By- Victoria Escobar
Genre- YA Sci-Fi
Publication Date- November 4th
I had no name. My assignment was M001/A5. Marpesia Project Test One, Fifth Embryo. I wasn’t considered human. I was a thing to be owned.
I just wanted freedom. I wanted out of the lab and away from being the guinea pig for hundreds of scientists. I wanted to see the world with my eyes not through a computer monitor.
Instead I took two bullets, fell from twenty stories and ran to save my life. From who and what I had no idea and that wasn’t important at the time. Life was important.
I had my freedom but no idea what to do with it. There’s no way to out run the past, and I had to face it. There were too many strings loose and too many people that would be more than happy to lock me in a cage again.
Life was an evolution of natural selection but thanks to human intervention I was Unnatural. I would be deciding who to allow living, and who needed to die.
This story grabbed from the very first page and had me fevering for the main character before the first couple of chapters were done.
A teenage girl has been brought up in a lab and not even given a name since her engineers don't really consider her human. She's been genetically engineered and the only successful case in the entire project. But she wants more than a life in a cage. Her escape is fast-paced, and her enemies dangerous - the perfect recipe for a great story.
I enjoyed following Charlie, as she is later named, and had no trouble sympathizing with her. Her actions were well thought-out and understandable. Even when she runs into her first 'friends', the author does a terrific job bringing insecurities and inexperience to life. The interaction and growth of these friendships was believable and well done.
Although I really enjoyed this story, I personally would have liked a little more action, mystery and tension in the last chapters. The fight scenes are well described and when the bad guys come, tension rises, but it would have been nice to see just a little more at the end. As it was, I read the entire thing in one sitting and wouldn't mind reading a book #2.
Summed up, this story takes a great twist in the questions of genetic engineering and the moral boundaries, while throwing it into an adventurous and fast-paced YA adventure. It's definitely worth a read.
Born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but with the ability to claim eight states as home; Victoria Escobar writes fiction from her current home in New York. She writes whatever comes to mind and because of such has a variety of genres written including Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, and Contemporary Fiction.
In spare time if not with family, and friends Victoria enjoys curling up with a book from a favorite author with music playing. If not reading or writing she spends time drawing, sketching, crocheting, or some other random art project. She enjoys staying busy, but most of all enjoys staying creative.