The LA Teen Author Series returns to Central Library on Saturday, February 14 at 2pm with a panel of authors that includes Susan Adrian (Tunnel Vision), April Lindner (Love, Lucy), Jennifer Niven (All the Bright Places), Amy Talkington (Liv, Forever), and Sandra Waugh (Lark Rising). Copies of their books will be available for sale and signing courtesy of the Library Store.
Inspired by the spy adventure show Chuck, Susan Adrian’s debut novel, Tunnel Vision centers around an ordinary 18-year-old boy with an extraordinary superpower that’s irresistible to the government.
You see, Jake Lukin can “tunnel.” When he holds a personal object, he can transport himself into the owner’s innermost thoughts. He can see, hear, and feel what they do. For the agents at DARPA, the CIA, and the FBI, Jake’s abilities mean the ability to track down terrorists or kidnap victims in moments.
But the longer Jake works for DARPA, the more he begins to suspect they’re not the good guys, and with the help of his fugitive grandfather, begins to plot an escape.
Tunnel Vision is an action-packed spy thriller with a clever protagonist, genuinely menacing bad guys, and a fascinating superpower. School Library Journal writes, “This YA novel is a heart-racing thriller set at full throttle from the opening page, and it never decelerates. Fans of Cory Doctorow and Anthony Horowitz will consume this title with a passion and will excitedly anticipate a sequel.”
We recently sat down with Susan to talk about her own secret superpowers and the advice she’d offer her teenage self. Here’s what she had to say:
If you could go back in time, what advice on love and friendship would you give to your teen self?
Hang in there! You really don't have to have a boyfriend or even wonderful friendships now. That really will all come later if you tough it out--you'll find your tribe, and your family. Believe it or not, you actually get married and have a child and everything! Don't worry.
If you could be any Shakespearean character, who would you pick?
Puck! I would really love to mess with people like that, just for a night. In fact, I keep playing with the idea of doing a story about a modern-day Puck...
What makes you laugh the loudest?
Usually when my daughter and I are hanging out being goofy, and we get into that laugh-so-hard-you-can't-breathe mode. I love it.
What is your secret superpower?
Tunneling--it's all true! Ha, not really. My secret power is being able to see behind the scenes to get a hint of what's really going on with people, especially people interacting with each other. But that's mostly just from a lifetime of people-watching. If I could HAVE any superpower, it would be instantly traveling anywhere in the world. I love travel, but I hate the tedious process of getting there.