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The Resource Control, by Lydia Kang

Control, by Lydia Kang

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Control
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Control
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by Lydia Kang
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Language
eng
Summary
In 2150, when genetic manipulation has been outlawed, seventeen-year-old Zelia must rescue her kidnapped sister with the help of a band of outcasts with mutated genes
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Review
  • Grades 9-12 In case you were wondering, yes, bad boys are still the number-one lust objects of 2150. This snark-laden entry into the sigh-fi canon follows 17-year-old Zel after her father dies, leaving her and her 13-year-old sister, Dyl, orphaned. Dyl has a “trait”—that’s future-speak for a mutant ability—and she’s kidnapped by villains who plan to use her trait for their own moneymaking devices. Zel, meanwhile, is taken off the grid to Carus House, where a motley gang of mutants (one is part plant, one has two heads, and so on) endeavor to help Zel get her sister back. From Zel’s first comment of “What a jerk,” we know she’s about to fall for the skin-regenerative Cy, and Kang wastes no time placing the teens in half-dressed situations. The relentless modern slang makes this feel more like 2013 than 2150, but Kang compensates with imaginative cultural details (an ecstasy-like drug carried by sound) and impressive specificity regarding genetics. The use of mutants alone is fairly unique, making this a smart go-to for fans of Megan Shepherd’s The Madman’s Daughter (2013). -- Kraus, Daniel (Reviewed 10-15-2013) (Booklist, vol 110, number 4, p57)
  • Kang’s medical bona fides are on display in this SF debut. In a near-dystopian future, states have consolidated, education is via online holo, and people live under the agriplane, an elevated platform where crops are grown. Zelia, 17, and her younger sister, Dyl, move from state to state with their father’s work, never getting attached to any one place. After being orphaned by a freak accident, Zelia and Dyl are thrown into a foster system that tears them apart when they are claimed by rival “safe houses” that either shelter or take advantage of “illegal” children who have been genetically altered. Zel must negotiate a relationship with her new family, including a four-armed boy and a girl who’s part plant, and rescue her sister from a nightmare world of drugs and sexual exploitation. With a lot of world-building to chew on in the first half, the story comes close to bogging down, but it quickens as Zelia comes into her own, using her scientific education and strengths she never knew she had. A sweet, edgy romance rounds out this smart, futuristic medical thriller. Ages 12–up. Agent: Eric Myers, the Spieler Agency. (Dec.) --Staff (Reviewed October 14, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 41, p)
  • A teenage scientist struggles to rescue her abducted sister in Kang's debut novel. After their father dies from injuries sustained in a freak accident, Zelia and her younger sister, Dylia, are left orphaned in a dystopian future America. They've scarcely begun to grieve when they are violently separated: Dylia is kidnapped by strangers who want to profit from her DNA, while Zelia ends up in Carus House, an underground organization that shelters people whose genetic mutations make their very existence illegal. A student of molecular biology, Zelia soon begins her own analysis of Dylia's DNA, hoping it holds the key to saving her. She also finds herself drawn to Cyrad, a brooding Carus House resident. Their steamy, romantic relationship raises the stakes of the story, but it's also a little disturbing: Zelia may be 17, but she's a late bloomer who hasn't matured sexually. Throughout the novel, Kang's scrupulous attention to scientific detail adds authenticity but also contributes to the uneven pace; the middle portion feels especially slow after the action-packed opening. The novel works as a stand-alone, but the ending leaves the door open to a sequel. This humdrum addition to an overcrowded field is for die-hard dystopia fans only. (Dystopian suspense. 12-18)(Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2013)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10231827
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kang, Lydia
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Interest level
UG
LC call number
PZ7.K127644
LC item number
Co 2013
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
Reading level
4.7
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Control
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Genetic engineering
  • Kidnapping
  • Sisters
  • Orphans
  • Science fiction
  • Genetic engineering
  • Kidnapping
  • Sisters
  • Orphans
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Control, by Lydia Kang
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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rdacontent
Control code
995212
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
395 pages
Isbn
9780803739048
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2012032617
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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(Sirsi) i9780803739048
Label
Control, by Lydia Kang
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
995212
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
395 pages
Isbn
9780803739048
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2012032617
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780803739048

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