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Thursday, January 9, 2014

REVIEW: Freak of Nature, by Julia Crane

Donate Body to Science. Check.

When seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn checked the box, she never suspected she’d have her life–and her body–stolen from her. She awakens one day in a secret laboratory to discover that her body is now half-robot and is forced to hide her own secret: that she still has human emotions and a human mind. If the scientists who made her find out, they’ll erase what remains of who she was.

Kaitlyn finds an unlikely ally in Lucas, a handsome, brilliant scientist who can’t get over the guilt he feels knowing she was once a vibrant, beautiful young woman. He never expected a science project to affect him the way she does. As he tries to help her rediscover her past, he finds himself falling for the brave girl struggling to find her place and acceptance between the human and computer worlds.

First, let me just point out that the cover actually depicts something relevant to the story. I keep running into covers on NetGalley that just don't fit the book (in my mind). This one...most definitely is depicting Kaitlyn.

Second, I'm in love with the fact that this is a cyborg novel. Not a robot, not a vampire, not a dystopian. The "science" in this one could very easily be happening now and we don't even realize it. In that respect, the premise of the book is enticing on several levels (my readers just venturing into sci-fi will pick this up and appreciate the romance bit).

Characterization can, in my experience, make or break a book. I, at first, felt like Kaitlyn was a bit stilted....until I realized she had to be, very literally. She is so limited in who can know she's more human than her caretakers think she is and even when she does let that be known, she can't really connect easily.

The dynamic between Katlyn and Lucas (one of the scientists in the lab and working on her "project") is an interesting one. It felt like the romance bit came on too easily, but then it worked as well. 

Freak of Nature was a quick-read, with a good story line, and some excellent cliff-hanging at the end. I'll definitely pick this up for my library and watch for the next book in the series.

What do you think??

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook galley from Enter Text Here through the netGalley publisher/reader connection program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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