Easton, Tom Seven Second Delay, 220 p. Holiday House, 2014. Language: PG-13 (30+ swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG-13 (beatings, shootings, bombs).
Mila, 17, has been trained by Julian to mimic a Citizen, but when the two making the daring crossing, Julian dies and now Mila is on her own, with a deadly secret in her brain that she didn’t even know existed. She has already been fitted with an applicant phone – one that slaves what she sees and accesses to the phone controlled by one of the agents – which includes a seven second delay for privacy and modesty. When the government decides that killing Mila is the best way to deal with whatever is in her head, she uses her brain, her skills, and that pesky delay in order to escape and to keep just seven seconds ahead of the authorities.
While there is not much in terms of plot, there is certainly heaping quantities of action. For your students who adore high adrenalin action books, this will be a hit.
MS, HS – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Middle School Librarian, MLS