When Lucas tested positive for the warrior genea genetic abnormality believed to predispose humans to violencehe was shipped off to the Bake Shop, an impregnable government facility. There, he underwent a battery of psychological tests aimed at making him crack. Now, labeled safe to return to normal life, he’s ready to put the horrific experience behind him. Then the van transporting him home is forced off the road by a group of rebels who insist there’s more going on at the facility than anyone knows. To find the truth and save a friend’s brother who’s being held prisoner, Lucas infiltrates the Bake Shop’s inner sanctum. But a power outage leads to a security breach that strands Lucas in the dark . . . with a prison full of potential killers who could snap at any moment.
|Publisher:||North Star Editions|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Trisha Leaver (Cape Cod, MA) is a freelance editor and member of SCBWI. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Social Work, which she used in the social service field as a child advocate.
Lindsay Currie (Chicago, IL) graduated from Knox College and is a member of SCBWI, The American Horror Writers Association, The YA Scream Queens, and OneFourKidLit, a community of authors with debuts in 2014.~
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
**Thank you so much to Flux for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!** If you couldn't tell already from my blog title, I'm a huge fan of science fiction. That's why Hardwired caught my attention immediately when I heard about it. The story follows a boy named Lucas who lives in a world where the warrior gene exists. This gene is usually found in humans who display acts of violence, so this future world has found a way to test for that gene. If you test positive for the gene, you are sent to a facility for testing. You may only go back to normal society if you successfully pass the tests, though usually after going back to society, everyone looks at you differently because of the gene that you possess. Lucas has been at the facility for a while when the reader first meets him. It turns out that he actually has an older brother who had the gene as well, though things didn't end well for him upon his return back home after testing. Lucas really doesn't want to do testing anymore. Out of luck, a bus that he's on ends up crashing, and him and his friend Chris end up escaping. What are they to do now? The rest of the book follows their journey. I absolutely loved the idea of a gene that could ultimately reason whether a person is going to be into violence or not. It's also extremely creepy though, in a way. Imagine if you were told that you have the gene, but you're the sweetest person in the world! Everyone could turn on you because they're scared of what you could possibly do now. So I guess knowing about a gene like this has its pros and cons, like everything else in this world. Lucas was a very interesting character. I loved learning more about him and his family, especially his brother. He'd kind of already been through all of this facility stuff before because of the stories from his brother, so in a way he kind of knew what he was doing more than everyone else there. I also liked Chris; he was pretty funny, especially in the beginning. This book was very fast-paced and I loved that. Its length and the action allowed me to fly right through it! I know for sure that I'll be picking up more by these authors in the future.