Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Gives Illegal Immigration A Whole Other Meaning!

Tankborn by Karen  Sandler
(Young Adult/Adult Dystopian Fantasy)

These are my very favorite kinds of books--peering into a dark and scary future, imaging how our current society might warp life for the next generation.  And this book took my imagination in a direction I've never been!

This novel is set in a futuristic world not even on Earth.  This future society is divided up into kind of a caste system, the have's and the really havenot's.  There is a new -ism in this book, not racism, or ageism but real genetic-ism.  Kayla is a genetic manipulation, not a natural born child, who has freakishly strong upper body strength and splotchy arms.  Devak is a 'trueborn' who starts to question the entire fabric of his world when he starts having feelings for Kayla.  These two star-crossed lovers,  plus Kaya's best friend, Mishalla, are thrown into a conspiracy and revolution that could topple their entire civilization.

My only real complaint is with the lingo in the beginning of the novel.  I understand that language would be different in a futuristic alien world but I live in the here and now and the change was very difficult o understand and adapt to.  Eventually, I got used to it but it drove me a bit bonkers for awhile.  After that, it was really hard to stop reading--I desperately wanted to follow all the twists and turns to see how everything would turn out.  The ending is like a race to the finish, full of action.  The most interesting part was the ideology of religion as presented in the book--a myth perpetrated for the masses.  Interesting premise and interesting delivery.

Just one of those books that make you go, hmmmmmmm.

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