Published: December 26th, 2013
Genres: YA, Dystopian, Sci-f
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.
Control has been one of my most anticipated books of the year, so when I was offered a review copy I jumped at the opportunity to read it! And I must say, Control did not disappoint. It's was great Science fiction/Dystopian book, and the perfect one to end my year off with a bang!
I loved the Science aspect of Control, even though it got to be very confusing after a while. All the science and technical wording was a lot to take in and understand. And the science fiction part was the main world building. Everything plotted around the science aspect, and how it can be manipulated and used to enhance human abilities. It was definitely different then anything I've ever read, and that's one of the main reasons why I enjoyed Control the most. It was new, and not something I have read before. Granted, the science aspect, children being born with strange powers/deformities, is not a first. But how many science fiction books have you read that has kids sprouting 4 arms, 2 heads, and green skin? None that I can think of! Now, add that into the dystopian setting, and a corrupt agency, and race to rescue the one you love, and you have one heck of an adventure!
This book will keep you on your toes, and you have to really pay attention if your going to understand what's going on in the book. And I liked that, it was great to have to stay firmly engrossed in the plot, and have to get everything it offers to understand what going on.
I'll admit, the beginning wasn't my favorite part of the book. It felt like it dragged a little, but it quickly picks up after Zel and Dyl are separated. And when it did, it was in full force plot driven!
The book starts with a bang, Zelia, her sister Dylia, and her father are quickly packing up to move for the umpteenth time. But when the unthinkable happens...The world they once new is shattered, and their strong trio is separated!
When Zel & Dyl's father is killed in a horrible magpod accident, the truth is revealed, and what their father is really capable of, and what he's really been hiding from them, comes for them! After Dyl is kidnapped by people with strange abilities, Zel is forced to grow up and face the truth. What she's always known is a lie...And her father is not the man she thought she knew! The truth will turn her world upside down, and tear her remaining family apart!
Zel is rescued from New Horizons just in time and taken to a safe house to hide from her sisters captures. But when Zel arrives she meets teens that aren't like any she's ever meet. Kids with 4 arms, 2 heads, and green skin is only the tip of the iceberg of what Zel is about to face! She is not giving up, and she is determined to get her sister back safe and sound, no matter the cost...But Zel never could of thought that to get her sister back, she would have to sacrifice one love, for another. Is Zel ready to face them kind of choices? And when the time comes, will she be able to choose between her sister, and the boy she's come to love???
So what you think? Sound amazing right??? It was! I thoroughly enjoyed Control, though I wish the Science aspect was broken down, and explained a little easier. But that was easy to overlook, with the fast-paced, action-packed, romanced-fill amazing plot, that will keep you reading until the wee hours of the morning, and still have you craving for more!!
You want a different kinda read that will keep you glued to the very last page??? Well this is it, Control will do that and more!! A perfect book to end my year off with right!!!
Thank you Dial for sending me a ARC copy to review! All opinions express are my own, and are not influenced in any way!
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I love salt more than chocolate. I'm somewhat small, yet deceptively strong. Sort of like an ant.
I write YA fiction, poetry and narrative medical nonfiction. I'm a part time doc, full time family member, and rather oxygen dependent.
My YA sci-fi novel, CONTROL, will debut December 2013 (Dial/Penguin). I'll be holding my breath until then. Watch me.