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Bionic Hardcover – October 25, 2016
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Gr 8 Up—Lacrosse star Mira's dreams of an athletic scholarship are crushed when she is in a car accident on the way to a gig with her band. When she wakes up, she has brain damage that keeps her confused and an arm and a leg have been amputated. Mira is put forth as a civilian candidate for experimental surgeries to receive a microchip in her head and cable yarn muscles, along with realistic-looking limbs. She is banned from sports as a result of her enhancements and impulsively quits school as a result. Her brain chip lets her learn skills (like guitar) just from watching someone else play, but the chip might be altering her personality. Taking place in modern times with advanced medical technology, this story deals with the struggles of reinventing oneself after change. Uneven pacing holds the book back at times, but the emotional relationships Mira has with family and friends help to propel her to learn who she is after the accident. Weyn writes a novel filled with hopes and dreams while believably portraying the physical and mental aspects of the rehab process. Teens who enjoyed Mary E. Pearson's The Adoration of Jenna Fox or Megan Miranda's Soulprint will pick this up. VERDICT Purchase for reluctant readers and collections in need of science fiction.—Rebecca Greer, Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative, FL
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When she returns to consciousness some days later, her mind is fuzzy and the pain level beyond anything she could imagine. It’s the beginning of a long and painful (both physically and emotionally) journey. She’s lost an arm, a leg, a cheekbone and suffered a broken nose and brain damage.
At that point, giving up looks like her only viable option because all her dreams have evaporated. When she and her mom are approached with the possibility that she can be a test person for new and experimental prostheses as well as a brain implant that might help her become better than new, it’s an offer too good to refuse.
It comes, however with many unexpected gotchas. Other teens see her as a cyborg, she faces accusations of unfairness when she competes as a swimmer, her boyfriend isn’t what she remembers him to be, and she starts having emotional disconnects. How she navigates this giant minefield makes for a fast, but intriguing read that involves a new look at her autistic brother, learning to connect with a group she’d never have believed she had anything in common with, as well as regaining the really important pieces of her live while gaining a new appreciation for them.
It’s a good read for teens liking realistic science fiction as well as heroines who really have to struggle.
The main character, Mira, was written well as she had real life concerns and interests. Before the accident she played lacrosse and was hoping for a college scholarship. Now she is just trying to adjust to all the changes and it isn't easy.
I liked this audio book and found it a fun, quick story. Mira was a real person and I enjoyed listening to her reactions to learning new amazing skills such as playing guitar much better after her latest chip implant into her brain. We are quickly getting to a reality where technology is advancing to a point that people with disabilities can really improve their quality of life and it was nice to see Mira both thrive and struggle with adjusting to her changes. The story also mentioned how other may want the technological enhancements for purely cosmetic reasons which makes you think.
I think those that like teen-level stories or light science fiction will enjoy this book and I give it four out of five stars.