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Control by Lydia Kang

Monday, December 16, 2013

An un-putdownable thriller for fans of Uglies

When a crash kills their father and leaves them orphaned, Zel knows she needs to protect her sister, Dyl. But before Zel has a plan, Dyl is taken by strangers using bizarre sensory weapons, and Zel finds herself in a safe house for teens who aren’t like any she’s ever seen before—teens who shouldn't even exist. Using broken-down technology, her new friends’ peculiar gifts, and her own grit, Zel must find a way to get her sister back from the kidnappers who think a powerful secret is encoded in Dyl’s DNA.

A spiraling, intense, romantic story set in 2150—in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms—this is about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes.

Goodreads Summary

Zel and Dyl are sisters who truly care about each other in an unusual circumstance.  In the very beginning of the book tragedy strikes and they lose their father...then Dyl is taken away and Zel is placed in an odd housing situation with unusual teens.  The plot is fast-paced and the author has a way of preventing the reader from putting the book down.

My favorite character was Zel.  I liked that she faced regular and odd issues.  She had some problems with how she looked and overall body image and that made her character feel like someone I might know and call a friend.  That aspect really made her easier to relate to.  I enjoyed the idea of hidden genetic talents or traits that sets someone aside and makes them special.  I didn't feel like I knew or wanted to know Dyl much more than the fact that Zel tries so hard to retrieve her sister and so clearly loves her.  I thought the romance parts made the book a little more fun and put a different perspective on a few of the characters.  At the end of the book I was heartened to learn that there might be a sequel.  This book is recommended for young adult/teen readers.

4 Stars

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