proofs Daredevil Scarlett Winter has always had a propensity for causing trouble. She doesn’t exactly mean for things to go awry, but somehow turmoil always manages to find her. And her family’s understanding hits a new low when she decides not to show up for her high school graduation and misses the celebratory surprise party they’ve planned for her. Everyone thinks Scarlett is selfish, thinking only of herself. But she hides a secret, one she doesn’t fully understan Review of Advance Uncorrected Proofs Daredevil Scarlett Winter has always had a propensity for causing trouble. She doesn’t exactly mean for things to go awry, but somehow turmoil always manages to find her. And her family’s understanding hits a new low when she decides not to show up for her high school graduation and misses the celebratory surprise party they’ve planned for her. Everyone thinks Scarlett is selfish, thinking only of herself. But she hides a secret, one she doesn’t fully understand herself. When Colonel Rhoads maneuvers her into joining a super-secret West Point unit for extraordinarily-gifted young people, she soon finds that The Point holds a dark secret from the past. Will Scarlett continue to struggle to be herself, or is she destined to become something even greater than she could ever have imagined? In the posthuman world of the future, some people have inexplicably gained extraordinary abilities. As this fascinating narrative unfolds, readers discover how those gifted young people react to their abilities, how they relate to each other, and how they might ultimately merge into the Long Gray Line and the unfamiliar West Point world of duty, honor, country. Peopled with well-developed characters, the narrative spins out its tale as the young people, long believed to be misfits in society, make themselves into something new and strong: heroes. The sometimes-predictable plot holds several unforeseen twists and offers some unexpected reveals. The abilities of the posthuman young people are drawn and integrated into the narrative with great believability. Their struggles are realistic; their backstories credible. Readers who enjoy an action-packed thrill ride will find much to appreciate in this unputdownable tale of rebellion, determination, grit, and heroism. Highly recommended.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Linda Romer

    I loved The Point! A great story that grabbed me right from the beginning. Scarlett Winter is an amazing character. I love West Point and the premise of the story I thought it was unique and very interesting. As a matter of fact all the characters were executed perfectly. I enjoyed this Authors writing and look forward to reading more of his work. I give The Point 5 stars for its thrilling read. I would recommend this book to Dystopian fans, YA lovers and anybody that just loves a good read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    Mutant training, coming-of-age stories, government conspiracies. The Point by John Dixon is a hybrid of all the types of books I love to read. With a main character you can’t help to root for and a bevy of twists and reveals, this is a solid addition to any one of those genres. For the full review: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/07/24/th... For all my reviews: https://paulspicks.blog

  16. 5 out of 5

    Teri

    I'm an X-Men fan, so obviously I couldn't pass up reading this book.  Think military X-Men battling rogue X-Men, but the 'good' X-Men are under government regulation - the bone of contention in Captain America: Civil War - and are a secret. Scarlett is a great protagonist - an out of control, rules-be-damned, free-spirited teen who learns a hard lesson in responsibility and consequences.  But once she commits to something, she's in it wholeheartedly.  I thoroughly enjoyed her character arc. Clearl I'm an X-Men fan, so obviously I couldn't pass up reading this book.  Think military X-Men battling rogue X-Men, but the 'good' X-Men are under government regulation - the bone of contention in Captain America: Civil War - and are a secret. Scarlett is a great protagonist - an out of control, rules-be-damned, free-spirited teen who learns a hard lesson in responsibility and consequences.  But once she commits to something, she's in it wholeheartedly.  I thoroughly enjoyed her character arc. Clearly, the author did extensive research on West Point, and it makes the story feel more authentic.  Nearing the last quarter of the book, I assumed there would be a sequel, but after a no-holds-barred climax, I was pleasantly surprised to see this novel is a standalone.  All questions are answered, and no plot lines are left dangling.        Although The Point doesn't really bring anything new to the genre, it's a fast-paced, action-packed read that will appeal to superhero and sci-fi fans. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Christina (Ensconced in Lit)

    I'm torn about The Point. It's a fun and fast paced read, so if you are looking for an action film with superheroes/X-men in book form, this is the book for you. The first half can get kind of hard to get through because it is filled with build up and getting to learn the characters, which are all kind of unlikeable. Scarlett is the main character and she has a lot of flaws, is lazy and entitled and I can't really get behind her for most of the book. Her turning point comes pretty late, like at I'm torn about The Point. It's a fun and fast paced read, so if you are looking for an action film with superheroes/X-men in book form, this is the book for you. The first half can get kind of hard to get through because it is filled with build up and getting to learn the characters, which are all kind of unlikeable. Scarlett is the main character and she has a lot of flaws, is lazy and entitled and I can't really get behind her for most of the book. Her turning point comes pretty late, like at the 70% point. The prose is not the best, a lot of telling not showing, but there are some great reveals and action scenes. So I think it was a worthwhile read, especially if you are on vacation and don't want to think too much.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Teenreadsdotcom

    Scarlett Winter has never been one to follow the rules. A born troublemaker and rebel, Scarlett has been cruising through high school without a care in the world, riding her Yamaha, smoking weed, dating boys and doing absolutely no work. On the day of her graduation, when an uncovered attack on her ex-best friend’s grad party reveals that Scarlett has hidden powers, she is more than shocked. The next morning, she is even more stunned to be recruited by a top secret training facility at West Poin Scarlett Winter has never been one to follow the rules. A born troublemaker and rebel, Scarlett has been cruising through high school without a care in the world, riding her Yamaha, smoking weed, dating boys and doing absolutely no work. On the day of her graduation, when an uncovered attack on her ex-best friend’s grad party reveals that Scarlett has hidden powers, she is more than shocked. The next morning, she is even more stunned to be recruited by a top secret training facility at West Point for others like her, known as posthumans. At The Point, Scarlett joins others like her to hone their powers to help fight for the military in whatever way they can. Yet even surrounded by other cadets with powers, Scarlett remains an outsider. With the unheard of ability to harness and control raw energy, Scarlett is as unique as she is powerful. Unable to fit in with the other recruits, she is battered down by loneliness and great power she is unsure she will be able to control. But beyond the classes and training at The Point, something more sinister is being planned. Something that could end not just her school, but the world. THE POINT is a masterful work of many narratives that weave around each other, seeming like a mindless knot until the finale where everything suddenly comes together in a glorious reveal. While the majority of the story focuses on Scarlett, occasional glimpses into other mindsets not only layers the story, but also gives every character, even the ones we’re meant to hate, a background that displays their humanity. Chapters in the very beginning make absolutely no sense, until the very end when everything comes together in a mind-blowing conclusion. What initially seems like a story of a girl fitting in with the others in her school turns into the story of a masterful villain and a girl who decides to become a hero. Initially, Scarlett seems like a selfish girl. Always looking for her next high, shirking her responsibilities and family, she is not the exactly the epitome of a new cadet at a military training academy. Yet as Scarlett grows with her fellow cadets and learns more about those around her, her family and herself, she reveals herself to be a girl who in the end, will always make the choice between what’s easy and what’s hard, and be the hero. Dixon has a wonderful way of making every character not only unique but someone to respect. No one is simply a bully, or a coward, or a hero. They are real and complex, dealing with the struggles of not only being in a military academy, but becoming decent people in a world that has tried its hardest to ruin them. From Scarlett’s roommate Lucy to the elusive Seamus to the terrifying Dalia, everyone has a story, and everyone is important. As Scarlett transforms from a snarky rebel into a powerful soldier, she must make the tough choice that everyone, soldier or not, must face: Will I stick with what I know and play it safe or will I take the risk to help others and be the hero they need? At The Point, that decision may mean the difference between herself, and saving not only her school, but the world. Reviewed by Caitlyn K., Teen Board Member

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sionna

    *I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* DNF @ 13% warning: abuse I quit this one a lot sooner than I usually do now-a-days. This is another one of those books where I lost respect for the character and then just couldn't get back into the book. Look, you don't not go to your graduation and not tell anyone -- unless you are TRYING to piss people off. She doesn't care? She's leaving anyhow? well, no because she forgot to bring in her docu *I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* DNF @ 13% warning: abuse I quit this one a lot sooner than I usually do now-a-days. This is another one of those books where I lost respect for the character and then just couldn't get back into the book. Look, you don't not go to your graduation and not tell anyone -- unless you are TRYING to piss people off. She doesn't care? She's leaving anyhow? well, no because she forgot to bring in her documents to get a passport OTL. Like, I just couldn't. If you are THAT excited about your future and determined to prove to your parents you are an adult, then you just don't do that. Unfortunately, I know there are probably people who do this... so, I'm sure this part won't bother people. Besides the characters, it still felt like we were getting background on the character and story, like we were waiting for the story to start. I won't lie, her power seems really interesting and I wanted to see what was going to happen there. The bad guy with a god-complex is still interesting enough to make me want to see what his master plan would be. Anyhow, I wasn't interested in watching this girl hit rock bottom in order to climb her way back up, but it is an interesting story arc. I probably would hesitantly recommend this to people who don't have the same hangups as me and don't need to like the main character.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    "X-Men" at West Point rather than the X-Mansion This is a sci-fi thriller about Posthumans that have been appearing over the last couple of decades. Genetic mutations have brought forth young people with many different powers - telekinesis, healing, super strength, and many more more. Scarlett Winter just barely graduated from high school. She's been a slacker, a daredevil, and has a power she barely understands - she can absorb energy and re-release it when and where she wants. U.S. Army Colonel R "X-Men" at West Point rather than the X-Mansion This is a sci-fi thriller about Posthumans that have been appearing over the last couple of decades. Genetic mutations have brought forth young people with many different powers - telekinesis, healing, super strength, and many more more. Scarlett Winter just barely graduated from high school. She's been a slacker, a daredevil, and has a power she barely understands - she can absorb energy and re-release it when and where she wants. U.S. Army Colonel Rhoads approaches her after a disastrous night, giving her two choices - join his group or go to jail. So Scarlett becomes part of Operation Signal Boost, a secret cadre of cadets being trained to use their powers in an underground installation below the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. This was a fun book. I enjoyed the author's first two books PHOENIX ISLAND and DEVIL'S POCKET. This was different from those two books but it's another great book. I enjoy books about West Point and even though the emphasis is on the young people and their special powers there is still quite a bit about the Academy. I received this book from Del Rey Books through Edelweiss and Net Galley in the hopes that I would read it and leave an unbiased review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ron

    Like his previous novels, this fast-paced novel straddles the ground between YA and adult thrillers. The story deals with superpowers, somewhat like X-Men, but more realistically (no capes or spandex tights). The explanation of the powers' origin was a bit too basic for me but it answers the nagging questions and lets the story move on. The West Point setting is interesting and I like how he incorporates some of the history and insider trivia. Scarlett is a strong protagonist. I loved her rebell Like his previous novels, this fast-paced novel straddles the ground between YA and adult thrillers. The story deals with superpowers, somewhat like X-Men, but more realistically (no capes or spandex tights). The explanation of the powers' origin was a bit too basic for me but it answers the nagging questions and lets the story move on. The West Point setting is interesting and I like how he incorporates some of the history and insider trivia. Scarlett is a strong protagonist. I loved her rebellious streak and I hope to see more of it in a sequel or two.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dave Milbrandt

    This is actually a 3.5 review here. I loved the level of research about West Point and the action is good, but the language and sexual content is more New Adult than Young Adult and the protagonist is a female but acts more like a man. Perhaps it is the military setting that homogenizes all temperaments, but one is left wondering if the character was made a young woman because that is what sells most successfully in YA/NA fiction.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Faith

    Yet another teenager with special powers. This wasn't for me and I abandoned it. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kay Kuever

    I really loved the idea of The Point when I first snagged a copy of it. Superpowered teenagers and young adults at West Point? I thought that sounded like the coolest idea ever. To borrow what everyone else has been saying, "it's X-Men at West Point!" I love the idea of "normal" people obtaining what can be perceived as superpowers. I am still that person who stares at inanimate objects hoping to one day realize that I have untapped potential as a TK. Alas, this hasn't happened yet, but that's b I really loved the idea of The Point when I first snagged a copy of it. Superpowered teenagers and young adults at West Point? I thought that sounded like the coolest idea ever. To borrow what everyone else has been saying, "it's X-Men at West Point!" I love the idea of "normal" people obtaining what can be perceived as superpowers. I am still that person who stares at inanimate objects hoping to one day realize that I have untapped potential as a TK. Alas, this hasn't happened yet, but that's beside the point. But, like I said, I really loved this idea, but it fell a little short for me in some places. In the beginning, Scarlett was a rad, troubled, angsty, and wild chick. Knowing that she would eventually end up attending the most prestigious military academy of West Point (sue me, I'm an army brat), I knew that she was going to endure some major growth. However, she seemed to lose a bit of her fire instead. Don't get me wrong, she did grow. She learned to open herself up to love and friendship, but at the same time, she sort of becomes another whiney little girl who powers bigger than herself. But, despite her whining she proves herself to be resourceful and I can get behind that. The school itself seemed really tough and cutthroat until it seemed to lack actual structure. But, I think this stems from skimming over scenes where Scarlett is doing more than attending one or two classes, being yapped at by the most irritating character of all time (*cough*Dalia*cough*), and being pummelled and trained to use her ability. I get that Scarlett and Dalia are special cases, but I think it distracted from the point that they were at WEST POINT by giving them such a large amount of freedom even considering the strength of their powers. Though I really disliked Dalia from the moment she comes on the page, so I'll give on a slight bias there. Kudos for making me loathe someone so completely. As for the remainder of the cast of characters involved, I loved them. There was a great range of diverse characters with personalities that really popped off the page. I want to have a beer with Lucy, cuddle with Vernon, and take midnight walks with Seamus while forcing him to teach me everything he knows.  I think what would have made this so much more enjoyable was if I knew if this was going to be the start of a series. I'm really interested in the High Rollers and think it would have been cool to see what could have happened next.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cesar Leon

    If you need a review in very few words this book is a combination of X-men + very good military movie + troublemaker protagonist (yeah, Ive read similar books,movie,etc) why is good read this book ? this points going to answer that question for a yes or no : - this is a good story for teens or yound adults struggling with responsibilities of the real world because of Scarlett need to play his role in the real world in the moment she leave her home and dont have old frindes, parents or anywant to be If you need a review in very few words this book is a combination of X-men + very good military movie + troublemaker protagonist (yeah, Ive read similar books,movie,etc) why is good read this book ? this points going to answer that question for a yes or no : - this is a good story for teens or yound adults struggling with responsibilities of the real world because of Scarlett need to play his role in the real world in the moment she leave her home and dont have old frindes, parents or anywant to be his support at the start of this new path in his life. . -Scarlett (main character) she has a lot of flaws I can't really get behind her until the last part of the book until her turning point on the last chaprtes of the book. - there are some great reveals and action scenes because you now superpowers and supermilitary people -The prose is not the best , a lot of telling not showing in a action book is not you are looking for that reason i drop this book at least two times before finished.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alysa H.

    Review coming soon. ** I received a Review Copy of this book via NetGalley **

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    This was OK. I had much higher expectations for this and didn't end up loving it. I think it is a great YA urban fantasy/sci-fi book. I just couldn't connect with the characters or the storyline. I felt like the characters were much to immature for my reading tastes and the pacing was too slow for my liking. I think young adult readers will really enjoy this story and really love Scarlett. Scarlett Winter is a selfish, brat who doesn't care about anyone but herself and doesn't care if her actions This was OK. I had much higher expectations for this and didn't end up loving it. I think it is a great YA urban fantasy/sci-fi book. I just couldn't connect with the characters or the storyline. I felt like the characters were much to immature for my reading tastes and the pacing was too slow for my liking. I think young adult readers will really enjoy this story and really love Scarlett. Scarlett Winter is a selfish, brat who doesn't care about anyone but herself and doesn't care if her actions hurt anyone. She doesn't apply herself at school, sports, or pretty much anything even though she is bright, athletic, and compeltely capable. She just doesn't care about anything enough to apply herself. After getting in trouble one to many times, her father is ready to ship her off to the Army. Scarlett wants to go backpacking through Europe instead. This causes yet another family fued, but this time her older brother is involved. Their dad abused Scarlett's brother Dan, who turned the abuse onto her as they got older. This time when Dan starts a fight with Scarlett, she hits him back with more force than should be possible. This isn't the first time Scarlett has done something out of the ordinary. Scarlett decides to lay low after the family fight and crash a friends graduation party when she happens upon and stops a terrorist bombing. Enter Colonel Rhodes from West Point, he is aware that Scarlett may have superhuman or posthuman powers and those powers can be honed at The Point, as secret school with West Point. Scarlett isn't left with many options at this point, take the blame for the bombing or join the Army and learn to control her powers. She chooses door number 2 and becomes a Cadet. Army life does not suit stubborn, outspoken, rebel Scarlett, but she quickly finds her place at The Point with people who understand her. While Scarlett is learning how to harness her powers, there are a rouge group of posthumans that want to eradicate non-posthumans. This part feels kind of rushed at the end of the book, and is very chaotic. The bad guy, Jagger, incites chaos which is part of the action, but it was hard for me to keep track of what was going on. The book takes quite a while to introduce you to Jagger, then it is all over in a few chapters. The buildup was pretty significant for the small amount of action we get. I just wanted more action from a book like this, they spend a lot of time at school training. As far as the book goes, I wanted a little more character development. As I stated earlier, I didn’t connect with any of the characters. I didn’t like Scarlett at all, she was kind of selfish, jerk and while she is the heroine she never really redeems herself in my opinion. I feel like she will always be selfish and disrespectful. There are plenty of side characters, but I needed more from all of them. The plot was decent; I really liked the combination of the military academy with the idea of the posthuman. I think young adult readers will really enjoy this. It has some decent humor and puts a unique spin on super human powers that I haven't read before.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Domenico

    There was some promise in the blurb of this book, which is why I picked it up to read, but then I realized it was just a rehash and remix of a bunch of other stories. *The Point* tells the story of a young adult who is wasting her amazing potential until a dramatic event gives her a choice of either going through a grueling training she doesn’t want or getting a punishment. But as it turns out our reluctant protagonist turns out to be the great promising future for her people, especially since t There was some promise in the blurb of this book, which is why I picked it up to read, but then I realized it was just a rehash and remix of a bunch of other stories. *The Point* tells the story of a young adult who is wasting her amazing potential until a dramatic event gives her a choice of either going through a grueling training she doesn’t want or getting a punishment. But as it turns out our reluctant protagonist turns out to be the great promising future for her people, especially since the vaguely hinted antagonist has the potential power to bring about an apocalypse. That makes our hero the one true future hope. Nevertheless, she must endure antagonism from her jealous classmates as well as incredibly cruel treatment from the teachers she’s supposed to trust. Sound familiar? Yes, *The Point* is a mix of Harry Potter, the Hunger Games, and the Divergent series with an antagonist who is a straight rip-off of Jessica Jones’ Killgrave. The only thing unique here is the setting which is not quite West Point, but a secret alt-version of the Point just for superhumans buried under the real West Point. But it was never adequately explained why this was placed there, why they were training these people to be officers, especially since most of them—apart from their powers—seemed profoundly not to be Army officer material. Then there are the editorial problems. I can only hope that the review copy I read wasn’t the final version because it wasn’t just typos. At one point, several of the characters must have been different genders because, for paragraphs at a time, the wrong pronouns were used. At another point, the author forgot he told us that the character had a pretty good buzz, because then a couple of pages later he tells us that she hasn’t yet got a buzz on. Speaking of which, our protagonist is 18 years old and yet she drinks with no problem in a bar outside of West Point, while the author had just had someone telling another character they couldn’t drink because of being underage. So why could our hero drink? No explanation. Those may seem like minor problems, but they are just a couple examples of the many structural and editing issues with this book. But what most put me off of this book was the incredible casual cruelty. What is it with young adult literature these days that they must always combine world-shattering stakes with incredible cruelty to the protagonist and their companions, not by their enemies, but the people who are supposed to be their mentors. Why can’t we tell smaller stories? Not that there shouldn’t be important stakes, but what about consequences that are important to just, say, the protagonist? Okay, put their life on the line. But why must every story be about an incredibly evil enemy who must be destroyed to save the universe? It gets boring after a while. Bottom line is that *The Point* is not a book I can recommend.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lianne Pheno

    http://delivreenlivres.blogspot.com/2... Une histoire avec un bon pitch et des chouettes promesses mais qui c'est avéré être un peu trop classique et YA à mon gout. Scarlett Winters est une ado perdue dans une famille dysfonctionnelle. Son père bat son frère qui se venge en la frappant à son tour. Malgré tout la situation c'est plus ou moins arrangée depuis quelques années même si le spectre des anciens traumatismes reste bien présent. Jusqu'au jour ou lors de la fête organisée pour la remise des http://delivreenlivres.blogspot.com/2... Une histoire avec un bon pitch et des chouettes promesses mais qui c'est avéré être un peu trop classique et YA à mon gout. Scarlett Winters est une ado perdue dans une famille dysfonctionnelle. Son père bat son frère qui se venge en la frappant à son tour. Malgré tout la situation c'est plus ou moins arrangée depuis quelques années même si le spectre des anciens traumatismes reste bien présent. Jusqu'au jour ou lors de la fête organisée pour la remise des diplômes elle arrête mystérieusement un attentat sous la forme d'une bombe qui avait été plantée au milieu de la foule ... Arrive le Colonel Rhoads qui lui fait un chantage : avec tout son passé de délinquante personne ne voudra croire qu'elle n'avait rien à voir avec la bombe vu qu'elle l'a arrêté de façon "magique" et si il n'intervient pas elle finira surement en prison pour très longtemps. Mais il peut intervenir pour la faire admettre à West Point, une académie militaire qui l'aidera à trouver comment elle a pu arrêter cette bombe, bien sur en acceptant de signer pour 4 années de service dans l'armée après la fin de ses études ... J'arrête le résumé la même si on n'a fait qu'effleurer la vrai situation et l'histoire du livre parce que ça fait déjà long et que ça serait trop complexe de faire le résumé de la suite en moins de 10 lignes. En fait cette histoire n'était pas mauvaise en soi, j'ai passé un bon moment en la lisant, mais j'avais déjà vu tout les éléments avant. C'est une histoire classique de super pouvoirs comme j'ai l'impression d'en avoir déjà lu et vu plein dans les comics américains. Et surtout ce qui m'a moins plu est le fait que 80% du livre n'est en fait qu'une histoire dans une école magique. On a plein de grands ados dysfonctionnels et on essaye de les faire évoluer dans un cadre militaire, le tout en ajoutant des super-pouvoirs. Bien sur que ça créé des soucis, bien sur que certains vont tout faire pour "prendre le pouvoir". Et ce qui m'a embêté c'est que c'est tellement classique qu'on ne comprend pas comment les personnes qui gèrent soit disant cet endroit de main de fer n'arrive pas à remarquer ce genre de choses. Encore plus quand les pouvoirs de certains sont télékinesiques et qu'ils peuvent rendre fous certaines autres personnes sans que personne ne s'en rende compte et puisse rien prouver. Du coup j'étais frustrée de cette évolution, surtout quand on voit les conséquences et qu'on imagine le nombre de victimes innocentes qui ont été envoyé à l’abattoir (au sens propre car quand on parle de super pouvoirs secrets l'armée n'hésite pas à vraiment se débarrasser de ceux qu'elle jugent trop dangereux) car elles avaient "pété les plombs sans raison". Non vraiment, cette situation était à la fois trop classique et trop malsaine pour moi, elle m'a plus énervé qu'autre chose. En fait au final l'intrigue principale du livre ne portait même pas la dessus, et finalement je pense que le problème de ce livre était surtout qu'il y avait trop d'idées dans le même livre. A la fin il y a un sentiment d'inachevé, on a laissé en plan pas mal de sujets qui étaient importants 10 pages avant. Après rien ne dit que ce livre ne sera pas le premier d'une série et que justement il remettra tout ça en place, mais pour l'instant je n'ai rien vu qui l'indiquait. 15/20

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chris Bauer

    I really wanted to enjoy this novel more than I did. And I hate writing GR reviews like this one. The premise was new and exciting with themes squarely in my wheelhouse. The attention, detail and spirit in which the author writes about West Point is moving, regardless of what one may think of the Armed Forces in general. The writing, overall, was good - not great. Which is fine considering this is not going for high literature. Just telling an interesting and compelling story. The protagonist is a I really wanted to enjoy this novel more than I did. And I hate writing GR reviews like this one. The premise was new and exciting with themes squarely in my wheelhouse. The attention, detail and spirit in which the author writes about West Point is moving, regardless of what one may think of the Armed Forces in general. The writing, overall, was good - not great. Which is fine considering this is not going for high literature. Just telling an interesting and compelling story. The protagonist is a little two dimensional and the other characters in the work, with few exceptions are background details. There is a character for every stereotype - which lessened the experience for me. But there were simply too many plot holes for me to truly enjoy myself. Too many coincidences which destroyed the illusion of belief. I got the sense that the book might have benefited from an additional editorial pass or two. And odd authorial choices were made, or at least I haven't figured the meaning behind them: - several chapters detail POV from characters of little consequence or don't show up again until the end when we've already forgotten who they are. - very limited setting. 80% of the story takes place in the same location. Gets old quickly. - odd character interactions and "revelations" - as I recall reading the novel, there is like zero diversity in the pages save one character. And the biggest problem I had with the work was a single scene which involved our protagonist and her telekinetic boyfriend in the classroom. No spoilers here, but it left me a little sick to my stomach. Even now a week later, I'm puzzled by the choice. Even worse, once the incident takes place it is forgotten and never addressed again in the work, I think. That alone knocked off at least 1.5 stars in my opinion. In summary, a unique and interesting premise which is held back by tropes, convention and odd authorial choices.

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