I read this book a long time ago, I would say 12 plus years ago. I believe it was a group of savants, maybe I'm wrong on that part, that lived together and were being studied. They had tests ran on them. I remember one character develop powers/abilities and started going crazy. I think another character ended up having to stop him with their powers/abilities. I believe it all took place at the end of the books at like a gas station or something. Gosh, I'm having such a hard time remembering it all. It was a really good book, hope my vague description helps someone figure it out.

  • Some parts of this remind me of Stephen King's Firestarter, but the details don't match.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Nov 10, 2022 at 17:55
  • Maybe the movie "Scanners" by David Cronenberg? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scanners
    – Boba Fit
    Commented Nov 11, 2022 at 18:19
  • Who was studying these "savants"? For instance, an agency of the federal government of the USA? Or some other national government, or a private corporation trying to develop its own secret force of super-powered field agents? I ask because I've seen many stories which use such a premise to get the plot up and running, and if you can remember what sort of organization was responsible, it might help narrow the field considerably.
    – Lorendiac
    Commented Nov 12, 2022 at 19:11
  • If you can remember any random details like where they were (what country, even) or whether it was set in the present day or in the past or in the future or what any of their names were or what any of them wore, that might narrow it down.
    – A. B.
    Commented Nov 23, 2022 at 3:34
  • That's a great movie, but it's definitely not that.
    – Stylin
    Commented Nov 24, 2022 at 3:31

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Could it be books 4 and 5 of The Heir Chronicles series (2006-2014) by Cinda Williams Chima?

Here's a summary of book 4, The Enchanter Heir (2013).

They called it the Thorn Hill Massacre—the brutal attack on a once-thriving Weir community. Though Jonah Kinlock lived through it, he did not emerge unscathed: like the other survivors, Jonah possesses unique magical gifts that set him apart from members of the mainline guilds. At seventeen, Jonah has become the deadliest assassin in Nightshade, a global network that hunts the undead. He is being groomed to succeed Gabriel Mandrake, the sorcerer, philanthropist, and ruthless music promoter who established the Thorn Hill Foundation, the public face of Nightshade. More and more, Jonah’s at odds with Gabriel’s tactics and choice of targets. Desperate to help his dying brother Kenzie, Jonah opens doors that Gabriel prefers to keep closed.

Emma Claire Greenwood grew up worlds away, raised by a grandfather who taught her music rather than magic. An unschooled wild child, she runs the streets until the night she finds her grandfather dying, gripping a note warning Emma that she might be in danger. The clue he leaves behind leads Emma into Jonah’s life—and a shared legacy of secrets and lingering questions.

Was Thorn Hill really a peaceful commune? Or was it, as the Wizard Guild claims, a hotbed of underguild terrorists? The Wizards’ suspicions grow when members of the mainline guilds start turning up dead. They blame Madison Moss and the Interguild Council, threatening the fragile peace brokered at Trinity.

Racing against time, Jonah and Emma work to uncover the truth about Thorn Hill, amid growing suspicion that whoever planned the Thorn Hill Massacre might strike again.

  • Hi, welcome to the site. Note that the OP only indicated that they read one book, though, not two or more, so which of the two books you proposed mostly closely fits the OP's description? The OP mentioned that a scene near the end of the book took place at a gas station, for example. Does either of the two books you proposed have a scene that matches? Commented May 19, 2023 at 0:14
  • Another point I neglected to mention: when quoting a plot summary from another website, please include a link to the page you're quoting. Commented May 19, 2023 at 0:15

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