Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: 01 February 2010
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Book Source: ARC borrowed from a friend, unknown where she received it from
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Synopsis from Amazon.com
In the year 2170, despite technological and political advances, cyborgs and clones are treated no better than slaves, and an underground abolitionist movement is fighting for freedom. Thirteen-year-old Leanna’s entire life is thrown into chaos when The World Federation of Nations discovers her mom is part of the radical Liberty Bell Movement.
After her mother’s arrest for treason, Leanna must escape as she is chased by a ruthless bounty hunter. Soon Leanna finds herself living among the Firsts, and nothing will ever be the same again. But what does The World Federation want with the daughter of a traitor? So much is uncertain. Danger hides everywhere. Fear takes over. With help from unlikely sources, Leanna learns the origin of The Liberty Bell Movement and how its members may have answers about her past-and her new reality.
As family secrets are revealed, Leanna must face startling truths about self-identity and freedom. Through time travel, advanced technologies, and artificial intelligence, this exhilarating adventure asks what it means to be human and explores the sacrifices an entire society will make to find out.
That’s right….THREE people have had their hands in this very short book. Learning this I now understand why the writing was so choppy and muddled. The overall premise was an intriguing on but the story was filled with such starts and stops and random jumps that it was had to stay focused. The shortness of the story don’t allow the reader much time to get invested in the characters. Which is a shame because there are some really interesting ones in this story. Its futuristic setting allows for the existence of clones and cyborgs and space travel is right on the horizon. There are complex issues involving what it means to be human and a hark to historical data in referring to cyborgs as 3/5th human, which is how slaves were once referred as. In this world the fact that Cyborgs aren’t fully human, being only 3/5ths a person then they don’t deserve the same rights as humans. You can only imagine the sort of resentment and discussion issues that this might raise. After all didn’t humanity learn anything from its past? And if not, then why not?
However all these deeper and complex thoughts are abruptly cut short. Its as if the multiple writers just got tired to telling the story and so just typed “the end” and called it a day. I haven’t been able to discover if there will be a sequel to this story but the way it ended it certainly is set up for one as there was no obvious conclusion. I’m intrigued by this world but I’m not sure I’ll pick up another collaborative book by these three authors. At least not until they work out the kinks of writing together because at the moment this book certainly suffers from that old expression of too many cooks in the kitchen.
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