- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Rhiza Press (September 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1925139093
- ISBN-13: 978-1925139099
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
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From the Author
Science has rewritten his genetic death sentence, but Blaine Colton's new life comes crashing down when he's told his treatment was never approved. Integrate takes the reader on a fast-paced search for truth as Blaine grapples with his unexpected circumstances and his personal value in a world that idolises perfection and achievement. Integrate encourages readers to look beyond the performance criteria often used to measure worth, and consider the humanity of the vulnerable in our society.
About the Author
Adele Jones is an Australian author of young adult and historical novels, poetry and short fiction, and inspirational non-fiction works.
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I particularly enjoyed the protagonist. Blaine Colton has spent much of his life confined to a wheelchair, trapped within his own body, barely able to communicate with the outside world. His story gave me a small insight into the frustrations that such a life must entail. The science woven through the book was fascinating. Enough for me to learn something interesting, without overpowering the story.
I look forward to seeing what the future next has in store for Colton in books 2 and 3.
Blaine Colton’s goals are the same as any teen and to prove it he has obtained his learner’s permit and will soon be driving. But Blaine is not the normal teen. Born with Mitochondrial Disease, Blaine should have died before age 10. Now the only thing keeping him alive is Professor Ramer’s Cure, pills that regulate his body and fight off high fevers and seizures. But Dr. Melissa Hartfield warns Blaine that he is an illegal GMO—Genetically Modified Organism—and that he is putting his family and friends at risk by contact with them. And why would a doctor lie?
Blaine’s life begins to unravel when he is kept at a scientific research facility against his will and is running out of Ramer’s Cure. Worse yet, his unquestioning love for his adoptive parents comes under attack. He is informed that his parents did not know about his Mitochondrial Disease when they adopted him.
Blaine can’t stop thinking about one night of near heavenly bliss spent with his best friends Sophie and her brother Jett. More time with Sophie tops Blaine’s priorities…and yet…if he is an illegal GMO, will he ever have the right to love and be loved?
Blaine isn’t sure what’s happening, but he knows he needs to escape the Institute, and keep out of the clutches of Dr Hartfield and her cronies. And he needs to get more pills, so he seeks help from his former next-door neighbour, Sophie Faraday. But Dr Hartfield has already contacted Sophie, who now doesn’t know who’s telling the truth: Blaine, or the doctor?
Integrate is a fast-paced psychological thriller set in Brisbane, Australia. The plot is excellent, with enough science to keep it interesting, but not so much that it dissolves into technobabble. I liked the way all the little bits tied up at the end, yet still leaves room for a sequel (I’d like to see more of Blaine, Sophie and Jett).
Blaine is mature for his age, having come through the disabilities he faced in childhood with a strong sense of self, and no desire to return to the person he used to be. He’s fighting for his life in a different way, and has to persuade Sophie and others that he’s not violent or deranged—a difficult task when he’s only partway through his cure and his physical health is failing.
The other characters are good as well. They all feel like real people, with a mixture of good and bad points. They make mistakes, judge things incorrectly, and get frustrating. Annoying, but just like real people in real life. All in all, Integrate is a good read. Recommended.
Thanks to Rhiza Press for providing a free ebook for review.
Highly recommended for teens looking for something different to the usual vampire/dystopian offerings. Integrate is about believable young people in contemporary life, but with one big challenge. Medical/science theme.