Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Freak of Nature: Book 1 of the IFICS by Julia Crane

It was the cover that first attracted me to this book and it didn't mislead.  This was a story I could hardly put down.

Kaitlyn is having a difficult time with her second coming of age.  The first time she did it as a human girl and this time she is doing it as the first human robot/cyborg.  Having signed her donor card to donate her body to science, after she suffers a fatal brain injury in a fall, her body ends up in the labs of Dr. Harrington.  From that point forward, she is an experimental subject and no longer has any say over what happens to her body.

Dr. Harrington has no qualms about turning Kaitlyn into the perfect soldier, though Lucas, one of his scientists, has second thoughts about what they have done.

Even with all her enhancements, Kaitlyn is still a girl, but she no longer knows how to be the person she was before the accident.  Some of her mistakes were amusing.  Others reminded me of ones that a foreigner to Canada or the United States might make such as not knowing the current slang.  It also emphasised that text book learning is not enough, real world experience is required. 

Did I mention that there is romance. Can't tell you about that, want to keep the suspense.

Even though this level of human/robot hybrid is far off in the future, it does bring to mind the question of whether it should be done.  Just because we have the technology, should we be using it.

This is a well written book that kept me reading long after I should have been asleep.  Though this book is aimed at a YA audience, it has enough detail to keep an adult reader involved.

Books in the IFICS series:
  1. Freak of Nature
  2. Fractured Innocence
  3. Fatal Abduction

Thanks to author Julia Crane for use of the cover image. 

At the time of writing this review, Freak of Nature is free at some ebook retailers.

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