Tuesday, September 3, 2013

REVIEW: Freak of Nature

By Julia Crane
January 2013
Valknut Press

Checking the “Donate body to science” in the event of her death on her driver’s license turned Kaitlyn into a self-professed “freak of nature”.  Kaitlyn has come back from the dead, no memories of her past and part cyborg. She is being perfected by scientists and various trainers to become a warrior.  An eccentric billionaire bent on created a new race of “superhuman” people has made this all possible. They have erased her emotions and her memories in hopes that she will be even more lethal if not hampered by emotions.  They failed, however, she does feel. She keeps that fact hidden on the advice of her friend Quess who is the granddaughter to one of the scientists and Kaitlyn’s only friend. It is difficult for Kaitlyn having emotions because she often feels conflicted when people try and talk to her.  Actions like rolling your eyes or sayings like “you’re telling me” are lost on her because the supercomputers inside her can’t process such things correctly. So, she may feel emotions and understand nine languages, but truly comprehending for her is difficult.
This is especially true when it comes to Lucas.  He is another scientist and a genius having received his Master’s degree at the age of 17.  She is around him often as they continue to improve and perfect her to be sold.  Though she hides her emotions from others she can barely keep herself in check when he is around, always fighting the thought of touching him and daydreaming about him almost daily.  She wants to tell him how she feels so he can help her understand, but she is afraid that if she does he will try to “fix her” and erase her emotions.

This book in my opinion is awesome! Lucas and Kaitlyn tell their story in alternating chapters. The book has a good pace to it and you really connect with both of them.  I especially felt for Kaitlyn and am glad I will never have to know what it is like to be part robot. I encourage you to pick up this book and read it!

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