- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 - 9
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Dial Books (2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0803739044
- ISBN-13: 978-0803739048
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 67 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,357,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Control Hardcover – December 26, 2013
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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.
"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
"Kang has skillfully blended a coming-of-age, dystopia YA fiction, and some heavy duty genetics. . . Kang is a physician in real life and her science is impressive." — Library Media Connection
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In terms of characters and plot, there are tons of unflinching worst-side-of-humanity moments, not limited to pedophilia, rape, gross breaches of medical ethics and child abuse. However, these moments make sense given the context of the story line, and I am grateful for an author who is able to subtly weave these things in as logical plot points instead of overblown lazy character development. Some people may be tempted to categorize this as a YA novel, by dint of the age of the female (first person) protagonist and the fact that it's dystopian. I would hesitate to give this novel to anyone under the age of 16. It's brutal and the beauty of this book is the way it doesn't bluntly come out and say things like "this is rape" or "this is pedophilia ," but lets the characters organically react to the actions of others.
The reason I'm not giving this a five star review is my own personal experience. It's a hard book to come back into because it's so intense and you can just devour it in one go because it's so rich in details and there are so many characters. It's cumbersome, and I needed to remind myself that it's a GOOD BOOK and THINGS HAPPEN before I could settle down to read it every night. But once I began reading I got sucked back in again.
It's worth it to support Kang, and her writing voice is sooooo masterful. BUY THIS BOOK IT IS WORTH IT.
Control is another YA novel set in the future, where man has created his own minority. Scientists have been experimenting with human DNA resulting in people with "traits." These traits are special abilities that include enhanced healing, breathable skin, and slow aging to name a few.
The protagonist is a seventeen-year-old girl named Zelia who moves around a lot with her father and sister. After her father is killed in a car accident, her sister is kidnapped from the hospital. Zelia finds a home with a group of genetically altered teenagers and tries to find a way to get her sister back.
The plot is very fast paced. It arrives in the second chapter and takes a firm grip on you until the very end. The main character Zelia is intelligent, determined, stubborn, and brave. The minor characters include a boy with four arms, another with two heads, and a girl with green skin.
There is also the underlying mystery of who Zelia's father. How did he know the people that took Zelia's sister and how does he know her new surrogate family, it is one of the things Zelia learns about in her character development.
While the story is captivating and there are plenty of interesting characters to keep your interest, "Control" does experience some of the typical YA pitfalls. A romance comes dangerously close to becoming a love triangle. Zelia's love interest is a very typical broody, sarcastic, obnoxious boy that Zelia hates at first despite the fact that she finds him attractive. They fight and fight until her boy admits that he is in love with her and there is a new couple.
Some readers may be turned off a bit by the science that fills the pages. The characters spend a lot of time in labs doing experiments with DNA. It does not get as involved as it could have been. The author Lydia Kang is a physician, so she probably knows much more than she put in. The science is not overwhelming though unless you have a complete phobia of beakers and theoretical physics.
Overall, I would say that this one is worth the read. I look forward to seeing how this story progresses.
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