Expelled from high school months shy of graduation — her acceptance to Columbia revoked due to vigilante justice gone awry — Kassandra Black is sent to work in her great-uncle Brian’s lab at Henley University. She’s helping with his HEAR (Henley Engineering Anomalies Research) program, and hopefully getting him to put in a good word for her to attend Henley instead. She’s got to go somewhere, after all.
But as she gets to know the other HEAR students, it becomes clear that she overlooked the “Anomalies” part of their acronym — these kids are here to help Brian run experiments that gauge ESP capacity. They’ve each been selected and recruited, including, to her astonishment, Kass herself. But ESP? She doesn’t buy any of it. And even if it were real, she definitely isn’t psychic.
Yet with each new test, she finds herself more frightened. Kass really can communicate telepathically; she can even glimpse the future. When one of her fellow HEAR students is murdered, Kass must try to forget everything she knows about herself and her family and learn to trust those who share her remarkable gift.
Robin Epstein teaches sitcom writing at NYU. Lead writer on several video games, Robin has also written for The New York Times and is a contributor to This American Life. Her previous young adult novel, God Is in the Pancakes, was selected for the New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award Master List. She lives in New York City.