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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (December 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803739044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803739048
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up-Control is another in a long line of dystopian novels. In Kang's world set in 2150, humans with strange mutations are created and then cast out of society but survive in secret. Zelia; her sister, Dyl; and their father are on the move again. After a horrific accident in which their father is killed, the sisters find themselves at New Horizons where Micah promises them that everything will be okay. The next morning Dyl is abducted, and Zelia meets her foster mother, Marka. It seems that Marka was a friend of Zelia's dad and has a safe house for children born with aberrations. Zelia doesn't know whether to trust Marka or Micah, but she desperately wants to find her sister and get her back. At Marka's house, Zelia meets an odd assortment of kids with various deformities but also extraordinary gifts. One of her new housemates, Cy, eventually becomes a love interest. The story is extremely confusing because the technologies that allow the characters to do extraordinary things are not logical and some are rooted in advanced medical techniques that seem preposterous. Far better choices are Veronica Roth's Divergent and Lauren Oliver's Delirium (both HarperCollins, 2011). Kang's novel is so far from reality and so convoluted that it is hard to accept.-Elizabeth Kahn, Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy, Jefferson, LAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review

"Control, with its mix of legitimate science and inventive fantasy, is unforgettable for all the right reasons."
(VOYA)

"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."
(Booklist)

"Control successfully integrates science, adventure, and romance into one unforgettable read. [It] will keep you wanting more until the jaw-dropping ending."
(RT Book Reviews, Top Pick)

"Steamy, romantic. . .scrupulous attention to scientific detail adds authenticity."
(Kirkus Reviews)

"A sweet, edgy romance rounds out this smart, futuristic medical thriller."
(Publishers Weekly)

"Surprising twists, tender romance, and a fierce, smart protagonist make for a winning formula in Kang's debut. CONTROL is tautly woven and breathlessly delivered--a thrilling read!"
(Jessica Khoury, author of ORIGIN)

"Control blew me away, from the depth and richness of this fascinating, disturbing vision of the future -- and all its technologies -- to the twists and turns and suspense that made for a thrilling ride. Zel is as authentic a character as I've read in a very long time. Highly recommended."
(James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of THE MAZE RUNNER)

More About the Author

Lydia Kang is a young adult author and physician who lives in the Midwest with her family. She is endlessly fascinated by all things geek-related and isn't grossed out by much. Her first novel, CONTROL, is a YA sci-fi adventure/romance available now from Dial/Penguin. The sequel, CATALYST, will be coming March 2015.

Customer Reviews

I loved it and can't wait until the next book is released.
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I love the depth of the main character Zelia and her budding relationship with Cy.
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The characters are interesting, the story engaging, and the writing is a delight.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Celestejz on December 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Kang's debut novel is a stunner for many reasons, but it's the science in this science fiction novel that deserves the praise, first and foremost.

Kang uses her background as a medical doctor to great precision in creating almost every facet of Control's world: from rounding out Zel's abilities and talents in lab work, to world-building lines describing the medical enhancements that are available to everyone in Neia.

But it's the science behind the genetic mutations where Kang really shines. Her explanations for how and why Zyl's new housemates have come to develop the abilities that they have, and how these abilities have been manipulated for use on the black market and for the general public were so simplistically elegant, I found myself marveling.

Kang also uses the science to ask thoughtful, serious questions on the ramifications of scientific advancement throughout the book, including opening the eyes of readers to both the potential benefits and downsides of genetic manipulation - e.g. a character proposes a serum that will have the ability to instantaneously fix bones, while self-serving parties also exhibit obsessive control(!) to ensure that the medical technology stays in the right hands.

Outside of the scientific elements, readers will also find a compelling and relatable heroine in Zel. Though the story starts off with Zel being put into multiple situations that would have literally made anyone else cry for weeks, Zel's sheer doggedness to reunite with her sister helps her adapt to the unexpected.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 1, 2014
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I bought Control because the heroine has Ondine's Curse - a rare medical condition that causes her to stop breathing when she falls asleep - and my daughter was born with this condition in real life. I didn't necessarily expect to like it - I am a picky reader - but I wanted to support an author writing about this subject matter. As it turned out, the book is great! Fast-paced and engaging from the get-go, it reminds me a bit of Divergent and The Hunger Games in tone and style (though not a copycat of either book at all). I highly recommend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Colquitt on December 28, 2013
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This book is amazing the time and detail that Lydia Kang but into not just telling a thrilling story but also making sure that she is true to the explanation of Ondine's curse is amazing. Kang took a unknown rare disease , and not just made it known but made the character that has it strong and independent (like all children/and adults who have this disease are) . I enjoyed this fast paced thrilling Sci fi that left me begging for more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alicia on December 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Control has been one of my most anticipated books of the year, so when I was offered a review copy I jumped at the opportunity to read it! And I must say, Control did not disappoint. It's was great Science fiction/Dystopian book, and the perfect one to end my year off with a bang!

I loved the Science aspect of Control, even though it got to be very confusing after a while. All the science and technical wording was a lot to take in and understand. And the science fiction part was the main world building. Everything plotted around the science aspect, and how it can be manipulated and used to enhance human abilities. It was definitely different then anything I've ever read, and that's one of the main reasons why I enjoyed Control the most. It was new, and not something I have read before. Granted, the science aspect, children being born with strange powers/deformities, is not a first. But how many science fiction books have you read that has kids sprouting 4 arms, 2 heads, and green skin? None that I can think of! Now, add that into the dystopian setting, and a corrupt agency, and race to rescue the one you love, and you have one heck of an adventure!

This book will keep you on your toes, and you have to really pay attention if your going to understand what's going on in the book. And I liked that, it was great to have to stay firmly engrossed in the plot, and have to get everything it offers to understand what going on.

I'll admit, the beginning wasn't my favorite part of the book. It felt like it dragged a little, but it quickly picks up after Zel and Dyl are separated. And when it did, it was in full force plot driven!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 31, 2013
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I read a lot of young adult, dystopian science fiction, and this is easily among the top. The characters are interesting, the story engaging, and the writing is a delight. The ending was a bit Hunger Games-ish for me, but I suppose that just makes me ready for book #2.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sara VINE VOICE on December 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The year is 2150 and Zel, her younger sister Dyl, and their father are, once again, moving. The trio moves often, jumping from one state to the next, but this time is different. This time, Zel’s father is acting different and doesn’t seem to have a clear cut plan… and things go from bad to worse when, shortly into their trip, their vehicle is slammed into and totaled. Zel’s father doesn’t make it through the accident and, then, Zel and Dyl are mysteriously tested and then forcibly separated. Zel’s life is quickly spinning out of control. She’s lost her father and her sister and is suddenly overwhelmed with the knowledge that there are individuals, Dyl included, with mutated genes that give them special abilities and powers. Dyl has been taken by Aureus, a group that seeks to exploit her abilities, but first they must figure out what those powers are. As Zel races the clock to uncover the secrets hidden within Dyl’s DNA, she forms unexpected bonds with a group of mutated kids her father and new guardian, Marka, have kept hidden and safe from the evil clutches of Aureus and discovers shocking truths about her past, present, and future.

Lydia Kang’s debut has been compared to Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies books, but, to me, it had a similar feel to Kelley Armstrong’s Darkest Powers books. Ultimately, Control was not what I expected. It’s been a long time – probably since I read the Darkest Powers books – since I’ve read something quite like this. There is something that I can only describe as gritty happening within the pages of this novel. The characters aren’t perfect or stereotypically beautiful or attractive, but, as you sink further into the world and story, you find your idea of what is beautiful and attractive changing.
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