Sunday, January 12, 2014

Review: Freak of Nature by Julia Crane


Summary: 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.

**I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

So I like tons of genres of books and but ones that have to do with cyborgs are always an iffy spot for me, because sometimes they start to all be similar to each other. One of my favorite books like this though is Cinder which was amazing and at first this book reminded me of it - like how the robot part of her would control outward signs of emotions (blushing, nervous ticks, etc.). But then I realized, no, this story really is unique. Kaitlyn, Kate for short, is a science project. She checks "donate body to science" for whenever she dies which at 17 seems a long ways away for her but, instead she wakes up, alive, in a lab, half-robot. And she still thinks like a human and feels like a human and even has a few memories from before she woke up, but she doesn't tell anyone this because she's afraid they would wipe it all from her. Which is a pretty reasonable fear considering they truly want a machine/robot to be the perfect warrior - which she is by the way from her training, which was cool to read about.

So Kate does have a friend though and her name is Quess and I really liked her and she was funny. Quess was the only one who figured out that Kate was still human and tries to be with her a lot and it's great.

Now on to Lucus. He is one of the scientists but he's only twenty and really really smart. The story alternates between Kate and Lucus POV and whenever it was from Lucus, you find out a lot. First off he likes Kate but he feels bad for helping to create her thinking he took her humanity away. But she would be dead if he hadn't.  

Okay so the story isn't a very action packed book (there's still plenty of action though just not a lot, a lot if you know what I mean), but the plot keeps you interested because you want to know how everything is going to play out...like is everyone going to eventually find out Kate is still human, will they completely erase her emotions and thoughts, why was she created, is she going to run away, what's going to happen next etc.!!! I really liked the end of the book - it solved tons of problems and paved way for the next which I'm really looking forward to reading! Okay I'm going to skip making it out of 5 stars and am moving to 10...8.5/10 stars!Happy Reading!!

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