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When the Divine Are Dead
Hi! I'm E.K. Barnes and here's what you missed in When the Divine Are Dead.
The book opens with Bradley's five-year-old brother being shot by his best friend. Despite this, Bradley ends up saving his friend's life, keeping the casualties of the school shooting at zero. However, Bradley's brother Jesse is rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery where it is discovered he has a heart tumor that is completely inoperable. For the next month, Jesse is under hospital care until he inevitably passes away. Bradley's friend Olga reveals at Jesse's funeral that Chad, the shooter, has DID. This is, unfortunately, a cliché representation of dissociative identity disorder, but that is beside the point, since Bradley decides he doesn't believe her. Olga ends up traveling to another state in the summer for some kind of troubled teens program. We don't see her again for the rest of the book. Meanwhile, Bradley's family decides to move for the fourth time in his life. They begin planning their move from the northern suburbs of Chicago to the east side of Indianapolis. While the family is in packing mode, Bradley's sister Rebecca turns ten years old. This wouldn't be a big deal except for the fact that Bradley's family comes from a very special race of people called the 'diviners,' where children receive their powers at age ten. Rebecca conjures a replica of their dead brother, which is both completely freaky and also incredibly impressive. Luckily, that replica doesn't last more than a few seconds. Bradley is jealous that she's already so powerful. He has the same power of materialization, but can barely create something as simple as a Kleenex. The day before their move, a neighbor bursts through the door with news that her husband's cancer has relapsed. She wants Bradley's mother, who is a fortune teller/psychic to confirm or deny the bad news. It is assumed by Bradley's mom's reaction that not only the neighbor, but her children—who are friends with Bradley's sister Paige—will lose him. We don't see the family again in this book. The next day, The Chambers family arrives at their new home in Indianapolis near Warren Township.
When Bradley arrives at his new high school shortly after the move, he is surprised to be greeted by a police officer, who claims Bradley's mom and godparents think it would be wise if Frank, the student resource officer, kept heavy tabs on him due to Bradley's history of being involved in violent crimes. Bradley is given instructions to meet Frank every day during success time, which is basically a study hall hour. Bradley goes on to begin his first day of high school only to discover that his godmother is his first hour English teacher and that his godsister Serena shares every class with him. Serena is displeased that she's been chosen to essentially babysit him. Bradley wonders what her power is, since he hasn't seen her since before they both grew into theirs. He doesn't have the opportunity to ask and is left wondering. Bradley is glad to temporarily be rid of her when he goes to Frank's office for success time where he learns Frank is a telekinetic diviner. This ends up being a ploy to get Bradley to trust him enough to share his story of how he was kidnapped at five years old. However, Bradley doesn't take the bait. When he arrives at his next class, he meets Kase, who is also a diviner. Kase claims Frank can be trusted, but doesn't quite give the impression that he, himself can be once he reveals his power to Bradley via a faulty handshake. It is revealed Kase can manipulate his body mass. At lunch, Bradley ends up sitting alone, where he meets a peculiar friend named Jay-Jay, who is way too interested in Bradley's life for a stranger. This stranger again shows up in his next class where Bradley discovers his godfather is also a teacher at the high school. His godfather uses his telepathy to warn Bradley of his judgmental thoughts. Jay-Jay again appears in Bradley's history class, where the entrance of a beautiful girl takes his breath away, interrupting a conversation about how the future can't change. Jay-Jay makes an ominous comment about how maybe Bradley is right. Some things are set in stone. After class, Jay-Jay mentions the girl's name is Savanna and that he's known her since kindergarten. Bradley wants to be introduced to her, but backtracks, worried he would just ruin her life. Savanna appears again in their last class of the day where Serena seems potentially jealous of Savanna's beauty. Bradley asks Serena and Kase if they know any other diviners in the school, but their knowledge is limited to each other's families and Frank. It is also revealed that Serena has the same power as Kase.
On his way home from school, Bradley's siblings share details from their first days. The most notable detail is Rebecca's claim that she is being bullied at school. Later, the phone rings and it's Serena asking for Bradley. She is worried he will expose them as diviners. She urges him to be nice to Frank. This is followed by a brief teaser on why they haven't seen each other in a while, claiming her family was exposed five years ago. When his sister Paige finds out Serena was the one who called, she has a meltdown the next morning, begging their parents to transfer schools so she could go to school with Serena's brother. Later, in Frank's office, Bradley tries to dig for details of what caused Serena's family to move to Indianapolis, believing the story had something to do with Frank. Frank refuses to discuss other students. In an attempt to get Frank to talk, Bradley shares his kidnapping story, revealing that he was kidnapped on Halloween when his family lived in New Mexico. His kidnapper had him for two days during which he remembers seeing the feet of decaying children. The fact that his kidnapper had multiple victims before Bradley was not in the police report. Bradley spends the rest of the day emotionally exhausted and easily triggered. Jay-Jay tries to distract him by saying he thinks Bradley should ask Savanna out. They get in a minor argument about whether it's a good idea. Jay-Jay tries to get Serena on his side and, instead, is given a list of traumas from Bradley's past. Jay-Jay chooses to believe Bradley is a good person, which triggers Bradley enough that he has to leave the classroom. Frank finds Bradley in the hallway and brings him to his office. Bradley has a meltdown, arguing with Frank over whether he's a good person. Later, Bradley finds himself alone in his room with the door locked as he relieves the nightmare. Serena comes over to apologize, using her powers to walk through the door. She reveals her entire family story of how they came to Indianapolis as well as part of the history of the diviners, claiming they initially came from Romani bloodlines and were targeted during World War II. She discusses how a neo-Nazi in her hometown had discovered her family during an emergency visit when she was ten, prompting her family to run. She also explains how Kase's family is wary of other diviners and refuse to be associated with them in case their enemies find them too.
A week passes and Bradley decides he wants to know his own family's history with World War II; however, his mother claims their great-grandmother refuses to speak of it. She urges him not to go looking for her. To distract him, she has a vision that leads her to Savanna, but doesn't give specifics. When Bradley arrives at school that day, he decides to ask Jay-Jay about Savanna again. Jay-Jay suggests the two may be destined. In history class, Jay-Jay introduces the two. An awkward exchange occurs between the two that ends in the scheduling of a weekend date. Serena is annoyed by this.
Savanna sits with them in their last class of the day, but this doesn't last long. She leaves after Kase makes a rude comment. Bradley finds her in the gym after school and convinces her that he's not friends with Kase. For the rest of the week, Bradley actively tries to separate himself from Kase and Serena to prove it. This behavior continues to annoy Serena and she devises a plan to potentially ruin his date. Her entire family unexpectedly comes over his house on Saturday morning for an impromptu gathering. In an attempt to get away from some of the telepaths in her family, he leaves the house, where he discovers Savanna playing with a younger girl in the driveway across the street. Bradley joins their game, but every time they pass the ball to him, it disappears. This is when he learns Savanna and her family are also diviners. They invite him inside the house where they try to teach him how to control his powers better.
When he returns to his house, Serena is there to interrogate him. They go out to the backyard where her sister apologizes for reading his mind earlier. This is when the rest of their siblings learn there is a girl in Bradley's life and begin asking questions. Bradley bypasses them, more interested in asking his sister Rebecca if she would use her powers to help him practice. She isn't privy to the idea, not having used them since she conjured the look-a-like of their dead brother. It is then revealed that Savanna's sister is the one bullying Rebecca at school. Bradley announces this to Savanna at school a couple days later and she insists on meeting at his house that night. When she arrives, it is with her sister to help apologize, but her sister's presence triggers Rebecca, who uses her newly acquired powers to redecorate the front room. Bradley's parents are concerned when his mom reveals she hadn't seen this coming. They take Rebecca to the hospital only to find that nothing is wrong with her. Savanna and her sister, Ursula, stay behind, where Savanna analyzes the changes Rebecca made to the room. She insists Rebecca is powerful and insists they talk to Jay-Jay about it. This is when it is revealed Jay-Jay is also psychic. While at Bradley's house, Jay-Jay has a vision that their enemies are coming for them, but doesn't know who they are. Bradley reveals to Savanna that he thinks the enemies are neo-Nazis based on Serena's story. Savanna reveals she used to live in Paris after her family ran from a group of neo-Nazis called the New Order and that her family is on the top of a hitlist because of their ancestor's involvement in Hitler's death. Later, Bradley learns his powers are triggered by a need for self-preservation. He uses his power to dematerialize objects to restore the room Rebecca had changed.
The next day, Bradley is late for school. He tries to warn his godmother of the impending doom, but due to her lack of a vision and his history, she doesn't believe him. Bradley reveals his theory about the neo-Nazis to Jay-Jay, who is immediately angry upon realizing Serena's involvement has put Savanna's family at an increased risk. A fight almost breaks out in the cafeteria after Kase steps in to defend Serena. Frank pulls them into his office and demands to know what's going on. It is revealed Serena has been researching the New Order, which is what led the New Order to the diviners in East Indianapolis. Serena is upset upon finding out Jay-Jay's vision involved her being kidnapped and potentially hurt. Frank makes a promise to Serena that he will protect her and the diviners begin to devise a plan to stick together. While Bradley's godfather telepathically interrogates Bradley on Serena's whereabouts, his telepathy fades. Jay-Jay soon realizes the adults' powers are disappearing and proves this by having Frank test his powers. Despite his missing abilities, Frank is positive he can still protect the rest of the diviners. Serena apologizes to Savanna for putting her in danger. That night, Serena's family gathers at Bradley's house to discuss if they should run. They decide to stay. That Saturday, every diviner family appears at Kase's first football game of the season, believing they are stronger in numbers. Bradley decides to officially introduce himself to Savanna's mom, but when her powers disappear after he greets her, he is convinced he is the one making them vulnerable. He runs away and hops on the first bus he finds. When he finally gets off the bus, he is taken off the street by a trio of men. They take him to an airplane hangar where it is revealed they are members of the New Order. It is also revealed the man who had kidnapped Bradley at age five was also a member. It is made clear the New Order had been tracking Bradley for most of his life, waiting for his family to leave the Chicago area where they were protected by the large population of other diviners. It is also revealed that Bradley's insulin was tainted by the New Order, which is what has been causing the adults around him to lose their abilities. However, the New Order believes Bradley was able to remove the powers from diviners of all ages. He does not clue them in on their mistake.
When the New Order leaves him alone at the hangar to kidnap Serena, he is able to free himself using his powers. He runs back to the bus he had taken before, where Jay-Jay meets him. They travel back to Bradley's house where most of the diviners had gathered. By this point, Serena has turned herself in to the neo-Nazis. With Bradley's help, they are able to make an educated guess on where they have taken her and the diviners devise a rescue plan. With most of the adults powerless, Frank and Savanna's dad are left to lead the children into battle. They find the secret underground bunker below Fort Ben State Park and begin their mission. However, the adults are held up near the entrance, fending off armed men as the children scatter throughout the underground maze. Splitting into two groups, Bradley and the others search for Serena, attempting to follow her screams. Bradley's group is the one who finds her, but they are unable to enter the room and are quickly stopped by several New Order members. Upon realizing their plan to eliminate the diviners of their powers didn't work, they lock Bradley in a gas chamber, separating him from Savanna and Rebecca. Bradley is able to dematerialize the wall between his room and Serena's, leaking gas into her room. The gas causes the neo-Nazis to run as Bradley struggles to save a barely conscious Serena. After he manages to dematerialize the wall separating her room and the hallway, the other group of diviners finds them. Kase carries Serena out of the bunker as Kevin and Paige help Bradley search for Savanna and Rebecca. While they are searching, a copy of Savanna's dad—he can multiply himself—appears, but gets too close to Bradley and quickly disappears. Not too long afterward, a wall explodes and Rebecca and Savanna can be heard in the destroyed area. Bradley is choked by a neo-Nazi and Savanna saves him. They have their first kiss. Meanwhile, Kevin and Paige are trying to calm Rebecca as it seems she is the source of the earthquake that is continuing to shake the bunker. They are able to escape, meeting Savanna's dad at the entrance. Once above ground, Rebecca destroys the entire underground lair. She and Bradley both pass out.
Bradley wakes up in the hospital to his great-grandmother telling the story of how she survived World War II in Poland. It is revealed she and Savanna's great-grandmother were best friends and could both be credited for Hitler's death. However, after the war, they parted ways. She also suggests that Rebecca is what is known as the "Chosen One" and is more powerful than the rest. It is also revealed by Jay-Jay that Serena had suffered massive internal damage, but would live to tell the tale. Savanna reveals it's her birthday, believing that him waking from his diabetic coma on that day was fate. They have their second kiss. She also explains to him that all the adults powers had returned. This is followed by her insistence that he never run from her again. This is a promise he agrees to make.
Serena narrates the epilogue, revealing a few details of her torture and that she was left on suicide watch. It is also revealed that she is unable to have children.