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Genres: Sci-Fi Romance, Young Adult Romance
Released on February 2, 2013
Who knew! Donating your body to science and come back a cyborg. Not what Kaitlyn had in mind when she checked that little donor box. I was intrigued by the blurb and I love a good cyborg story so I jumped at the chance to read this one. It was both what I imagined it would be and then it was also more.
Kaitlyn is no longer human. She now lives in a lab surrounded by white walls, lab workers and exists for the next test. That’s not all. She keeps a secret down inside where the scientists won’t find it and take it away from her like they did everything else. Kaitlyn still has a piece of her humanity left. She has only flickers of memories before waking up in the lab and she has a dream about a blond man, but she also has feelings and reactions. Behind her passive expressionless face, she tries to understand these feelings, observations and reactions, but it makes little sense. She saves up her curiosity and questions for her one friend, the lead scientist’s fourteen year old granddaughter, Quess. Quess is the one who warned her to never giveaway that she had any humanity left in her. They steal away once in awhile on walks around the compound where cameras and audio sensors won’t track them. She lives for these stolen opportunities along with the times she gets to be around the handsome lab tech, Lucas.
Lucas feels that he loses a little more of his soul every day. Knowing that they took a girl and removed all her humanity and memories of her past life and built her to be a super soldier when she had no say leaves him weighed down with guilt. He tries to tell himself that she was dead and they gave her a new chance at life. And he has done the unthinkable. He, the super-smart kid genius who was the odd boy growing up, has fallen for a girl who isn’t even human. Or is she? Once in a while, he’s had his suspicions. It is only when they learn that she will be turned over to the government as a weapon that he sees the evidence that shouldn’t be there. Problem is, what is he going to do with this incredible find?
The story is told from both Kaitlyn and Lucas’ perspectives. I thought the author did a great job with Kaitlyn’s voice. She is convincing as a cyborg who still has a piece of her humanity. I liked how Lucas is written too. He’s tortured about the decisions that he was a part of in the name of scientific advancement, but there is a darker part of him that admits that he wanted to do it too. He is attracted to Kaitlyn because she is cool and logical and smart even if it all is a result of what they built into her. Then once he sees that Kaitlyn still has some of her old self left, he is hit by an ethical dilemma. Kaitlyn with feeling and feelings for him is his dream come true, but she’s soon to be sold to the government as a killing machine. It was his decision to leave her be or strip her of the last piece of herself.
The plot revolves entirely around Kaitlyn’s humanity and the relationship with Quess and then Lucas. There are moments in the lab and a few scenes outside. The backdrop is there, but not intrusive. Action scenes particularly the escape attempt were great for a change of pace. I loved not knowing if they were going to get caught out or what was going to happen to Kaitlyn. The story ended up with a good solution and I liked where it was headed. It had a happy for now feel with hints that things wouldn’t stay that way. I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next.
The book does have some sexual situations though it doesn’t get graphic. The violence is mild and there’s no bad language so it would be safe in the hands of a mature teen.
I’m recommending this one to those who enjoy YA Sci-Fi Romance and particularly those who like reading books with cyborg characters.
My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review the book.