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Gabriella and Dr. Duggan's Secret Dimensional Transport Machine (NuGen Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 196 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Age Level: 8 - 18 Grade Level: 6 - 12
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      This book is a real page turner that kept me up several nights in a row! A cleverly crafted story that raises strong ethical questions, it is a welcome break from the usual high school dramas with their cliché characters. I rate it a fully deserved 5 stars!
Kirsten Jany - author of Enter to Win, goodreads.com

      Good, solid, clean sci-fi for YA and above, which does not pull punches when it comes to the big questions.
Marc Secchia, author of The Pygmy Dragon and the Shapeshifter Dragons series, goodreads.com

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  • File Size: 5048 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Publisher: SJI (February 2, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 2, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00773Z3Q4
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Two time award winning author James Cardona has written seven books as yet and is planning on writing many, many more. For his fiction, James tries to make his words come alive by pouring real-life experiences into his characters such that many of the details described in his books actually happened and are told from the perspective of someone who was actually there. He also enjoys integrating a hard science approach to his science fiction, feeling that all aspects of his story telling, although perhaps not currently possible, could happen once our technology evolves.

James enjoys all things that can unleash the creative process including the typical drawing, painting and creative writing and the not-so-typical such as robotic design and writing computer code. He loves tinkering with computers, electronics and building robots and is the Lead Engineer for FIRST Robotics Team 316, a High School Robotics team operating out of Salem Community College.

Additionally James helps organize and run the PSEG Nuclear Salem County Math Showcase which he created back in the year 2000, a math competition for students from grades four through eight, typically attended each year by approximately 500-600 students.

James received his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Delaware with a minor in Religious Studies. He lives in New Jersey and works as a Senior Test Engineer for PSE&G Laboratory and Testing Services.

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Format: Paperback
Like Two Books in One
One part of this story is about a teenage girl, Gabriella, who lives some time in the near future when genetic modification becomes available to the public (the wealthy anyway) and people are using this on their unborn children somewhat like the same way that people take steroids nowadays. Gabriella finds herself really good at sports, unusually good actually, and even competing at a very high level. Seeing as her father is a geneticist, she suspects he may have secretly modified her at conception but she can't know for sure as he is dead. This part of the book was solid and I could really relate to it since I run track and there was lots of references to running, training, trying to make a team, the dynamics of the different players, and what it really feels like to run 20 miles.

Another part of the story is about the dimensional machine mentioned in the title. It allows someone to travel great distances across the planet in very short periods of time. At least that's what the scientists designed it for, but other unexpected things happen too (Don't they always?) Although I loved the running stuff, this second part is where the book really shines and where I couldn't put it down.

So half of the story is framed with genetic modification, Gabriella competing on a minor league, semipro sports team, and the rivalries between the teams and players, and another half is about this secret world Gabriella lives in where she zips across the globe using the transport machine and meets her boyfriend in Europe. These two worlds get somewhat pulled together in the end but, like real life, there are loose ends that make it feel like a sequel is imminent (although it is a complete story unto itself).
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Imagine a world where your parents decide what genetic qualities they want you to have and genetics companies can produce you in a test tube. This is the world that "Gabriella" is set in. The title and the cover make this seem like a book maybe for middle schoolers but don't let that deceive you. This book is much deeper and mature than the cover indicates.

The story begins with Gabriella losing her father so she and her mom have to go undercover and change their names to hide from those responsible. Life is tough until she is discovered to have amazing athletic ability, especially for one who is not genetically modified like most athletes of the day. This throws her into a world of high profile sports that changes her life completely. She is asked to be the spokesperson for Dr. Duggan's Secret Dimensional Transport Machine and life changes forever.

James Cardona's future looks a lot like ours but with some key differences. All of North America is one country. Obviously, genetic engineering is legal and accepted. The major sport is Ultraball. I think anyone from 14 or 15 on up will enjoy this novel. It has a deeper emotional feel than many YA novels. I think it leaves the door open for follow-up books and I, for one, would be anxious to read them.

I received this through Goodreads Early Readers program and I appreciated the chance to read and review it.
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I tremendously enjoyed this story about the questionable ethics of genetic research.

Cardona has crafted a mystery set in a futuristic society, where affluent folks can have their children modified through genetic upgrades. In this setting, narrator Gabriella, a sixteen-year-old girl, finds herself the only "natural" athlete in the most popular global sport, a game called "Ultraball". While Gabriella's DNA does not show any genetic alterations, she can keep up with her modified peers and opponents. She, inevitably, becomes a target of NuGen, Ultraball's biggest sponsor.

A fan favorite, Gabriella is chosen to promote Dr. Duggan's new Dimensional Transport Machine, which makes continental travel possible within seconds. During one of those transports gone awry, Gabriella encounters her deceased father in that place between destinations called "The Void".

With NuGen on her heels and her father's ominous warnings, Gabriella is on a quest to find out her true identity and solve the mystery of her dad's murder. This book is a real page turner that kept me up several nights in a row! A cleverly crafted story that raises strong ethical questions, it is a welcome break from the usual high school dramas with their cliché characters. I rate it a fully deserved 5 stars!
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I received a free copy of this book from the author for an honest, non-reciprocal review.

It's definitely clean teen fiction at an appropriate level - Gabriella comes across as a normal teenager, though one who's been through a fair bit of running training. I appreciate the detailed training schedules she refers to, as they definitely show the author's knowledge about training elite athletes and what Gabriella's life became during training, but I admit I skipped over those bits because they weren't relevant to me.

I like the way Gabriella doesn't understand all the complicated science in either the genetics or the transport machine, like a normal teenager with her background. It certainly made the story more believable.

The ending was well-constructed, though it still left questions that I hope will be answered in any sequel to this book.

A well-deserved four stars.
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