Release Date: 11/8/2015
When seventeen-year-old Lucas Marshall tests positive for the M0A1 gene—a genetic abnormality believed to predispose humans toward violence—he is shipped off to an impregnable government facility to undergo a battery of psychological tests aimed at making him crack. Now, having survived their tests and proven his mental stability, Lucas is labeled safe to return home.
But any hope Lucas has of returning to a normal life is shattered when the van transporting him to the reintegration facility is forced off the road by a group of radicals intent on accessing the facility and exposing its dehumanizing practices. And Lucas is their ticket through the front door.
Spurred by rumors that the facility is secretly holding one of his old friends captive, Lucas and his bunk mate, Chris, agree to infiltrate the testing facility’s inner sanctum. Once inside, Lucas’s carefully laid plans begin to unravel and he's forced to seek help from those still locked within the facility’s concrete walls. But when every genetic test claims your only allies are hardwired to become the next Charles Manson, it’s impossible to know who to trust.
Fast paced, heart-racing excitement!
After testing positive for a warrior gene that could potentially make him violent, Lucas' future is decided for him. Being shipped off for testing he is absolutely determined to prove the ones who are judging him wrong. It's almost like when someone is sticking a stereo type on you...I hate that, so I could totally relate to Lucas when he felt the need to make sure he didn't live up the this genetic fault of his.
During his journey he is able to find some common ground in his roommate, they have a true relationship that allows them to talk each other off that ledge of snapping. Throughout the book there were multiple times when I felt like these two had known each other for YEARS, their humor and sarcastic comments is what made this friendship believable and not forced.
Even with other characters filtering into Lucas' journey, like Carly, it was his inner strength and the memory of his brother that kept the light at the end of the tunnel. His need to prove the government wrong was another guiding light, but if I was pre-labeled as a killer I'd either want to prove them wrong, or give them a reason to label me.
Overall I emjoyed the pace, I honestly will have to say that I was left wanting more from the ending, I'm not saying I wasn't happy....I just wanted a little more.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
TRISHA LEAVER lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather disobedient black lab. She is a chronic daydreamer who prefers the cozy confines of her own imagination to the mundane routine of everyday life. She writes young adult fiction and is published with FSG/ Macmillan, Flux/Llewellyn and Merit Press. She is a member of the SCBWI, ITW and the YA Scream Queens— a group of nine female authors who are deathly serious about their horror! To find out more about her, please visit her website at: www.trishaleaver.com
LINDSAY CURRIE Lindsay lives in Chicago with one incredibly patient hubby, three amazing kids and a 160 pound lap dog Sam. She loves Halloween, peach tea and Disney World (in no particular order) and is a contributor to the @YAScreamQueens.
An author of young adult and middle grade fiction, she is published with Flux/Llewellyn, Merit Press and Spencer Hill Contemporary. For more details on Lindsay's upcoming books, please visit her at: www.lindsaycurrie.com.
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