Forbidden Playground by S.B.K. Burns
An alien –human hybrid who just wants to be a normal girl, a boy who would do anything for her, and androids trying to keep them apart; what could go wrong? In S.B.K. Burn’s world, plenty! Trouble ensues as two teens struggle to find their place in the world while coming to grips with who and what they really are.
Publisher’s Description: Part human. Part alien. Being superhuman doesn’t make them immune to love. Or to heartbreak.
Akeelah never asks to be different. She sure doesn’t ask to be a hybrid. She doesn’t want to be a psychic orbweaver like her people—able to create new worlds with only a thought.
She. Just. Wants. To. Be. A. Girl. More precisely, Saffron’s girl.
Saffron’s her best friend, a hybrid like her—and hot. Being superhuman doesn’t make him immune to love. Or heartbreak. His one focus—Akeelah.
Coming into their powers and against the wishes of their android guardians, together Akeelah and Saffron practice their psychic skills.
Because of the dangers of orbweaving, the guardians they trust take Akeelah away, zap her memory.
Saffron can’t live without Akeelah. All he wants is her memory restored, so she knows she’s in love with him.
But trust is rare in a world full of deception, androids, and aliens—even when two people love each other.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Luna Lovebooks says…
While this book was often confusing (more on that later) I think the idea behind this story is neat. Aliens come to Earth and mix with humans to save their race. For the two main characters, Akeelah and Saffron, it is almost a coming of age story as they learn who they are and what they can do. Akeelah is a bit naïve but I love her tenacity to go under cover as a boy to discover what her father – and I use the term father loosely here – is up to. Saffron comes off as a bit of a horn dog, but his willingness to mentor the other young boys like himself and his ability to control himself around Akeelah redeems him a little bit. Red, at first, appears to be the bad guy causing the hybrids to lose their focus and thus control. However he turns out to actually want to help the hybrids.
I did enjoy the characters and normally sci-fi is no problem for me, but this novel is very confusing! Throw in alien hybrids, androids, government agents, African albinos, world jumping, creating worlds with just a thought, actual aliens, as well as telepathy, sex, conspiracy groups, gangs and the confusion the characters themselves feel and it is almost too much for one novel. I do think the idea is a good one but I also feel there was too much going on and parts of the story got lost. Only when Akeelah goes undercover and finds Saffron do things sort of fall into place and become a little bit clearer. Sex seems to play an important role in the story but I found it actually distracted from it, the way everyone was obsessing over it. I was also unclear on how the Tanzanian gangs hunting albinos really played into the story. I normally like science fiction, but this book wasn’t really my cup of tea, so because of that I give it a two.
If you like this book…
If you enjoy science fiction books about aliens check out the classic War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. If you believe aliens are among us try Stephanie Meyers’ The Host, and if alien romance is your thing look into the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout!