The Rules (Project Paper Doll Series #1)

The Rules (Project Paper Doll Series #1)

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by Stacey Kade
     
 

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1. Never trust anyone.

2. Remember they are always searching.

3. Don't get involved.

4. Keep your head down.

5. Don't fall in love.

Five simple rules. Ariane Tucker has followed them since the night she escaped from the genetics lab where she was created, the result of combining human and extraterrestrial DNA. Ariane's survival--and that of her

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1. Never trust anyone.

2. Remember they are always searching.

3. Don't get involved.

4. Keep your head down.

5. Don't fall in love.

Five simple rules. Ariane Tucker has followed them since the night she escaped from the genetics lab where she was created, the result of combining human and extraterrestrial DNA. Ariane's survival--and that of her adoptive father--depends on her ability to blend in among the full-blooded humans, to hide in plain sight from those who seek to recover their lost (and expensive) "project."

But when a cruel prank at school goes awry, it puts her in the path of Zane Bradshaw, the police chief's son and someone who sees too much. Someone who really sees her. After years of trying to be invisible, Ariane finds the attention frightening--and utterly intoxicating. Suddenly, nothing is simple anymore, especially not the rules.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Sara Martin
Rescued from a genetics lab by her adoptive father, Ariane Tucker has spent the last ten years hiding in plain sight with her secret—Ariane is a human-extraterrestrial hybrid, created by GenTex Labs as part of Project Paper Doll. She must follow "the rules" set out by her father to avoid being detected by her classmates or GTX. Blend in, do not get noticed, trust no one, and never forget that they are searching for her. When Ariane stands up to a school mean girl, and catches the eye of popular and attractive Zane Bradshaw (who just happens to be the police chief's son), all the rules suddenly fly out the window. Told from Ariane and Zane's perspectives in alternating chapters, author Kade brings a new, alien spin to the star-crossed lovers theme. While the story is a little too "soapy" to warrant a "must buy," the quick pacing and the chemistry between Ariane and Zane makes The Rules an enjoyable read that should be quite popular with teens. A plot twist near the end of the book heightens the suspense and sets up the sequel. Pair The Rules with Mary Pearson's The Adoration Of Jenna Fox (Henry Holt, 2008) or Nancy Farmer's The House Of The Scorpion (Atheneum, 2002) for a study into the potential perils of human genetic engineering. Reviewer: Sara Martin
VOYA - Raluca Topliceanu
The Rules possesses some characteristics of a good novel; however, these are overshadowed by the predictability of the plot and the unsatisfying ending. Supporting characters scarcely appear within the work enough to further the story and their mannerisms are unrealistic. The split-narrative is satisfactory from Ariane's perspective, but the author's attempt to tell the story from Zane's perspective falls short, particularly due to poor choice of language. Reviewer: Raluca Topliceanu, Teen Reviewer
Children's Literature - Stacey Dorish
Every teenager lives by rules, but no one has rules like sixteen-year-old Ariane Tucker. Created in a local genetics lab, Ariane is a powerful half-human, half-alien engineered for the sole purpose of being a government weapon of mass destruction. Rescued at the age of six by a laboratory employee mourning the loss of his own daughter, Ariane has spent the last ten years trying to blend in as a normal adolescent of a small suburban community by following five simple, but strict rules: never trust anyone, remember they are always searching, do not get involved, keep your head down, and do not fall in love. The rules have proved successful at enabling Ariane to avoid detection until a confrontation between Ariane and the most popular girl in school causes an emotional response that awakens her unique powers and begins to draw the attention of her classmates and those searching for her. In her desire to battle against the quintessential mean girl, she joins forces with attractive Zane Bradshaw, stirring new desires and emotions that she has never felt before. A surprising twist at the end of the novel has readers questioning who can be trusted and paves the way for a sequel. Narrated in alternating chapters by Ariane and Zane, the novel offers a suspenseful page-turner for young adults, combining common high school themes with unique fantasy. The characters and situations in this book allow readers to empathize with issues of belonging, acceptance, trust, and new relationships, but the novel also includes the desired element of science fiction that is currently popular trend. Young adult readers will surely enjoy this first installment of Kade’s “Project Paper Dolls” series, as they discover that this tumultuous quest for identity quite mirrors their own. Reviewer: Stacey Dorish; Ages 12 up.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—By following five rules, Ariane Tucker and her adoptive father have managed to stay hidden from the agency searching for her. Ariane, a human/alien hybrid, was engineered in a lab as part of Project Paper Doll in hopes of being utilized by the Department of Defense. Crushes, mean girls, cliques, and other elements of high school drama are more challenging for the 16-year-old, who must also struggle to blend in with "full-blooded humans." An incident that occurs while she is standing up for her best friend draws unwanted attention from the most popular-and most vicious-girl in school. The situation also creates the opportunity for her to get to know handsome Zane Bradshaw. He has agreed to ask Ariane to Bonfire Week activities as part of a prank to put her in her place, but instead the two find themselves falling in love even as the danger of the agency finding her grows. The Rules is effectively told from alternating perspectives. Ariane describes the loneliness of being a test subject and the challenges of trying to fit in while not standing out. Zane's chapters provide insight into his unhappy home life and an outsider's view of Ariane. The conclusion is satisfactory, yet leaves open the possibility of a sequel. With elements of science fiction, humor, and romance, this title will appeal to fans of Pittacus Lore's "Lorien Legacies" (HarperCollins) and James Patterson's "Maximum Ride" (Little, Brown) series.—Sherry J. Mills, Hazelwood East High School, St. Louis, MO
Kirkus Reviews
A likable science-fiction romance features strong co-protagonists who know where they come from, but not who they are. Born in a GenTex lab with human and extraterrestrial DNA, Ariane gives new meaning to "test tube baby." A lab employee, now her adoptive dad, rescued her from a nightmarish, lab-rat existence, thwarting Dr. Jacobs' plans to mold her into a designer weapon (her abilities include mind reading and telekinesis). Following strict rules and hiding in plain sight, Ariane's evaded capture for a decade, but GTX is closer than she realizes. Popular, athletic and good-looking Zane coaxes her into revealing herself, while hiding from her the wounds inflicted by his mother's abandonment and police-chief father's contempt. Reluctantly drafted by Dr. Jacobs' granddaughter, Rachel, the plot's evil catalyst, into her scheme to humiliate Ariane, Zane instead is intrigued and attracted. Ariane's long-blocked powers come roaring back when Rachel pushes her buttons. Struggling to unite the disparate strands of her identity, Ariane's an appealing original who (in a welcome departure from YA orthodoxy) does not have beauty-queen looks of which she's modestly unaware. She and Zane know precisely where she stands in the appearance hierarchy. Cartoonishly evil, Dr. Jacobs and Rachel are less persuasive. The traditional cliffhanger ending leaves readers hungry for the next course. (Science fiction. 12 & up)
From the Publisher
PRAISE FOR QUEEN OF THE DEAD"

Kade's writing style makes everything shine. There's so much emotion within these pages, but there's also so much humor."—DreamingInBooks.blogspot.com"

This page-turner holds fast to the essential elements of young-adult paranormal: danger, intrigue, forbidden romance, and deadly secrets."—Booklist

PRAISE FOR THE GHOST AND THE GOTH"

Fans of Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side will enjoy the humorous banter and romantic tension...Kade makes this unlikely scenario feel real."—Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423153283
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
04/23/2013
Series:
Project Paper Doll Series, #1
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile:
HL800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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