The Urban Boys
K. N. Smith
The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses is an action-adventure story about five teen boys who are mysteriously exposed to a foreign energy source that gives them extremely heightened senses. Sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell become hypersensitive gifts that forever change the world!
The story chronicles their effortless interrelations and later exposes the testing of their deep bonds, and introduces the reader to an array of supporting characters who alter the boys’ lives forever. The Urban Boys offers young and mature readers central themes of loyalty, responsibility, honesty, fear, and triumph, which become artfully integrated with cinematic-level action and high drama.
We wonder, will they pass the test of fate, and will each of us pass the test of our very own lives? Intriguing, intelligent, and full of action, The Urban Boys offers a memorable, emotion-packed, thrilling ride for traditional and digital readers of all ages! (first in a series)
About the Author
K.N. Smith is an American author and passionate advocate of childhood and family literacy programs throughout the world. She continues to inspire students of all ages to reach their highest potential in their literary and educational pursuits. Her creative, lyrical flair sweeps across pages that twist, turn, and grind through elements of paranormal and action-adventure in diverse, exciting, edge-of-your-seat narratives. She lives with her family in California.
Five boys, best friends in their last years of high school, enter the woods after an epic football game. They do not emerge the same as they entered. Something has changed them, heightening one of the five senses for each teen. They are connected like never before, united by fate to fight the forces of evil. But even fate and brotherhood may not be able to keep them together under the mounting stress and danger.
The Urban Boys was interesting. It focused on the friendship of the boys more than on the dangers they faced. It went into detail about their friendships with each other and their relationships within their families, including information about some tragic events in some of their lives. I enjoyed seeing the camaraderie they shared.
The danger was a part of their lives though. An unnatural force gave them their abilities and called them to their heroic duties every night. Fate was often referenced. Each evening the boys traveled to the neighboring city, which reminded me of Gotham City as it was dark, creepy, and overrun with evil forces. They battled the thugs in the city in order to rescue the few helpless citizens that remained. As the story progressed, everything began to mount to a final, epic battle that did not disappoint.
In contrast, the small town the boys lived in was picture perfect. Everyone knew everyone else and there was virtually no crime. It seemed like a wonderful place to live. The author went into great detail describing parts of it, especially the mysterious forest.
In fact, the author was extremely descriptive throughout the novel. Every sentence was flowery and filled with a myriad of words to describe everything in detail. The first few chapters, too, were spent merely in descriptions of each of the five boys’ families – their parents’ and siblings ages, careers, and relationships with the main characters. The book was slow to begin with and had so much description as to be irritating at times. I also think the characters could have been developed a little better. But I still enjoyed the story, the setting, and the friendships.
I would recommend this book to teens who enjoy superhero-type stories.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.