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"Delightful science fiction"

Spontaneous combustion is happening to teens all over America, burning from the inside out. The government has a special black ops unit called Code Blue that is studying the problem but they have no idea how to stop it from happening. All the government knows is that teens combust on or around their fifteenth birthday.

Jimmy Somerset is a seventeen-year-old who has been in and out of foster homes all his life. His latest home is good for him and he has a job he loves. However, high school bullies won't leave him alone. One day they go too far and Jimmy causes permanent physical damage on his tormentor. He is given the option of going into the government- sponsored program TRACE or Juvenile hall. He picks TRACE not knowing he will be placed in a unit mentored by Code Blue who thinks he is the key to getting the answers to dead teens.

This is one novel where the government does not behave like an impersonal robot but as a group of caring individuals that deal with a complex problem of epic and international proportions. The children in TRACE are cared for and getting the treatment they need even if they don't know what is really going on around them. STRANGER INSIDE is a science fiction novel that keeps readers guessing until the very last paragraph.

Harriet Klausner

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 15, 2003

SUMMARY

From the author of The Omega Game... There's something inside Jimmy-and it's burning to get out...

For five years, Nate Adriano has been on the most bizarre case he's ever encountered, a situation hidden by the government. Fifteen teenagers have died, seemingly from internally generated fires. But one teenager, Jimmy Somerset has all the symptoms, yet has defied the odds-and may hold the answer to what exactly is inside.

 

Stranger Inside
by Steven Krane

Daw Books
February 1, 2003
ISBN #0756401283
448 pages
Paperback
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