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Genesis Girl (Blank Slate) Paperback – June 14, 2016
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Gr 8 Up—As a student vestal at Tabula Rasa, 18-year-old Blanca does not have a digital fingerprint. Protected and sheltered from all Internet and social media, the vestals lack a digital presence, which sets them apart and makes them valuable to corporations interested in fresh-faced advertising. At her postgraduation auction, Blanca is sold for $35 million to Cal, a wealthy businessman who wants Blanca to help bring his son Seth, an Internet addict, back into his life. The idea of Internet addicts and cell phone-induced brain cancer makes this title stand out among today's saturated YA dystopia market. Readers who don't question the premise too closely will be treated to an action-packed plot full of futuristic digital technology, sleek motorcycles, and high-speed chases. Though the romance takes off a bit quickly, a friendship develops as Seth and Blanca learn more about each other. Early on, the protagonist is truly a "blank slate," waiting for orders from her purchaser and falling back on what she learned at Tabula Rasa. She does not know how to make her own decisions. But as she discovers more about the institution and its founder, Blanca finally begins to question her school, her teachers, and even the other vestals. VERDICT The premise is far-fetched, but the plot is fun and full of action. A popular choice among teens who love dystopian fiction.—Leigh Collazo, Dulwich College, Suzhou, China
"The idea of Internet addicts and cell phone-induced brain cancer makes this title stand out among today's saturated YA dystopia market. Readers who don't question the premise too closely will be treated to an action-packed plot full of futuristic digital technology, sleek motorcycles, and high-speed chases." -School Library Journal
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Blanca's been trained, like the others, to obey without question. So she doesn't question a lot of things...including why Vestals raised to never be photographed, to never take part in the voracious media madness, would suddenly, when they reach the right age, be auctioned off to the highest bidder and become the media faces of huge global companies.
But when a media hound breaks into the Vestal compound and manages to get a photograph of Blanca, he sets in motion a chain of events that forces Blanca to face the truth right in front of her eyes...and to discover truths even more dangerous that have been carefully hidden.
Exciting, action-packed, full of suspense. I found that this book didn't cleave to a predictable, routine format, so I was constantly being surprised by what developed. I even had suspicions of certain characters, who turned out to be different than I supposed. The author uses the filter of Blanca's naive and inexperienced point of view to make certain plot twists even more effective. Then Blanca begins to learn and change, so the reader can discover how things really are, right along with her.
I finished it fast, and I'm still thinking about it. GENESIS GIRL is a winner!
Now that I am no longer drugged and I'm thinking about this story, I realize that its now one of my favorite books. I already have my Dad reading this I am so gonna have to buy a physical copy for my bookshelf. Hey Jennifer, wanna sign it for me? ;) This world..I seriously love this world. There is nothing I hate more than when I'm hanging out with someone or I'm out to dinner and they can't put their damn cell phone down. This book addresses what I feel like an internet addicted world can become. I loved Blanca and Seth's story and I am anticipating the next book of the blank slate series, I did NOT read the preview for the next book because I didn't want to drive myself crazy with the wait time.
GO READ THIS. NOW.