Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Freak of Nature/Fractured Innocence

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.

Kaitlyn finds an unlikely ally in Lucas, a handsome, brilliant scientist who can’t get over the guilt he feels knowing she was once a vibrant, beautiful young woman. He never expected a science project to affect him the way she does. As he tries to help her rediscover her past, he finds himself falling for the brave girl struggling to find her place and acceptance between the human and computer worlds.

I couldn't put this book down. It was a very fast read. I think it took me maybe three hours to read it but I was hooked. I was seriously invested with knowing what was going to happen to Kaitlyn. Freak of Nature reminded me of a prequel. So many bad ass female character books start out where the heroine is already a bad ass. You get glimpses of how they came to be that way or later you make get a novella that goes back and explains. This series starts off telling us how Kaitlyn became how she is. She wakes up not knowing anything about her past. She just knows that she was killed and saved by brilliant scientists and made into an android. She has a computer brain that can analyze and assess any situation but can't understand simple slang terms.  

In the beginning she has only one friend, Quess. Quess is also the only one who knows that she actually has her own thoughts and feelings. Quess is such an awesome character. She explains so much to Kaitlyn and she has such a larger than life personality. She also feels so bad for what was done to Kaitlyn, even when Kaitlyn doesnt even understand why she would be upset in the first place.

“Crying doesn’t hurt. But when you cry, it’s because your heart does.”

Kaitlyn also has the biggest crush on one of the scientists, Lucas. I did not like Lucas at first. It didnt seem real to me. Yeah, he felt really guilty about what was done to Kaitlyn but I just didnt trust him. 

 “A pulse of current invaded Kaitlyn’s brain, and she straightened up in her seat. It wasn’t painful; it was more of an annoyance. Like a slight buzz between her temples. Maybe even a tickle. She found it somewhat interesting that the test never picked up on her body's awareness of Lucas. Obviously, the computers didn’t know everything.” 

 She ends up finding an ally in Lucas. Before being sold to the government, Lucas gives her back her memories. After running away and going back to her old hometown she realizes that there is so much more she wants to do than be sold off and treated like she isn't human. 

 “I don’t want to be just a weapon,” Kaitlyn said firmly. “I want to be a solution,” 

 “It was amazing that such beauty existed and then there was such ugliness in the world.” 

She reminds me of watching Bones. At the beginning, Temperance Brennan didn't make friends easily, was brutally honest and didn't understand normal slang and was constantly saying, "I don't know what that means." That is so much like Kaitlyn. I love watching her learn and grow. Even after Quess suggests putting in a slang chip, she still doesn't understand why some things are said.  

Kaitlyn and Erik are sent on a mission to track down Vance Dasvoik, a ruthless monster. His latest thrill—abducting and selling young women.

Vance's current victim: Aaliyah, a seventeen-year-old who never imagined walking her brother home from school one evening would change her life forever.

The mission quickly turns personal for Kaitlyn when she finds Aaliyah beaten, her mind and soul fractured from abuse of the worst kind. Kaitlyn knows firsthand what it's like to be haunted by the past and resolves to bring justice to the elusive Dasvoik.

Let me start by saying, I really realized in this book that these are NOT YA. These books are clearly NA. Not nearly as hardcore as some other NA that I have read but isn't NA just supposed to target that age group? Doesn't mean it has to have crazy amounts of explicit sex in it. 

 This one was WAY better than than the first one. Kaitlyn is trained to be the best. We see a new character in Erik, who is the best of the best, military wise. They become partners and train together. We also see from Aaliyas point of view as well. Aaliyah is kidnapped and sold into slavery and her side is not pleasant at all. She becomes Dasvoik's favorite and is brutally beaten and raped almost beyond repair. Her story was so heartbreaking and so real.

Kaitlyn is still trying to understand feelings and simple things as small talk. While staying at a remote location with Lucas, Eric, Harrington, Nick and Ace. Ace is an old partner of Eric and Kaitlyn has to deal wih a new feeling, jealousy.

Ace and Nick do not know what she is and trying to act completely human around them is hard for her. Her idea of small talk is bringing up the fact that Ace's wife cant have kids to him.

I can always tell when I really liked a book. I was so into it, I didn't highlight anything! I devoured this book and was so upset that the third one was not out yet! 

I give the first one a 3 1/2 star but the second a 5 star. 

Show the author some love!!



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