"Eighteen-year-old Julianne De Marchi is different. She has an electrical undercurrent beneath her skin that stings and surges like a live wire. She can use it; to spark a fire, maybe even end a life; but she doesn't understand what it is. She can barely control it, especially when she's anxious. Ryan Walsh was on track for a stellar football career when his knee blew out. Now he's a soldier; part of an experimental privatised military unit that has identified Jules De Marchi as a threat. Is it because of the weird undercurrent she's tried so hard to hide? Or because of her mother Angie's history as an activist against bio-engineering and big business? It's no coincidence that Ryan and Jules are in the same place at the same time; he's under orders to follow her, after all. But then an explosive attack on a city building by an unknown enemy throws them together in the most violent and unexpected way." -- Provided by publisher.
The Rephaim series was groundbreaking for fantasy young adult literature, much in the same way that Melina Marchetta brought Australian young adult contemporary to the world. The Undercurrent is no exception. A captivating and consuming science fiction narrative anchored within an innovative Australian environment.