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Reviewed by Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite
The Hatch by Michelle Saftich follows the life of Britta Tate, who has psychic abilities that even she is still learning about. Her mother worked for an organization called EASA, and she disappeared when Britta was still a child. When her brother also disappears while working for the same organization, she and the rest of her family have understandable fears when she is recruited as well. After years with EASA and with the training she has accomplished, she continues to search for her brother using her abilities. But why can’t she find him? And when more and more things are revealed, she not only has to save her brother, but she finds herself having to step up to save her entire planet.
In this sci-fi adventure, we are introduced to a futuristic world to which readers will surprisingly relate. There are organizations and leaders we may not always agree with, but sometimes we have to rely on them for the resources they provide. Britta is also very relatable. At heart, she is just a girl who misses her mom and wants to do everything she can to save her brother from the same fate as her mom. What I also really loved about this story is the world that was created. We are familiar with Earth, but we also get visions of traveling through space and this other planet that we can only dream of. I just really enjoyed being able to immerse myself in a fictional world that didn’t seem so fictional. And the plot! I went through a rollercoaster of emotions, especially toward the end. I found myself smiling from ear to ear, and I also found myself wanting to scream with rage. And if a book can make me feel any emotion that strongly, I know it’s a good one. So, I must thank Michelle Saftich for writing The Hatch and making me want more and more of it.