Tunnel Vision by Susan Adrian
THE GOVERNMENT GETS WHAT THE GOVERNMENT WANTS.
Interests/Topics: conspiracy, superpowers, government agencies, spies, secrets, lies, survival
Curriculum Connections: English, Political Science
Blurb: I used to think that if I could have any superpower I’d want to be able to fly. How cool would that be? I’d love to soar around in the quiet and stillness of the sky while the earth bustled beneath me. It would be great for getting around, and spying.
But now I think that flying is too slow. I’ve decided that my dream superpower is to do instant travel. You know, like Samantha in Bewitched. She’d snap her fingers, twitch her nose, and instantly be transported to a new location. Or like Harry Potter and the Floo Powder. Poof! I’d love that. No more airports, no more flight delays, no more sitting next to gross smelly people on planes. Awesome.
The problem with superpowers is that they come with consequences. One, I’d never be able to tell anybody about it because, 2) then others would think I’m a freak or worse, 3) I could be used as a weapon for agencies needing the type of intelligence I could provide.
Take Jake, in Tunnel Vision, for example. No one but his father knows that he can “tunnel” into people’s minds. All he needs is a personal object from someone and he can see through their eyes, read their thoughts, and experience their emotions. It’s a pretty neat trick until the U.S. government finds out about it.
Now Jake is forced to tunnel terrorists, victims, and fugitives. He witnesses frightening events and begins suffering crippling headaches. The most horrible fact of all, however, is when Jake realizes that they will never, ever let him go.
He should have just kept his mouth shut.
Flavour: “I don’t remember the first time I tunneled. When I was little it used to happen all the time, accidently. Random images, sounds, emotions would flick through me when I touched things. I thought it was normal. I learned quickly which things not to touch, what I didn’t want to feel. Things from dead people, mostly. I do remember the first time I did it on purpose.” (61)
“I guess it’s all part of Operation Big Fat Lies, and they’ll be plenty more lies and secrets where that came from. I’d better get used to it….I have to be more aware of what I say. I wonder if it will ever settle down and get less complicated, or if it will just keep piling up, lie after lie after lie, until I don’t know what I’m saying anymore. It’s almost a reprieve to head out to the cemetery with Eric. It’s simple. He knows who I am, what I can do.” (108)
“I take a breath. I can do this. The new Jake. Cold, hard, manipulative liar. Play by their game, their rules—none—and beat them at it. It’s the only thing that will get me out.” (167)