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The Cure by [Hagan, Tania]
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The Cure, penned down by Tania Hagan, is an amazing story of an interesting dystopian society. It is a debut so great that it will urge all the readers to give Tania Hagan a standing ovation!  After losing his two daughters to cancer, the President ordered the Genetic Operations Division, commonly known as GOD to find a 'cure' and put an end to the life-taking disease for good. The only way a cancer-free society can be built is through code-regeneration and creating clones of all those who had remained cancer-free throughout their lives. After many years of research and efforts, the society today is cancer-free.
The story beings with the protagonist Genesis Weatherby, who by all means portrays a typical teenager except that everyone including herself is a clone of someone maybe famous or not famous. For decades, the GOD has manufactured code-regenerations from people who were not a victim to cancer. Originals are considered illegal and must be feared as they may reintroduce the disease in the cancer-free society. Nothing seems to be abnormal until Genesis (Genny) meets the new transfer in her school, Nat Wilkinson, from Britain. It is only then that things start to change and Genesis is left questioning everything she had known since her birth.
Tied together by a bond that is keeping them together, will Genny and Nat succeed in their plan to save one child at a time or will they soon be visiting the GOD?
For starters, readers will be too stunned to even compliment on the beauty of the story. Once they pull themselves together, they will find that Hagan has delivered a smashing hit. Brilliantly spinning the life of a very horrifying yet realistic portrayal of humankind, Hagan has tried her hand at writing a dystopian novel set in the future to tell her readers how imperfect the world is. This unique and fresh approach filled with romantic moments, bone-chilling suspense, action and adventure, the Cure has something for everyone.
Well suited for all ages from 12 onwards, Hagan has marked her territory and is the one to watch out for with her upcoming publications.
--SeriousReading.com
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Set more than 100 years in the future, Tania Hagan's debutnovel, The Cure, explores the moral and ethical issues of cloning andgenetic manipulation. It's a young adult novel with a dystopian-like settingthat tackles serious topics while also presenting such topics in a manner thatis appropriate for its target audience without sounding at all preachy orcondescending. 

Genny is the clone of a once-famous, silent film star, but unlike her peers,she doesn't strive to live her life following in the footsteps of the womanwhose DNA she shares. Then Genny meets Nat, who also feels the same way aboutliving his own life in his own terms, rather than doing what is expected of himbased on his cloned genetics. The two of them begin to question this system ofcontrolled families, run by the Genetics Operating Division (also known as GOD).The system was created as a cure to cancer, but Genny and Nat discover thatthere are much more sinister things going on behind the scenes. Their plot todisrupt GOD's plans could also have disastrous consequences, not only for themand their families and friends, but also to the human race in general. But ifthey sit back and do nothing, a lot of innocent lives will be in danger ofGOD'S power. The choice is not too difficult for them, so they set out to fightGOD in the only way they know possible. 

It might sound like a book filled with very heavy topics, and for the mostpart, it is. However, what I loved most about The Cure was the subtleways in which humor was incorporated into the text, especially in the beginningof the book. This humor definitely sets a nice, light mood to the story beforethe book gradually becomes more serious and gets to the heavy, ethical issues.All of the characters introduced at the beginning of the book are clones ofpeople from the past; with a plot set in the future, the past is sometimestoday's present. Genny's dad, for example, is a clone of the historical actorwith an amazing voice, Morrison Freedman. And her little brother is a clone ofa man known for his musical talents and original dance moves, Elson Priestley.As a native of Memphis, I highly appreciated the Elvis references, and I couldnot stop laughing as I pictured an eight-year-old with great hair calling allthe ladies "mama" and referring to Nat as Genny's "burnin'hunka-love." I can't even write this sentence right now without laughingout loud. 

As far as any negatives go, I have to stretch to find any. A few times in thestory, I felt like Genny and Nat were rushing into things without carefullyplanning or fully thinking about the consequences of their actions.Additionally, they fell in love way too fast for my personal tastes. However,in the end, their irrational behavior is what I think made the story feel evenmore authentic. They are young (seventeen and eighteen-years-old) and thinkthey have the whole world figured out already. They're optimistic that they canchange the world, even though they have no clue what they are doing. I wasexactly the same way when I was that age, so this characterization makes thestory even more believable, despite the fact that this is a completelyfictional story. 

In the end, my negative points were not so negative after all. Due to the greatstory-line, excellent characterization, thought-provoking topics, and justall-around fun-to-read book, I give The Cure a rating of 4 outof 4 stars. If we're lucky, there might just be a sequel, as the ending wasopen enough that there could certainly be more to come. I would recommend thisbook to those who enjoy YA romance or dystopian stories.

--ALynn Powers, Online Book Club.org

Product Details

  • File Size: 3814 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Publisher: CHBB Publishing (February 11, 2016)
  • Publication Date: February 11, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01BOD1TI8
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Genesis Weatherby is by all rights a typical teenager, except everyone in her world, her included, are clones. For over 100 years the Genetic Operations Division has produced code-regenerations from people whose DNA was cancer free. Non-clone births, Originals, are illegal and are seen as a threat to this perfect, cancer-free, dystopian society. When Genny meets and falls in love with the new transfer to her school from Britain, Nat Wilkinson, she starts to question everything she has been taught.

Hagan writes a compelling and believable story set in future. The Cure is nicely paced and has the right amount of twists and climatic build-up. The characters are well developed. This young adult novel is hard to put down.

The story is told from Genny’s point of view. The reader is drawn into her struggles as she comes to grips with the realities so many choose to ignore. You can feel the genuine love she has for her family and best friends, Renata and Sigby. Genny is stubborn and that character flaw tends to cause her the most trouble, especially when it comes to Nat and her safety.

This is a good start to the series. It has an original concept and is well written. I look forward to reading Hagan’s next book.
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That person who gave this story a 1 star is hilarious. For one, this book is not a gay romance ‘Broke Back Mountain’ novel, two, it’s not about ‘Christian religion’ either. Just because it has the abbreviation GOD in it and is called 'The Cure' with heavenly lights in the background of the front cover, don’t expect it to be some religious inspired novel. That guy who clearly gave it a 1 star must of thought exactly that, and once he came to the part of the book with Genny’s gay best friend Sigby, who is just a normal gay person by the way -which is of course fully accepted in society with set in 2150- he got all homophobic. The only gay part about this story is one simple very comical character who makes the story that so much better, it's the opposite of gay because the story is based around Genny and Nat's relationship. I loved this story. Very accurate futuristic portrayal and an intelligent read. The dialogue between the complex characters is hilarious and it’s pretty funny how the organization who controls the cloning is called GOD so the word GOD is constantly thrown in there, a cool play on words. The main character falls head over heals for this hunk called Nat, and the story begins from there. Excellent and I highly recommend it!
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By Jayelle on February 13, 2016
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*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

Genesis Weatherby is a clone, like everyone else in the world in the future. Everyone is a clone of someone, whether famous or not. Cloning is run by GOD-the Genetics Operations Division. Procreation is on legal if it's a code-regeneration by GOD. This was put into play to eradicate cancer.

Genny has been taught that Original births threaten the world by reintroducing cancer into society. But where do the nightmares she, and her baby sister Ember, have come from? After meeting British newcomer Natane Wilkinson, Genny begins to question everything she has been taught. Genny and Nat decide to change the world, one child at a time.

This was a very refreshing book to read. I loved the concept of cloning and Original births. The story is really original and I loved the characters. Genesis and Natane have a real bond and want to really change the world for the better. I adore their gay friend Sigby. He is a riot! Their friend Renata is that really down to earth friend who keeps everyone grounded.

If you are looking for something that has a bit of science fiction, a dystopian society and some romance, I definitely recommend this. Great story! Looking forward to reading more from this author.
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Tania Hagan has a smashing hit on her hands! She spun a tale of a realistic, yet horrifying life for humankind. Set in the future, this dystopian novel offers a fresh and unique approach to the imperfect worlds of the dystopian genre. From romance, action, adventure to suspense, this novel offers a bit of everything for everyone. It is also well suited for ages 12 and up. Young and old alike will love this one!

The writing is excellent, the descriptions are vivid and the characters are not only believable but lovable, too. They will live on in my memory for some time to come.

Gifted an advanced reader copy, I read the book in two sittings because I literally could not put it down! And I'm betting you won't be able to put it down either.

Because this novel is set to release in February 2016, I will not offer any spoilers. Instead, please heed my advice and pounce on it the moment it publishes. You will not be sorry!

I enthusiastically look forward to any future books written by this author and feel it is safe to say that she should enjoy a long and successful career.
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A new and different look into the future.

In order to eradicate diseases and the cancer epidemic, G.O.D. has initiated cloning instead of procreating naturally. The author choose this oxymoron which translates to Genetics Operating Division. (When people decide to play 'GOD' an inhumane society is born)

The main characters of Genesis and boyfriend Nat are typical teenagers that question the past and present state of affairs and the cloning process. Seeking the truth about the disappearance of a few of their friends, which might have illegally procreated the story escalates.

The G.O.D has means of persecution and wiping out illegal pregnancies and the people who created them.

I never give spoilers. But, tension builds as Genesis and Nat demonstrate their unwillingness to conform and things go awry.
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