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Triskellion - Will Peterson In the midst of the parents' ugly divorce, fourteen year old twins Adam and Rachel Newman are sent to their mother's home village in Great Britain to stay with their grandmother, but Triskellion proves to be no safe harbor amidst the storm. From the moment of their arrival the twins are treated with suspicion and hostility, with every building in town marked by a strange "symbol of three intersecting crescents forming a continuous pointed clover leaf, bound by a large circle." It is from this symbol (a triskellion) that the village takes its name.

Essentially cut off from civilization with no telephone, internet and hardly any television, the village's deepens further after the pair meets Gabriel - a boy their age who seems to vanish at will. When a communiqué of the local beekeeper shines thrusts the isolated hamlet into the spotlight, Adam and Rachel discover there's more than a town's secret at stake as their entire world is rocked to its foundation.

Rough opinion: Will Peterson makes his young adult debut with a page-turning, nail-biting, two-for-one special. Part paranormal, part mystery, TRISKELLION is unlike any other book in its genre. Peterson explores legends of the past, the psychic connection between twins, archaeology, and prophecy in one fell swoop. While I still don't understand the significance of the bees, or how they're tied to certain characters' psychic abilities, and I was somewhat disappointed to find more questions than answers at the end, TRISKELLION kept me up for three nights straight, desperate to find out what happened. Good thing there's a sequel.

Originally written for and posted at TeensReadToo.