Masque

Masque

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by F. Paul Wilson, Matthew J. Costello
     
 

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Tristan has no identity, no face, no family, no rights. He is a perfect spy: an artificially created human whose metamorphic DNA can be programmed with "masques"--genetic copies of anyone--over and over again. Until his body breaks down. But Tristan's masters offer him humanity, citizenship, and a permanent shape in exchange for one last mission. Now, Tristan must…  See more details below

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Tristan has no identity, no face, no family, no rights. He is a perfect spy: an artificially created human whose metamorphic DNA can be programmed with "masques"--genetic copies of anyone--over and over again. Until his body breaks down. But Tristan's masters offer him humanity, citizenship, and a permanent shape in exchange for one last mission. Now, Tristan must play a masquerade that will save--or destroy--an entire people.

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VOYA - Linda Roberts
Tristan is a secret agent for the Kaze Glom about to embark on his final mission. He is a mime; a cloned human being whose DNA can be programmed to transform into a genetic copy of any human or creature. Mimes are owned by the gloms and treated as property until they achieve "selfhood" where they are programmed into one "masque" or identity and become free to live out the rest of their lives as they wish. Tristan's mission involves entering the data center of a rival glom and smuggling out information. Not long into the mission, he realizes that it does not feel right-it is almost too easy. Only after he returns with the "data" does he learn, to his horror, that he was tricked into bringing back a virus that destroys the entire mime population of Kaze Glom. Now he is the target of not only Kaze Glom and the rival Flagge Glom but also of Proteus, a rebel group of runaway mimes fighting for total mime freedom. Only by entering the heart of Flagge Glom and destroying the virus can he redeem himself and prevent a mime holocaust. This high-tech adventure captures the reader's attention with the first sentence and the suspense does not stop until the last one. The action takes place in the year 2058. With our twentieth-century technology we have already cloned animals and are now mapping the human genome, so it is easy to believe that fifty years from now genetic engineering will be an everyday occurrence. Masque has all of the elements teens love: action, suspense, romance (with just a hint of sex), gadgets, blood and gore, deformed creatures, and a happy ending. It is also thought-provoking. The plight of the mimes in 2058 is very reminiscent of slavery in the nineteenth century. With a good booktalk, maybe even science fiction-phobes will pick this one up. VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Broad general YA appeal, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
Kirkus Reviews
Near-future science fiction thriller from the authors of Mirage (1996). "Mimes" are artificial humans whose sex chromosomes have been replaced by the Goleman chromosome: Using a template disk, they can "flux" into any body shape. Slaves of the predatory corporate-city "gloms," mimes live only to gain Selfhood, freedom, and a permanent body form. Mime Tristan's last mission for his handler, Cyrill of Kaze Glom, is to steal a McGuffin from the heavily defended Citadel of deadly rival Flagge Glom. To gain entry to the Citadel, Tristan must take the body shape of Flagge "datameister" Lani Rouge using Kaze's newly invented writable template. Before he steals her appearance, however, Lani recognizes Tristan's current template: It's Trev, Lani's now-dead ex-lover, a bioengineer deeply involved in a secret free-the-mimes resistance group. Tristan, meanwhile, duplicates Lani, steals what be needs, and escapes into the freezone, where he meets Okasan, the legendary leader of Trev's group. Okasan says that mimes remain slaves of the gloms forever, but Tristan doesn't believe herþuntil, having reported to Cyrill, he learns that Flagge allowed him to escape after contaminating him with a deadly virus that swiftly wipes out all of Kaze's other mimes. Worse, Flagge then grabs Lani and Okasan—she's really Teresa Coleman!—so Tristan must make some decisions about who to trust before he embarks on a rescue mission. Impressive visual effects, B-movie plot, and villains that stay mostly off-stage: an unconvincing yarn, with its glowing, vacuous gaze fixed on Hollywood. (Movie rights to Polygram Pictures)

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ISBN-13:
9780446606769
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
06/01/1999
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.12(d)

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