Author: Lydia Kang
Publisher: Dial (Penguin)
Acquired Via: Around the World ARC Tours
Release Date: December 26, 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.
I recently marked a big fat "DNF" on a book that was similar to this one, but Control by Lydia Kang was a sci-fi YA debut that I surprised myself by enjoying. It wasn't a perfect book, but I still had a good time reading it.
Zelia and Dylia are two recently orphaned sisters who have no real ties to anyone except themselves. Their overprotective father kept them constantly on the move and controlled every aspect of their lives. "Zel" was just as protective of "Dyl" as her father, lamenting her little sister letting go of childish things and becoming a beauty-obsessed, boy-crazy teenager. When their father dies, leaving them in foster care, their lives are thrown for a loop. Zel and Dyl do not have much time to adjust because All The Things happen.