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by Jon McGoran

Trade Binding | 368 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 | US$ 18.95
ISBN: 9780823438556 | 09-29-2017

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: TENTH | Age: 14 up

Themes: Science Fiction, Acceptance & Belonging, Making Choices, Loyalty, Friendship
Recommendations: B, K, SLJ

About the Book

In this gripping sci-fi thriller, genetically altered teens fight for survival in a near-future society that is redefining what it means to be human. This debut YA explores what it means to be different in a changing world—a world in which climate, technology, society, and humanity itself are becoming more unpredictable every day.

Sixteen-year-old Jimi knows people change, but nothing could prepare her for what's about to happen to her best friend, Del. Del is obsessed with becoming a chimera (ki-mir-a): a person who pays back-alley geneticists, known as "genies," to illegally splice animal genes into their own. The resulting physical changes have scared lawmakers into drafting legislation declaring chimeras officially nonpersons—so when Del goes missing, Jimi is desperate to find him before he alters himself forever.

As she tries to save him, Jimi must face down unscrupulous people who are eager to hunt chimeras—all while knowing that if that is the choice Del has made, he's leaving her behind forever.

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"This page-turner grabs you by the throat and won't let go."—Laurie Halse Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of Speak and Chains

"A very believable future seen through the eyes of a believable white teen for whom discrimination on the basis of visual difference has suddenly become real. This nightmare study in manufactured prejudice will resonate with many teens who see themselves as part of a marginalized group . . . Timely, thrilling, and more than a little scary."—Kirkus Reviews

"Characters you care about and a plot that will send chills up your spine, this one has it all! Jon McGoran brings serious game to the YA genre!”—Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Rot and Ruin and V-Wars

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