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Cyborg (The Clone Codes Series #2)

Cyborg (The Clone Codes Series #2)

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by Fredrick L. McKissack, Patricia C. McKissack, John McKissack

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The CLONE CODES sci-fi adventure trilogy continues with this second book that blends a futuristic society with pivotal moments in world history.

In the next Clone Codes installment, Houston, a cyborg, tells his story. Set in the year 2130, The World Federation of Nations determines through laws and regulations that all enhanced persons with three or more


The CLONE CODES sci-fi adventure trilogy continues with this second book that blends a futuristic society with pivotal moments in world history.

In the next Clone Codes installment, Houston, a cyborg, tells his story. Set in the year 2130, The World Federation of Nations determines through laws and regulations that all enhanced persons with three or more synthetic body or organ replacements are classified as three-fifths of a human being. As such, Houston is considered less than human and must fight to overcome the rules of his strange universe. Drawing on parallels to slavery, terrorism, caste system oppression, and war, readers confront the troubling and complex moral questions probed throughout history.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Rachel Wadham
Houston Ye became a cyborg after a boating accident left him with several mechanical parts. Alienated from his family and friends, Houston created a new family amongst the other cyborgs on the Moon. Leanna, who has been trying to take on the political establishment as a member of the Library Bell Movement (a group who is trying to regain the freedoms of all members of society),becomes Houston's friend. This friendship soon draws Houston into the controversy when the laws governing cyborgs become even more restrictive, and Houston and his friends must combat extreme oppression while on the run from the law. As with the first book in this series, The Clone Codes (Scholastic Press, 2010), one expects much from the talented McKissacks, but once again this title falls flat. A unique premise with vivid connections to important historical events gives this work a lot of potential; however, the result is didactic and lackluster. Houston is an intriguing character who faces real stress with his family relationships and in finding his own identity. Despite this, the setting is undefined and the use of made-up words is just distracting. While connecting the futuristic events of the novel to the civil rights movement is laudable, the execution lacks the context and power to make history come to life. While the authors' names alone will make this a solid acquisition, its poor quality will not bring in many fans. Reviewer: Rachel Wadham
Children's Literature - Justina Engebretson
It is the year 2170 and there are four groups of people in the world: Firsts, Wholers, Clones, and Cyborgs. Firsts are considered humans who have less than three artificial body parts. Wholers are those who are purely human, with no artificial parts, and clones are not human at all. Then there are the Cyborgs, humans who have three or more artificial body parts, and this is the group that seventeen-year-old Houston Ye belongs to. Living on the moon with his guardian, friends, and RUBy, the artificial intelligent spaceship he stole, Houston Ye is free from living under the restrictive laws of the Cyborg Act of 2130. However, trouble begins to brew when Taylor Graham becomes the new Chancellor of The World Federation of Nations. With his rise to power, the new Wholer Act is established which now deems any human with even a single artificial body part or organ to be a Cyborg. When the Chancellor demands that the Governor of the Moon Base turn over Houston and his friends, they must make a run for it if they are to escape. Yet their place of escape is Earth where even more trouble awaits. On Earth, Houston and his misfit friends become an active part of the Liberty Bell Movement, which is fighting for the freedom of those deemed less than human. This young adult reader will capture the attention of teenage boys who enjoy science fiction. At the end of the book, a comparison between events in the past, such as Hitler's reign, are compared with events in the future, such as the Wholers' drive for a pure human race. Such comparisons can be useful to a social studies teacher to prompt class discussion about history and how it can repeat itself. Reviewer: Justina Engebretson
School Library Journal
Gr 4�7—It is the year 2171, and scientists have learned to clone human beings and replace body parts, but at a price. Houston Ye is on a boat with his mother when he has an accident. Doctors are able to save his life, but they have to replace his eye, arm, leg, and heart with biofe parts. He is now a cyborg in a world where cyborgs are discriminated against and treated as second-class citizens. He and his friends Leanna (the clone from the first novel) and Carlos stand up to the cyborg community, which is trying to use violent protests against the passing of the Wholer Act. They use examples of Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to convince the cyborgs to use nonviolent protests to change the laws. This sci-fi adventure is mixed with historical comparisons with Ernest Shackleton's crew and the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. It's a fast-paced book, sometimes too much so. There is little character development, and the plot takes sudden jumps that makes it difficult to follow. The novel includes background information on the laws dealing with clones and cyborgs, a brief history of the events that led up to this time, as well as a "yesterday and tomorrow" section that compares the events in the story to historical events. Additional.—Erik Carlson, White Plains Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews

The second book of the Clone Codes (Clone Codes,2010) focuses on Houston Ye, the teen cyborg who helped the clone Leanna escape the government forces seeking her in fulfillment of its policy of discrimination against any deemed not completely human. Houston's life was saved by technology, but his nonhuman status resulted in abandonment by his family. Now he finds himself on a hijacked spaceship with Leanna and a boy genius heading for the Moon to look for the protection of his guardian, another cyborg, who had been a friend of his father. The Moon, away from the attention of the Federation, has become a place where Firsts (fully human), cyborgs and clones can get along. The Federation decides to clamp down further on cyborgs, triggering a wave of protests modeled on the Civil Rights movement. The McKissacks continue to successfully draw parallels between a futuristic world that tries to control those considered different and historic racial struggles. The characters are drawn without much complexity, but the worldbuilding is intriguing, there is plenty of action and ethnic diversity in a science-fiction tale is welcome. (Science fiction. 12 & up)

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Scholastic, Inc.
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Clone Codes Series
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Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)
710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Patricia and Fredrick McKissack are the authors of numerous award-winning books, including REBELS AGAINST SLAVERY: AMERICAN SLAVE REVOLTS and BLACK HANDS, WHITE SAILS: THE STORY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN WHALERS, both Coretta Scott King Honor Books, and SOJOURNER TRUTH: AIN’T I A WOMAN? a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. Patricia and Fredrick McKissack live in St. Louis, Missouri. John McKissack resides in Memphis, Tennessee.

Patricia C.and Fredrick L. McKissack are the authors of numerous and acclaimed books, including REBELS AGAINST SLAVERY: AMERICAN SLAVE REVOLTS and BLACK HAND, WHITE SAILS: THE STORY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN WHALERS, both CSK Honor Books. They have also collaborated on SOJOURNER TRUTH: AIN’T I A WOMAN?, a CSK Honor Book, winner of an NAACP Image Award, and a Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. For the first time this husband-wife team invites their grown son, John McKissack, a mechanical engineer, to join them as a technical advisor in the creation of this new series.

The elder McKissacks live in St. Louis, MO. John lives in Memphis, TN with his wife, Michelle, and three sons, John, Everett and Peter.

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Cyborg 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
After I read THE CLONE CODES, I was hoping that the authors would follow up with a story about Houston, the Cyborg that helped Leanna escape. Thankfully, CYBORG is his story. Huey wasn't always a Cyborg. When he was 7, he was in a boating accident. When he awakens in a clinic, he has a different eye, arm, leg, and artificial heart. According to the World Federation of Nations, a Cyborg is anyone having three or more synthetic body replacements. So, with Houston's four new parts, he is officially a Cyborg and, thus, subject to the Cyborg Act. Houston, Leanna, and their small band of rebels have landed at Shackelton City on the Moon. The City is run (unofficially) by Rizin, another Cyborg. Rizin was a war hero and friends with those after Leanna. But when he became a Cyborg, he became nothing in Taylor and Spiller's eyes. Rizin helps the group in many ways. As the unrest grows, Leanna wants to turn herself in. She is the key that the rebellion has kept secret - a true clone that grew up not knowing she was a clone. Houston will do what he can to protect her. Houston encounters a long-lost family member that he never expected to see again. More surprisingly, the family member may just help them out. In the end, the story is left hanging, yet again. The group is still out there fighting for justice. Don't let the short length of this novel stop you. It packs a powerful punch. Houston has replacement parts. With technology today, it's not hard to imagine such things. CYBORG makes the reader stop and think about the power government has and what happens when society goes along with everything. CYBORG is reminiscent of Robin Wasserman's WIRED and Mary Pearson's THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX. What makes us human? Read CYBORG and then think about it.
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