Mergersby Steven Layne
Dirk and his friends have spent their entire lives in hiding because of their racial identities. Now they must make a dangerous journey into the past with the hope of restoring the world's natural timeline and dissolving their engineered society. Each of them has special powers-Nicci, the African Traveler, manipulates time; Mateo, the Hispanic Metamorph, alters his
Dirk and his friends have spent their entire lives in hiding because of their racial identities. Now they must make a dangerous journey into the past with the hope of restoring the world's natural timeline and dissolving their engineered society. Each of them has special powers-Nicci, the African Traveler, manipulates time; Mateo, the Hispanic Metamorph, alters his shape; Keiko, the Asian Empath, heals with her hands; and Dirk, the Caucasian Psyche, invades others' minds-that they will use to conquer The Merger.
Nancy K. Wallace
Meet the Author
STEVEN L. LAYNE is a professor at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, where he also serves as director of the Master of Education in Literacy program. His work has been recognized by organizations such as USA Today, the Milken Family Foundation, and the Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
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I give this book 4 out of 5 people. The reason for choosing people is almost everyone in the book is focused on the race of people. I only give it four out of five people because the book gets very complex because one girl can time travel and they do not explain with a lot of detail what is happening while she is time traveling. However, this is a thrill-seekers book and kept me on the edge of my seat until the very last page. In this book there are four main characters, Dirk Tyrone, Keiko Tan, Mateo Rodriquez, and Nicci Golden. They each possess two things that are different from the rest of society making them a threat. Dirk is Caucasian and has the power to use his mental powers to control people. Keiko is Asian and can heal people with her hands. Mateo is Hispanic and can change into any creature his heart desires. Nicci is African American and can time travel or slow down time. These four are different not just because of their powers but also because of their race. The Merger made everybody look exactly the same because of racial discrimination. These four have to stop the Merger because he is stopping individuality. In doing so they meet up with a group of people called The Elders who share the same characteristics. They help the kids train their powers so they can eventually fight against the Merger. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy and likes a thrilling book with a ton of twists. This book is obviously fantasy because of the setting. The setting is in the future where almost everyone looks the same and some people have super hero like powers. The book has so many twists I didn’t fully understand what was happening until the very last page. This book had so much action and thrill I couldn’t put the book down until I was done. You start to really get to know each character because of how much they’re described in detail. This book is a very good book and will keep you thinking even when you’re done.
Imagine a world where there are no racial differences. Everyone looks exactly the same, with a blending of Caucasian, Asian, African American, and Hispanic American features. This is the world that Dirk Tyrone, Keiko Tan, Mateo Rodriquez, and Nicci Golden are born into. The minute they are born, they are in immediate danger. They are the first children to be born with distinct cultural characteristics since the government implemented the Merger and they don't want word of it getting out. No one in the world even remembers a time when people could be different and they don't want people to question the Merger. In order to prevent the possibility of it happening again, the government murders the parents of the four children.
Dr. Lisa Tyrone is the doctor present during the birth of the children. In addition to being hospital personnel, she is also the biological aunt of Dirk. Wanting desperately to save the children from extermination, she escapes the hospital with the four babies and goes into hiding. Not only do the teens look different from everyone else in the world, but they also have powers. Dirk is a telepath and can enter the minds of people he comes into contact with. Keiko is an empath. She can heal people with her touch by taking on their pain and dispelling it from her body. Mateo is a metamorph and can change into any animal he thinks of and finally, Nicci is a time traveler and can manipulate time, past, present, and future. For fourteen years Dr. Tyrone is able to keep herself and the children safe, but finally, the man behind the Merger project, Senator Broogue, captures them all with plans to get rid of them once and for all.
After much torture, the children don't think they are going to make it out alive. When they feel all hope is lost, help arrives. Three people with district ethnic characteristics and similar powers to the kids appear and fight off Senator Broogue and whisk the kids away to safety. Unfortunately, Dr. Tyrone is too badly injured and can't be saved. The teens must deal with their grief while at the same time learning more about the world they live in and why it is the way it is. In addition, they also learn about what the world would be like if Senator Broogue hadn't altered the past and created the Merger. After a time of training with the Elders in order to learn how to better use their powers, they are sent back in time to challenge the Senator and prevent him from changing the past. If they succeed, the world will be back on the right path where people's individuality is appreciated.
MERGERS is Steven Layne's second novel. His debut novel, THIS SIDE OF PARADISE, was the winner of the Hal Clement Award for best science fiction for young adults in the United States. MERGERS is even better. Action scenes fill the pages and take the reader through the story at a rapid pace. The story has a satisfactory conclusion even though there are some unanswered questions, like who exactly are the Elders and how are they connected to the kids. However, these loose ends don't take away from the enjoyment of the novel.