Friday, 11 October 2013

Book Review: Freak of Nature by Julia Crane

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.

My review: 
*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Kaitlyn filled in a form to donate her body to science after her death but when she wakes up after an accident that kills her, she is half cyborg with human feelings and no memories. She is afraid to reveal her feelings in case scientists decide to wipe them away. Now she faces an uncertain future as a military weapon which she does not want, and must risk her existance to tell the young scientist that she is attracted to what she is feeling.

I admit that after I requested this book, I started to have second thoughts about reading it, but I'm pleased to say that I did enjoy it. I liked the idea of the book. A lot of people like the idea of donating their body to science and this book explores the idea of waking up as a cyborg yet still retaining some of your humanity, a thought that is quite scary. This is the type of sci-fi that you really can imagine happening in the future which is probably why this book creeped me out just a little! It is made to feel realistic with Kaitlyn not understanding slang or modern technology to start with and having to learn how to be more human. The reaction of staff to her is also realistic with people avoiding her through nervousness at what she was/is and gawping at her as if she is a freak.

It is not an all action plot, it is very much character based and each person is well developed and likable, even the mad scientists! I had so much sympathy for Kaitlyn, covering her feelings and pretending to be robotic to protect herself, then slowly discovering bits about her past which nearly send her into overload. The complicated relationship that she has with Lucas is touching and you can see the conflict between his feelings for her and his dedication to the project. I could relate to most of the main characters and there is no real bad guy here. The people who made Kaitlyn are not evil, just a bit misguided in their methods and I think that is what made the book work for me. There are no huge science info dumps which was a relief for a technophobe like me, and the story is a simple, well constructed tale of human emotion and conflict.

I would certainly consider reading the next book to see what happens next and if there was just a bit more action in it, that would be great. This book should appeal to fans of dystopian and uncomplicated sci-fi. 3.5 for sure!
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  1. I'm glad that you enjoyed this one. I have a copy but still haven't read it, I need to do that. :)

    1. I'm quite glad I requested it from Netgalley now or I probably wouldn't have tried it.

  2. I've seen this one around. I wasn't sure at first sight, but I might want to give it a try some time. Glad you enjoyed it.