Don’t bother looking in the mirror. It’s the cells inside that change first. By the time outward signs appear, it’s already too late.
A lost friend. A family tragedy. A psychopathic scientist driven by greed.
All Shannon Dane wants to do is be with his girlfriend, Ally. So when tragedy strikes her family, he’s willing to do whatever she asks. Even break into Rat City, the run-down mansion owned by her geneticist uncle.
But what Shannon discovers could rip their lives– and the lives of a generation of teens – into shreds.
About the Author
Ree Kimberley grew up in Melbourne and travelled Australia before living in tropical Cairns and then settling in Brisbane, in sunny Queensland. She's always loved reading and wrote her first novel, Strike Up a Friendship with a Vampire, when she was 10 years old. Ree's writerly obsessions include weird science and things that are bizarre, strange and a little bit gross. She also has a thing for circuses (she swears she is not scared of clowns!)
Ree says that if she wasn't a writer, she'd love to be a teratologist (someone who studies monsters). Come to think of it, she sort of is.
Rat City is Ree's first novel, and the first in a three-part series, Rat Generation.
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Rats. People either love them or hate them. Whatever you think of them, there's no denying that they're smart and have lots of skills. Rats can swim, climb and jump. They hold their breath so well they can run up through a sewer pipe into your toilet (yes, this happens!) They can run and scale walls as well as any parkour champion. Like their arch enemies, cats, rats can jump from a great height and land on their feet. With a running start, they can leap up onto an object that's almost a metre high. In human terms, that's like being able to run and jump onto the roof of your house. With all these amazing skills, when rat DNA is combined with humans, some super-human skills are bound to evolve. And that was the reason I wrote Rat City. Because imagine, in the future, if it wasn't robots that took over the world, but human-rats.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Dinah Roseberry for Readers' Favorite One great thing about young adult novels these days is that they are for everyone. Ree Kimberley’s Rat City (The Rat City Chronicles Book 1) is no exception. This book will keep you turning the pages as you become immersed in the landscape of teen-hood and slightly uncomfortable tinges of science fiction (the believable kind that makes one gulp). In this story, Shannon struggles with normal teenage issues, including being somewhat of an outcast to his peers. Still, a good character trait slips through when he reluctantly takes up for underdog Felix (not actually realizing that he was about to fall knee deep into…well, something not so nice) and becomes drawn to that underdog’s sister, Ally. Here was a family that was so strange that he should have run off screaming before things headed down a wrong path. Too late, of course; he was hooked. The scariest character in Rat City is Killian who has an…affinity…for rats and genetic engineering. And, naturally, that affinity extends to the three teens—well “affinity” for the kids might not be the right word, more like “obsession.” But why? And what do drugs have to do with all this? Is this a horror story? Yes. Mainstream? Yes. Suspense ? To be sure. There’s even a light romance going on here that will have you rooting for the hero. In Rat City, Ree Kimberley has a perfect finger on the pulse of teens and their internal dialogs as well as their reactions to the world around them—despite its weirdness in this treatment. All the characters are endearing—well, not Killian; no one will like him, but isn’t that what it’s all about? A satisfying ending made me not only happy, but expectant for the next book about Kimberley’s characters fighting yet another day. This could easily be a TV series! I loved it!