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Tankborn by [Sandler, Karen]
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Advanced genetic engineering and upsettingly plausible caste oppression keep pages turning in this futuristic science fiction tale. . . . A good option for science-fiction fans interested in genetic engineering, rebellion and class issues. --Kirkus Reviews

The author s speculative vision of the darker side of future possibilities in genetic engineering and mind control is both chilling and thought-provoking. This is a dark novel that will appeal to those who enjoyed M.T. Anderson s Feed (Candlewick, 2002), and it would make a good stepping-stone to Anthony Burgess s classic, A Clockwork Orange (W.W. Norton, 1963). --School Library Journal

Read this book and be changed. --Mette Ivie Harrison, author of The Princess and the Hound

About the Author

Karen Sandler is the author of seventeen novels for adults, as well as several short stories and screenplays. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a software engineer, including work on the Space Shuttle program and communications satellites. Sandler first got the idea for Tankborn in the mid-1980s when she wrote it as a screenplay, and over the years while she was writing other books, the idea grew to include the planet Loka and Kayla's life. Sandler lives in northern California with her husband, Gary, and their three cats, and can often be found riding her Andalusian/Morgan mare, Belle. This is her first novel for young adults.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1637 KB
  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books / Tu Books (September 15, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 15, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ODGZDY
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In the 400 years since the end of Earth, human society is a vastly different place on the Planet Loka. There are levitating cars, strange monstrous creatures, and babies that are suddenly taken by the government without any explanation. Best friends Kayla and Mishalla were not born of birth mothers in this world, but were designed to be GENS, Genetically Engineered Non-Humans. Each GEN is enhanced with special skill sets that make them desirable workers for trueborns, who are the wealthy, high status members of society. When Kayla is assigned to work for a dying trueborn named Zul Mandel, she must leave her nurture family and the only home she's ever known--and forced into close proximity with his all-too-attractive grandson Devak.

The GENs are really slaves, forced into servitude and at the mercy of a cruel caste system that treats them as lower than the lowest born human. Skin color, clothing, jewels, land, drugs, and levitating cars are all blatant status symbols in this world, and it's interesting to see how the author works in echoes of previous shameful world events in the segregation of the GENs, the widely-held belief that touching a GEN would result in shriveled skin or crooked bones, and even in the saying "Work will make you safe," which is of course derived from "Work makes us free" from Nazi Germany and "Be happy in your work" from the The Bridge Over the River Kwai. These themes are all intelligently and subtly worked into the book in a way that never feels too blatant or pretentious.

Once the story got going, there are plenty of exciting events and issues to think about. I was fascinated by the well thought-out society as well as the presentation of the two very different religions to which humans and GENs subscribe.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this Dystopian story. The characters are well developed and relate-able, and the pace of the story meant I never got bored or felt the need to "skim" a slow chapter. The addition of the caste system based society was also very interesting, and makes me want to learn more about Indian society.

The setting in the book felt very "possible" to me, in that a dystopian society would probably have this blending of technology AND a return to more rudimentary living, as well as the chasm of quality of living between classes. An imbalance if you would. Another excellent detail of this story is that the end of the book gives you enough closure to be satisfied, but just enough open ended possibilities to be excited about the next book!

It has been a very long time since a story has drawn me in the way Tankborn did, and I eagerly anticipate the release of it's sequels! If you enjoyed Birthmarked, Matched, Hunger Games and similar Dystopian Young Adult reads, you will most likely enjoy Tankborn as well!
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I nearly didn’t finish this book, but I am oh so glad I stuck with it!

In this YA sci fi novel, author Karen Sandler tells the story of best friends Kayla and Mishalla- GENs (Genetically Engineered Nonhumans) who, upon their fifteenth birthday, are sent on their assignment. You see, when a GEN reaches that age, they leave their nurture mother and assume the role they were artificially created for- to be a thankless drudge to trueborns. Trueborns- the first class, elite of society, were born humans, whereas GENs were gestated in a tank; a blend of human and animal DNA resulting in neurological differences and a telling tattoo on their cheek. As if their physical disparities didn’t separate them enough, a strict caste system ensured that GENs, lowborns, and trueborns all kept to their respective roles and places.

Only, Kayla’s assignment as caretaker to a wealthy and influential trueborn ends up being challenging in more ways than one. Secrets, near-reset experiences, and a handsome grandson all serve to complicate matters. Then the children Mishalla is assigned to care for keep going missing, and danger and intrigue follow her as well. Will they be able to solve the mysteries surrounding their respective assignments, or will they be reset and realigned trying?

I loved, loved LOVED the world building in this novel! The concept of genetic engineering, the elaborate construction of an alternative society, the complex technology, the religious beliefs held by the main characters… it was great! Plus, it starred characters who weren’t the typical blonde haired, blue eyed heroines! So refreshing! Yay for diverse books!

On the flip side, I almost didn’t finish the book.
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Really great story, excellent world development, interesting characters. Really liked our heroine, Kayla and those of her caste. A future world built on a rigid caste system and those who struggle against it. Such questions about separated classes, defining people by skin color and birth status (or means of birth), what defines someone as human, is it moral to "play God" and how does that compare to current scientific research and genetic manipulation. So not just an exciting and interesting story with drama and romance and mystery, but one that raises so many ethical issues and how the world of "Loka" compares to our world. Great story- read it!!!! HAPPY READING!!!
Tim
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