I feel the blurb for this book is misleading. It was like when you see a preview for a movie and think, "Gee, I'd like to see that," then you do, and basically all the interesting parts were in the preview and the rest is boring. I was expecting a paranormal action thriller, and this is definitely not in that category. (An example would be the movie for "The Bridge to Terabithia". I was unaware of the book. Based on the movie previews, and expecting a fantasy type story, I took my kids to see it. We were all very disappointed and annoyed.)
The author is a very talented writer. It is a pity he wasted that talent on this book.
I read this all the way through, though it does drag on. I did not like the main character, in fact, I thought he was an idiot. I kind of wonder if he's something of a knockoff of Holden Caulfield (I've never read Catcher in the Rye, but I've read one or two synopses, and I feel like there is a similarity here).
I did like the character of Emery and I rather wish the story had been written from her point of view. I can't imagine what she saw in Arson, he isn't good enough for her.
Finally, during the last 10% or so of the book, something actually happens. Another reviewer made comparisons to Stephen King's Carrie (I'm not much of a Stephen King fan, but I've read this one), and I'd have to concur. It's sort of Carrie, crossed with Firestarter.
Why did I read it all the way through? I wanted to find out what Emery's reaction would be to Arson's ability, that was the only thing that kept me going, it certainly wasn't any sense of identification with the main character. Having finished this one, I doubt I would be interested in reading the other books in the series, and despite the author's talent, I'd be hesitant to read anything else by him.