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Posted March 20, 2012
This story mostly follows two different girls. The first is Mis
This story mostly follows two different girls. The first is Mishalla who is assigned to be a caretaker of young children. Mishalla quickly realizes that things are not good at her facility as her supervisor will come in the middle of the night and forcefully remove selected children. If she complains or gets in the way of the enforcers, she faces being realigned. When you are realigned, it is like being reprogrammed, everything you were is gone and replaced with new programming. You don’t remember your friends, your family, or even your old self.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The other is girl Kayla and she has been assigned as a caretaker for an elderly disabled man, Zul Manel. Kayla tries to do everything right for fear of being realigned, but someone passes her a secret package and asks her to carry it into the high society position she is going to. The family of Zul doesn’t want her there and Kayla quickly realizes the old man treats her differently from everyone else. She soon realizes that Zul might know about her secret and that he might be willing to help her achieve her secret goal.
When I first started reading this story, there were a lot of unfamiliar terms in the first few chapters and it was difficult to decipher their meanings from the text. After a couple of chapters it did get a bit easier. As with any new world, there was a lot of world building that had to be done. Once I was past the first few chapters the terminology got easier and the story got much more interesting.
I did feel that this story was going to continue into a second book, but I haven’t seen any series listings or information on a next book. I just think that the story can go on and I am not ready to quit with the story of Kayla and the other TankBorns.
Posted February 15, 2012
The energy behind Tankborn’s intriguing story had me glued to the pages from the beginning. We are introduced to a world where Genetically Engineered Non-humans, or GENs, are produced to perform designated jobs. In reality, they are slaves that are obligatory into subjection and at the mercy of a brutal caste system putting them at the very bottom. Karen Sandler’s very detailed and well thought-out society and the two different religions to which humans and GENs follow were very fascinating. The development of the characters was solid and there were moments I felt compassion and grief for them.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The story follows two GEN friends, Kayla and Mishalla. They are reaching the age when they will find out their assignments. During this transition, they ultimately discover who they really are and they really stand for. Meanwhile, there is an unhurried romance build up for the two GENs.
This is a very pleasant dystopian novel with memorable characters living in a complex story. The words within the pages paced nicely. Sandler’s description of the struggle of the lower class, the present status of the human race, and the explanation of the GENs were genius. I certainly hope that a sequel will come forth because I was saddened when I turned the last page. I would like to just even get a glimpse of where the story takes Kayla and Mishalla beyond the last page.
Posted October 9, 2011
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Here's a new one on "1984" and "Animal Farm," combined! Pay attention to Karen Sandler when she writes! "Tankborn," refers to the quasi-people and animal mixes (GENs) Sandler's new world produces by way of gene-DNA-splicing to birth "lowborns." These "lowborns" are made to be the workers, indeed the slaves, of the new world--and to set the lowest chaste of the society. While the GENs think and feel for the most part at different levels parceled out to them, they can be reprogrammed and reset to perform tasks. They can also be killed and abused at a whim. These tankborns are the most vulnerable and disposable of all "people" in society. In addition, they've been created to set the lowest rung of the societal scale, creating a hierarchy for marking the "trueborns." They are cloaked in superstition, have mottled and a plethra of different skin colors and hair texture, and can also resemble some of the animals spliced into their genes. Into this tankborn mix we're introduced to our main characters Kayla and her "tanksister," Mishalla. They, of course, have no idea if they are sisters, but their close friendship keeps them connected. At the age of puberty Gen's are separated from their Nurtur and given an Assignment. Kayla's Assignment to an elderly highborn allows her path to cross with her friend who is operating as a Nurtur for baby orphans. In a nutshell, the babies begin to be "taken" or to disappear. Disturbed by this, Kayla and Mishalla work together to find out why and where they're taken. Kayla suspects she may have been one of these disappeared babies since she has a different face pattern and personality than the other tankborns. She's always felt different from her fellow GENs. I've given you as much of the background story as I can without spoiling it for you! Now, it's up to you to discover the secrets of this captivating book, and to make your own conclusions about the gene-splicing. I found "Tankborn" a book I didn't want to stop reading. Its difference lies in the realism Ms Sandler creates around her characters. This is not a too sweet and too romantic story, but one with a contemplative warning. She presents her story as if it takes place in this timeframe, and as if it reflects our own society or one that could be closely related to ours in the 21st century. The concept of a hierarchy in society isn't a new one. The idea of enslaving a group of people to assure the "haves" remain in control, in power and at the top of the financial structure is familiar throughout history. Revolt and rising up against tyranny is inate, as well. I thoroughly enjoyed "Tankborn," and can recommend it to you. It's one I would get for your Kindle or Nook. 4 unspliced stars Deborah/TheBookishDameWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 9, 2011
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Description: Tankborn by Karen Sandler begins with friends Kayla and Mishalla, two Genetically Engineered Non-humans, (GENs), and the futuristic caste society in which they live. Both girls live in the slumlands and are treated as vagrants because all GENs are created, modified, and born in tanks, not in a human mother's womb. Non-GENs get a choice in their upbringing and future, but for Kayla and Mishalla the future is bleak. The only assignment is that of slavery. Kayla manages to be assigned to the service of an trueborn elderly man named Zul Manel as a caregiver to his family and children, and it is here that she discovers the terrible reality of what it really means to be a tankborn GEN. Especially when the children of the Manel household begin disappearing and Kayla must find out who she can trust in order to find the children before it is too late. Review: I received Tankborn from publisher Lee and Low Books on NetGalley and immediately loaded it into my Kindle because I had been hearing good things about it; and guess what, the rumors were true! I like a book with a strong plot, developed characters, fast-paced dialogue, and a sci-fi twist, all of which I found in this beautifully covered ebook. I recently discovered the Dystopian genre and this was a welcome addition to my collection. I loved the terminology as well as the use of the caste system. The rich descriptions of color, race, and class added to the beautiful language usage, especially when describing characters like Kayla, Jal, and Zul. I am a really visual person, so the more details the better. The pace of the book was well appreciated, it took me a few hours to finish, and it was engrossing enough that I was sad when I turned the last digital page and realized it was over. Overall, Tankborn was thoroughly enjoyable Dystopian read that was put together Velcro-tight and had me wishing there was more to be read. Rating: On the Run (4.5/5)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 21, 2011
Unique young adult sf
Kayla and Mishalla are GENS (Genetically Engineered Non-humans), people made from human and animal DNA to be slaves for the high class trueborns. When each receives their Assignments on their 15th year, they find themselves involved with something more involving the children Mishalla is assigned to care for and the trueborn family Kayla works for.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I can honestly compare this favorably with the few Octavia Butler books I've read. And that is high praise indeed. While Tankborn seemed a bit heavy-handed sometimes with the genetically engineered slave concept, it was still a really enjoyable read and pretty thought-provoking. Kayla and Mishalla are ready made sympathetic characters and it is easy to care for them and their plight. The castes system in the book was a little confusing to me with the trueborns, lowborns and GENS and all the classifications in the middle. But really it was important to establish who everyone was and how they all fit together. Like I said, I really liked Kayla and Mishalla and their romantic interests were pretty likeable too. I liked seeing the growth of Devak, the grandson of Kayla's Assignment. The conspiracy of the plot was fairly surprising and actually a little horrifying as I become invested in all the characters. There were a few subplots that were not addressed and so I wonder if they are planning a sequel.
Posted August 27, 2011
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This is a great science fiction book for readers that normally don't read science fiction to ease into the genre. This book is not confusing in the slightest, the author explains quite well while still incorporating the facts into the novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Kayla is the first character the reader meets. She is a Tankborn, the part of society created to satisfy the desires of the lowborn-who did not want to be the lowest rung of society. The Tankborn also contain animal genes that are meant to enhance their skills at their jobs for the other members of society. Kayla is sent, at the tender age of sixteen, to care for an older man's basic needs. She finds herself caught up in a world of secrets and intrigue.
Mishalla is Kayla's best friend and also a Tankborn. She is sent to care for lowborn orphans...but they keep disappearing randomly. She knows she has to find out what is going on and why.
The characters in this book are daring, brave, kind, and caring. The reader will really form a connection with Kayla and Mishalla. They are extremely likable. Their thoughts and actions keep the reader updated and make it that much easier to understand the story. The plot is interesting and fits the dystopian and science fiction genres perfectly. The events flow well together and are fast-paced. This book was surprisingly fun to read and recommended to those who enjoy science fiction, dystopian novels, and intrigue.
Posted May 24, 2013
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