Tonight I realized that semifinalists got Publishers Weekly reviews, too. Here mine. I like it!
ABNA Publishers Weekly Reviewer
Strong characters and a tight plot bring this victims-take-down-a-mad-scientist yarn to life. Eighteen-year-old Jake's twin brother, Gabriel, has been housed in a mental hospital since an accident at age nine damaged his brain. Tough, remorseless Amnesia is sentenced to death after killing a cashier in an armed robbery. Terra, a scientist who has discovered a revolutionary garbage-eating fungus, is unable to move or speak after an attack by her jealous and money-hungry employer, Dr. Burlington. That a sinister Dr. Ryder will be the thread connecting the three stories is telegraphed almost immediately, and so when she appears with a notepad (in Amnesia's case) and an “offer [Jake] can't refuse” (in the twins'), an ominous tension has already built. Mind-reading is Ryder's field, and details about electrical signals and virtual reality games make her work seem plausible. What results is a dramatic, high-stakes contest to see who can use the technology most to their own advantage: the “good guys,” communicating telepathically and extracting plans and pass-codes from their captors' minds, or Ryder and Burlington, listening in on the mental chatter and torturing those with whom their victims connect. A final battle rages on Kaho'olawe, a Hawaiian island littered with unexploded bombs, until every loose end is tied up. Excellent entertainment with provocative questions about science and the human brain.