The popular CLONE CODES sci-fi adventure continues with the paperback edition of CYBORG
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.
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.