Series: Encounters #1
Author: Perie Wolford
Pages: 146 (Kindle)
Release Date: February 23, 2015
Purchase: Amazon•TBD (affiliate link)
It's time to face the unknown...
In an attempt to prove it to the world that crop circles are man-made and aliens don’t really exist, Ricky and his team of young enthusiasts (including one particular enthusiast, Josh, who is hopelessly in love with Ricky) start falsifying the phenomenon by creating their own crop circles. Their endeavors prove successful, pretty much so, but only until the day when Ricky sees his unique circle design replicated throughout the country by the force unknown.
Encounter was pretty fun, but it ended right when the action was starting! Josh and Ricky are best friends and run a website with a couple of other friends. Their site focuses on debunking the myth of crop circles, by creating their own on local farms and documenting the process. In order to up their game, Josh begins filming them as they create the crop circles, since photos are easily faked. They’ve also gained the attention of an intern who’s studying crop circles and why people are so ready to believe it’s aliens. But when they finish their most elaborate design yet, something strange happens.
I liked Encounter a lot. I loved the idea of a group of college kids trespassing on farms and designing crop circles. The story is told from the POV of Josh’s camera, although that’s not always clear. The beginning of the chapters set the stage, but from there it read like a normal dual POV (Josh and Ricky). Like I said, the action really starts at the end. Ricky’s latest design shows up on two other fields the same night that his team set up theirs! Is it aliens?! Did Emily the intern sell them out?! What’s really going on here?! Of course, I can’t tell you that, but it was getting quite exciting and then just ended.
Encounter also has a cute romance. Josh and Ricky both have feelings for the other but are afraid to say anything as they don’t want to ruin the friendship. There’s plenty of lingering glances and lustful thoughts. And they both try to make the other jealous by flirting with Emily! Just say how you feel! Of course, the adrenaline rush toward the end causes feelings to be expressed, and Josh and Ricky actually talk about what’s going on with them. The romance is certainly not the focus, but I enjoyed it as well.