Friday, June 21, 2013

Freak of Nature by Julia Krane Book Review

Freak of Nature by Julia Krane Book Review


3 out of 5 stars

“Donate Body to Science. Check.

"When seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn checked the box, she never suspected she’d have her life–and her body–stolen from her. She awakens one day in a secret laboratory to discover that her body is now half-robot and is forced to hide her own secret: that she still has human emotions and a human mind. If the scientists who made her find out, they’ll erase what remains of who she was.”- Goodreads (courtesy of

“Half-human, half-machine.”

17-year old Kaitlyn signed up to donate her body to science if she were to die but, of course she didn’t imagine that would happen at 17, not to mention she didn’t know what donating her body to science would entail. She never imagined that in death she would be shipped away to a laboratory to become some “freak of nature.”

Kaitlyn wakes one day to discover she's half-human and half- robot, mostly robot. Sporting limbs you can see through Kaitlyn becomes a project for the scientists who saved her life. She was meant to be a weapon for the government, robotic, with no emotions; except she feels emotions and she feels them for Lucas, one of the creators.

Unsure and confused by her feelings, and Kaitlyn navigates her everyday life trying to conceal her emotions from the scientists who believe she doesn’t have any. Her friend Quess, the granddaughter of one of the creators, and her best friend tells her to hide her emotions so that they can’t take them away from her, and make her even less human. She manages to do so but Lucas, sets off things in her, feelings, she can’t comprehend.

He confronts her about it one day and discovers they both feel the same way about each other although it was believed she couldn’t feel. Lucas is overjoyed and worried. It seems it is time for Kaitlyn to be “sold” off to do her works because she is ready but no matter how much of her has been replaced by machine Kaitlyn knows she doesn’t want to go, and now that Lucas knows too, he wants to stop them.

I want to say that this book totally took my breath away and knocked my socks off but that just didn’t happen. I don’t know if I’m becoming harder to please but I’m just far from excited by my latest reads.

I loved the cover, it's beautiful and very accurate. 

The story line was unique and inviting but the story as a whole was just lacking. The interaction between Kaitlyn and Lucas was flat. The passion between them felt forced and unnatural. I guess it some ways it was. Kaitlyn had a strong character but she wasn’t allowed to progress enough as a character for readers to truly see it.  I enjoyed the writing and its fluidity but it just lacked for me. The cliché to be continued at the end ruined an otherwise semi romantic, and witty ending. As a whole the story was likable but, it just didn't do it for me. 

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