Book Review: The Girl with the Lightning Brain: Lightning Brain Series (Book 1)

Title: The Girl with the Lightning Brain: Lightning Brain Series (Book 1)
Series Name: Lightning Brain
Author: Cliff Ratza
Pages: 619
Publisher: PageTurner Press and Media
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐✨

Cliff Ratza characterizes himself as a “simple scholar,” having parlayed multiple degrees (math and physics, business and computer science) into a business career spanning numerous jobs, companies, and industries. He grew up in Chicago, graduated from top Illinois universities, then launched his business career. He returned to Chicago, where he teaches at several universities while continuing to work for corporations. He subsequently started a sales and marketing consulting business, and most recently added a writing career to his resume.

Cliff has written extensively throughout his career. He has published articles in four professional journals, writes copy for client Websites, and develops press releases or newsletters for client customers. Cliff dedicates the series to readers everywhere and invites them to visit the “Lightning Brain” Website, to learn more about the books or enter reader contests.

“Electra is exceptional. She knows that. And she also knows her extraordinary abilities – the paranormal aftermath of a near-death experience at birth – are secrets that must never be revealed. Her life depends on it.

So begins chapter one in book one of the ground-breaking “Lightning Brain” action-adventure series that extrapolates the latest science, political intrigue, and contemporary lifestyles while tracing the twists and turns in the life of Electra “Kit” Kittner. She grows up in a frightened, intolerant America threatened by “Techno-Plague” and Middle East Terrorism. The action builds relentlessly, from lighter childhood adventures to darker realities caused by America’s threats that are exacerbated by a harsh government that would treat her badly if it were to discover what she is. Electra is more than up to the challenge, choosing a career path on which she fights these existential problems.

In a world ravaged by the Techno-plague, where governments struggle to maintain control, and terror groups threaten global stability, “The Girl with the Lightning Brain” emerges as a dystopian masterpiece that left me utterly captivated.

What sets this book apart is the sheer intensity of emotions it evokes. From the very first page, I was immersed in a world where technology, once a symbol of progress, had become a curse. The author’s ability to create a bleak yet eerily plausible future is nothing short of remarkable. The atmosphere in the book is thick with tension and despair, making it impossible to look away.

The titular character, the girl with the lightning brain, is a beacon of hope in this dark world. Her journey is a rollercoaster of emotions, and I couldn’t help but feel a deep connection to her. Her determination and courage in the face of overwhelming odds are both inspiring and relatable. As the story unfolds, you’ll find yourself rooting for her with every turn of the page.

What I appreciated most about this book is its ability to provoke thought. It forces readers to confront the consequences of our ever-increasing reliance on technology and the fragile nature of societal structures. It’s a stark reminder that progress comes at a price, and the choices we make today can shape the future in ways we may not anticipate.

After finishing “The Girl with the Lightning Brain,” I couldn’t shake the feeling of awe it left me with. It’s a story that lingers in your mind, making you ponder the world we live in and the paths we’re taking. It’s a stark reminder that even in the darkest of times, there’s always a glimmer of hope if we dare to embrace change and fight for a better future.

In conclusion, this is a compelling, thought-provoking read that will leave you breathless and contemplative. It’s a testament to the power of storytelling and its ability to shed light on the human condition, even in the bleakest of circumstances. If you’re looking for a book that will challenge your thinking and stir your emotions, this is a must-read.

Book Series Link: Lightning Brain (5 book series)
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