All Sam could hear was the screaming, and the screaming was all in his head. He knew that, because, as it woke him, he had covered his ears. But it hadn’t helped – they were still crying screaming, shrieking, and wailing. He had tried screaming, too, and while he had heard it inside his mind just like the other voices, what scared him the most was that he had not heard it on the outside as well. He realized at that point that, aside from what echoed loudly through his brain, all that he had was silence. He clutched at his ears, clawed at his bed, and as he hyperventilated,
everything went black. When he opened his eyes again, for the second time that morning, he felt a firm grip on his arm.
Excerpt from Fervon
The novel is speculative fiction, a dark fantasy/science fiction crossover piece with elements of horror. In the story, the main character, Sam, wakes up to discover that the 300 children on the island of Fervor have been abandoned by all of their adult minders and teachers, and that the majority of them are now connected by a telepathic link, known as the connection. To make matters worse, they are led by children who refer to themselves as Tellers to a huge gathering, where they are introduced
to their “house-families,” a group of other children with varying talents. They are made aware of how their new talents work, and receive instructions from the Tellers in the “Directives,” a set of rules that they will now be forced to follow. They also eventually realize that they have stopped aging.
Sam finds himself victim of bullying and mental domination within his house family, but settles into an uncomfortable routine,
nevertheless. All of this is thrown into turmoil when he and two house mates are contacted by a strange man, Elliot Masterson, who brings with him a magical device, the Languorite – a device that may prove to be their key to freedom as it influences their talents and causes them to age again.