Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 14 to 18
- Grade: 6 to 7
Caitlyn is a telepath in a world where that is illegal. She is on the run from government troopers, trying to stay hidden and alive—and trying to help make the world a better place for others with paranormal talents.
As a child, Caitlyn watched as an angry mob killed her father, murdering him for being a Para. Since then, she and her mother have been on the run from government troopers, and constantly searching for her missing brother who disappeared during the riots. When Caitlyn starts at a new high school she thinks she will have to do what she's always done—blend in as best as she can, and never, ever let anyone know she's a Para who is able to read people's thoughts.
But when Caitlyn meets Alex, an attractive fellow swimmer, and Rachel, one of her first true friends, she finds herself not wanting to hide any more. All the while, government troopers are closing in, and someone is killing Paras, draining them of their life energy. Caitlyn knows that she doesn't have much time before her identity is discovered. Ultimately, she must make the decision whether to save herself or save the whole human race.
About the author
Cheryl Rainfield is the author of the novels Scars and Hunted. A survivor of abuse, she often draws upon her own experience in her intense and highly charged fiction, heralding the strength and courage of ordinary people. She lives in Toronto, Canada. Visit her website at www.cherylrainfield.com.
"Cheryl Rainfield writes a masterful dystopian fantasy novel with a gripping plot that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. The story is well written and steadily paced. . . This is a marvelous read for those teens who loved The Hunger Games."
"Cheryl Rainfield has provided young adults with an outstanding science fiction novel...It is a novel full of tension and suspense as the action begins on the first page and keeps pressing right until the end...Caitlyn is a strong female protagonist who never loses sight of what she must do to not only save her fellow Paras from destruction but also to save all of the Normals who are sympathizers for her cause. ... Hunted is not the science fiction of spaceships and aliens but something much more subtle and so close to realistic that it is frightening. Perhaps there are no Paras in society as we know it, but we still struggle with people who are seen to be somehow different from societal norms... Rainfield asks many tough questions, but deciding what you truly believe in and then being willing to stand up and fight for it is the real centrepiece of this novel
— CM Magazine
HuntedCaitlyn is a Paranormal — she can hear others’ thoughts and sense their emotions — and that’s illegal, so Caitlyn and her mom are on the run. Desperately searching for Caitlyn’s brother, who went missing during the anti-Para Riots, Caitlyn keeps her distance from others and pretends to be Normal. As new threats to Paranormals emerge, Caitlyn must decide if playing it safe is her only option.
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Spring, 2012.