Gr 10 Up
Caitlin Fairchild is nearing the end of her sophomore year at Princeton, eagerly waiting to hear if she has gotten a summer internship. When government agents come to her dorm room in the middle of the night to whisk her away to Death Valley for an exciting internship opportunity, she finds it strange but not impossibly so. And when it seems to be more like boot camp than a science fair, she isn't terribly alarmed. It isn't until she goes out late one night, seeking the medical facilities for a stomachache, that she learns the truth: she and her new friends are the science experiment, and a second-generation one at that. Anti-authoritarian conspiracy themes may appeal to some teens, as will the inevitable clothes shredding that the sexy main character seems to always go through. Libraries in which Gen 13 is popular might want this origin story, but the rough art, sexually exaggerated figures, and hilariously outdated characters (particularly "Grunge"-this is from 1994) will make it a supplementary purchase for most collections.
Dawn RutherfordCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.