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Xenofreak Nation, Book One: XBestia Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 3956 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Publication Date: May 25, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052TBS7S
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,891 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I grew up in the California bay area until my family moved to the Pacific Northwest when I was in high school. I went to college there, then spent the next twenty years in San Diego. Now I live and write in southeastern Washington state. My college background is in advertising art, so I dabble in the digital arts. I'm a big fan of genealogy, antiques, nutrition, and all things 3D animation.

To find out more about me and the indie author life, visit my blog, Whimsilly.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Scott on October 10, 2011
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(Note: I honestly considered giving this book a four-star review so that potential readers don't think these reviews have been given by 'sock puppets'; however, I refuse to lessen this book's rightful stars ;)

Brynn Vega, a sheltered eighteen-year-old girl, understands two things very well. The first is that genetically modified humans (xenofreaks) are a blight on society. The second is that her father, a xenofreak-hating fanatic is always right.

Brynn is a dutiful daughter, doing whatever her father orders her to do. But when she's kidnapped by the XBestias, a ruthless gang of xenofreaks, she must learn to survive on her own. Even if that means earning the trust of a man who seems determined to put her in harm's way.

I found this book when it was highlighted on an indie book website, and I was immediately hooked by the premise: that the science of bioengineering had advanced enough to where humans could use animal features such as horns and skin to enhance their appearances. What I wasn't prepared for was the tense plot, the strong character of Brynn, and the wonderful love story.

The plot had a wonderful ability to keep the reader guessing. Yet, at the same time, it was never confusing or contrived. The main character, Brynn, may have led a sheltered life, but she was no pushover. Although she sometimes made foolish choices, most of the time she was clever and could find her way out of a tight situation. Also, she never lost her sweetness. Even at the end of the story, when she had to face up to some harsh realities, she didn't harden completely.

The love story, too, was sweet. Scott Harding, the XBestia gang member who was ordered to guard Brynn, had a good guy lurking underneath his hard exterior.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Cellophane Queen on August 23, 2011
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I'm going to do something very rare for me. I'm giving this book 5 stars. I want you to know, if you aren't familiar with my reviews, that I rarely do this.

Even more surprising, this is an Indie (self-published) book. Ace, Tor, or other SF publishers missed out big time. If Ms. Conway tried for an agent and couldn't get their attention, then I'm sticking out my tongue at them and saying nyah nyah nyah.

Okay, that's out of my system.

I found this book browsing the You Gotta Read blogs. Not sure if it was for covers or trailers. The concept sounded very original so I squandered my hard-earned 99 cents on the book.

That's a buck I'm glad I spent.

Briefly, xenofreaks are people who have undergone a procedure which attaches some animal body parts to them. The animals are genetically raised to be compatible with humans. Originally, the idea was to grow organs for transplants, but the underground xenofreaks started using the bits and pieces for decoration. Why not have feathers instead of hair? How about cougar claws? A wolf's face?

Sounds pretty creepy. Anyway, the book opens with a protest by a group opposed to the xenofreaks' use of animals. I'm on their side. But as the plot progresses, we find out there are more sides to the story than you might guess.

Rapid pace, excellent writing, sympathetic main characters, pitch perfect POV changes.

I'd definitely buy more from Melissa Conway.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By W. J. S. Kirton on July 5, 2011
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This is one of those books that's both a page-turning read and an intelligent depiction of serious subjects and issues of real importance which keep us thinking long after we've closed it. It's set in the relatively near future, with new subcultures and ethical factions creatively imagined and realised and yet reflecting contemporary preoccupations with the medical ethics of practices such as cloning, tissue cultures and harvesting organs for transplants. As one of its characters says `We're in an era capable of great medical advances but crippled by ethical debate'.

It's true that these are the book's concerns and yet the elements of its narrative - action, psychology, politics, investigations, medical research, conflict between warring factions - are so skilfully unified by the writer that, even as we're made to confront the ethical issues and question where our own sympathies lie, we're driven on by a plot whose tension never slackens. I'm making it sound as if it's dealing in abstractions - it isn't. It's the characters who drive it. They're powerfully realised and we care what happens to them, we're fascinated by the animal grafts some of them sport and the positions they occupy in this brave new world, and we're dragged along by the conflicts and resolutions, the shifting allegiances and, yes, even the love story that manages to emerge despite the excesses to which the central couple are subjected. The narrative threads are woven skilfully together at a pace which never lets up. It delivers a gripping story with a brilliantly sustained climax.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ladyshalott on June 16, 2012
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i don't usually write reviews, but i do READ them to try to figure out which of these .99 cent-ers is actually worth it - a lot of the reviews seem to be plants from publishers or friends, which tends to put me off (as that usually signals crappy product).
however, after reading this book i thought that i owed a review of it to other people who were looking for a quick and cheap - but decent - read.
the cover is off-putting, frankly - as is the title. those are the only things about this story that warrant a .99 cent price.
this was fun to read and the premise for the story was original and pretty ingenious...the romance was refreshing in that it lacked the usual cheap-book 'edward vs jacob' theme - not a story where one awkward girl is being fought over by two amazingly beautiful guys with opposing character traits...and the female characters are realistically strong but with vulnerabilities that seem natural, not forced.
i've recently been enjoying the divergent series, and while the plot here (at least so far) seemed a bit less sophisticated (then again, that might only be because i'm comparing this first story in my mind to the full three book divergent series) i would say that the style of writing and character development was just as strong. the dialog was perfect - very real and well paced...but i really knew that i was going to love the book when when the heroine is lying on the hotel room bed imagining that the hunk-guy will come out of the bathroom and kiss her and instead he comes out of the bathroom, flips the fan on and says: "i wouldn't go in there for a while" - such a perfectly hilarious real moment that it actually made me laugh out loud.

this one is worth a read and i'm looking forward to the next one because frankly the last chapter was a bit anticlimactic - felt like the empire strikes back or something...
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