Eric Horton sees fire.
When he sleeps, he dreams of a world screaming in the midst of devastating explosions. These dreams terrify him, and as more strange happenings unfold around him, he’s unable to shake the feeling that what he’s seeing isn’t just a dream.
When a new student, Renee, appears in his science class, he could swear he’s known her forever. But how could that be? As they get to know each other, he meets her father, who explains the experiments he’s been conducting involving “the Universal Energy Field” and “Collective Consciousness”—two things Eric has never heard of before. They seem to be tied to the idea that we are all connected by the same energy and are all more powerful than we realize. Eric begins to learn more about these groundbreaking concepts—but can they be real?
As his life continues to shift and his knowledge of the Field increases, Eric will be tested beyond anything he’s experienced before. He must decide whether he believes in that part of himself which ties him to the world around him, and he must access it – or lose everything he’s been working to keep.
“Readers will appreciate the fast-paced, compelling drama. A good choice for people who hope there’s more to space than space”.
~ Kirkus Reviews
“The lines between science and science fiction blur when Eric Horton gets the starting keeper position on his school’s soccer team. This novel makes a valiant effort to present broadly abstract scientific concepts in a largely metaphysical way, making its protagonist open to the possibilities of such phenomena even though he is actively experiencing it. Readers may find the philosophical musings interesting, and Eric’s romance with Renee definitely makes the story more dramatic and complex.”
~ School Library Journal
The Field is a compellingly honest slice of life with fully dimensional characters whose struggles and triumphs matter and touch you deeply. Richardson is a worthy heir to Madeleine L’Engle, whose 1962 fantasy fiction novel, A Wrinkle in Time, introduced serious scientific concepts in a book for young adults, and to boot placed a girl in the center of the story. While L’Engle unfolds concepts of space and time and thrusts her characters into an unknown fifth-dimension, Richardson’s characters physically stay put yet intellectually travel beyond ordinary consciousness to delve into concepts of dark energy, collective [un]consciousness and universal energy fields. ~ 4 Stars
~ Rita Kohn, NUVO Newsweekly
“A combination of the real world of soccer and the mystical world of the Universal Energy Field. This is a very imaginative novel.”
~ Bookviews by Alan Caruba
“The idea behind THE FIELD is a brilliant blend of soccer, science and fiction. True-to-life characters, contemporary environmental issues, and engaging metaphysical principals skirt the edges of science fiction and magical realism in this modern coming-of-age novel.”
~Laurie Gray, award-winning author of Maybe I Will and Summer Sanctuary
“The Field is an electrifying …[and] imaginative book full of action and mystery. I liked that the author blended a believable story about a regular high school boy with just enough sci-fi to make it enjoyable. … if you are a soccer fan who also likes a little bit of sci-fi, this book might be for you.”
“The Field plunges the reader into the realistic world of high school soccer and the mystical world of the Universal Energy Field–an intriguing combination.”
~Judith L. Roth, author of SERENDIPITY AND ME
“Sports, science, paranormal activity and strong realistic teenage characters, male and female. There is nothing not to like about this book.”
Ann Jones, Goodreads Reviewer
“”The Field” by Tracy Richardson is a first-reads due out in October of 2013, and it is an amazing combination of a clean cut, coming of age soccer athlete with a hint of a precognition type trait mixed in with educational science, scientific experimentation based in factual past practices mostly during war times, and a little magic and mysticism all rolled into one. Overall, I really liked The Field by Tracy Richardson and enjoyed so many different aspects of the story, even the fact that I can say that the cover on the ARC copy of the book is derived from page 154. That is so awesome.”
~ CJ, Goodreads reviewer