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.
Release Date: February 2, 2013
Published By: Valknut Press
Review Copy: Mobi.
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So different from the Keegan Chronicles that made me fall in love with Julia. Don't take this as a bad thing though because I quickly found myself pulled into this one. Seeing it was Julia Crane I will confess that I did really look into the description. The cover told me it wasn't like her others and was maybe crossing some lines that I normally wouldn't but despite this I eagerly began. Turns out cyborgs are growing on me and Kaitlyn was just another step to me buoying them mor and becoming more open about reading them.
Kaitlyn is supposed to have no emotion, no pain and give her complete obedience to whomever owns her. Thing is this story runs a little different than what she's supposed to do. When Kaitlyn checked the box volunteering her body to science upon her death she didn't realize exactly what he had signed herself up for. She knows she shoul be dead but not why. Just like she knows she shouldn't have free thought or emotions but she does. Julia Crane did a tremendous job creating a secluded area for Kaitlyn and a good balance of people to interact with. Not to mention the reason behind Kate's existence. As far as stories go I wasn't surprised at how smoothly this one flowed, from meeting Kaitlyn to the last page I didn't find any rough patches.
We all know how important it is to connect with the main character but how do you accomplish this when the main character is cyborg? When the author is Julia it wasn't even a problem. Though Kaitlyn is meant not to be human her behaviour and worries made her relatable. Obviously she is a kick ass character, heck the girl has been trained to kick ass in every way possible. Her shooting records are off the chart and I would be lying if I said that wasn't something that I would love to be able to do. Her only flaw is that I found her a little naive but many times this went unregistered in my mind because she was supposed to be stripped of all emotion and free thought. The only reason I mention this is because there were a few times she looked to Lucas when she was smart enough to figure it out on her own.
Quess is probably one of my favourite supporting characters. At first I wouldn't have thought her as young as she was: 14. Though she is young she is smart and cared about Kaitlyn and tried her best to help her. She is constantly trying to help Kaitlyn, teach her, help her remember her past and be the only friend, the only person that knows there is more than just a robot in front of her. There is also Lucas who is the romantic interest. Her is one of those hot and smart/brainy guys that don't come around often. He wanted what was best for Kaitlyn but made some crappy decisions and I just wanted to kick him. I'm kind of nervous that someone brought in near the end of the novel may create a bit of a triangle or push Lucas out but for now this is a triangle free book.
This novel is a show of just how talented Julia Crane is. The ending did leave a little to be desired and ran a little flat for me but that just leaves room for more. Fans of sci-fi will be pleased and should without a doubt give this a try. I have always shied away from the genre myself and if there was mention of cyborg anywhere I all but ran. If you have an open mind and are willing to give something you would normally a try then Freak of Nature should be at the top of your list.
About the Author
Julia Crane is the author of the Coexist: Keegan’s Chronicles. She has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Julia has believed in magical creatures since the day her grandmother first
told her an Irish tale. Growing up her mother greatly encouraged reading and using your
imagination. Although she’s spent most of her life on the US east coast, she currently lives in
Dubai with her husband and three children.
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