The Wolfe Experiment by R.W. Adams, 288 pages, March 23rd, 2017, Genre: Psychic/Suspense. Warning: May Contain Spoilers.
by Leigh Holland
The Wolfe Experiment by R.W. Adams is a suspenseful tale of survival and psychic ability. Written in third person omniscient point of view, we’re shown an aggressive, corrupt world in which only those who have the most destructive weapons matter and decent people are merely tools for those who govern them. This corruption is made possible by those among the masses who support it and those who are indifferent to it, as well as those who individually choose to join corrupt forces for their own ends.
The Wolfes, a married couple doing scientific research into pharmaceuticals to treat bipolar in children, slide down that slippery slope of doing some evil to effect a greater good. However, this is merely what they tell themselves to be able to sleep at night. In truth, they are obsessed with completing their research and will do anything to see it to its fruition. When they cannot acquire young enough subjects for their trials, they experiment on their own children; Ethan from age three and Tilly from birth. However, they no longer seek to treat bipolar kids. Instead, they stumbled on a far more miraculous effect of the drugs they created and seek to perfect them. Tilly falls asleep on a car ride during which Ethan is supposed to keep her awake. Her power activates in her sleep, causing massive damage and killing their parents in a car accident. The siblings are moved around to various homes in the social services system. At each one, an incident occurs due to their psychic abilities, and their worker Sarah must find a new home for them. After a particular incident, the military decides it wants its ‘weapons’ back, as they are a product of their funding of their deceased parents’ research. A cat and mouse race ensues as the kids are on the streets and on the run from the military and its researchers.
This story is tragic. The novel jumps between different scenes in their lives until it reaches its inevitable conclusion. I couldn’t help but feel sadness and sympathy for these children and root for them to find a place where they would find love, security, happiness, and peace. At the same time, I recognized that innocents were being harmed each step of the way as they were forced to survive alone or fight against the aggressors. I often wondered how differently things may have been for them if enough people had known, had cared, and had intervened.
The plot was straightforward but intriguing. Characters were believable, having their own personal or professional motivations. The book was well-written. I enjoyed the storytelling style, especially in regard to showing facets in the lives of the siblings in a more relevant order than strict chronology. I’d recommend this book to those who enjoy science fiction and suspense.
This book can be found at Amazon at The Wolfe Experiment.