HARDWIRED by Trisha Leaver & Lindsay Currie
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Author: Lindsay Currie & Trisha Leaver
Release Date: November 8th, 2015
Publisher: Flux/ Llewellyn
When seventeen-year-old Lucas Marshall tests positive for the M0A1 gene—a genetic abnormality believed to predispose humans toward violence—he is shipped off to an impregnable government facility to undergo a battery of psychological tests aimed at making him crack. Now, having survived their tests and proven his mental stability, Lucas is labeled safe to return home.
But any hope Lucas has of returning to a normal life is shattered when the van transporting him to the reintegration facility is forced off the road by a group of radicals intent on accessing the facility and exposing its dehumanizing practices. And Lucas is their ticket through the front door.
Spurred by rumors that the facility is secretly holding one of his old friends captive, Lucas and his bunk mate, Chris, agree to infiltrate the testing facility’s inner sanctum. Once inside, Lucas’s carefully laid plans begin to unravel and he’s forced to seek help from those still locked within the facility’s concrete walls. But when every genetic test claims your only allies are hardwired to become the next Charles Manson, it’s impossible to know who to trust.
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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an early copy for an honest review.
Hardwired is a book that I have been wanting to read for awhile. When I knew that some of the back drop centered in Vermont I was excited. I was so intrigued by a dystopian with a world where there is a gene that someone can test and find out if you are inherently violent. The tag line on the front of the book made me want to read this book “Genetically Flawed, Perfectly Human.” So great! This was a fast paced, quick read.
We start out with Lucas being in a testing center. We find out that he has the gene. His brother had the gene and has already been through the program. When his brother came out he killed himself. Lucas has a good friend in the program named Chris and they remind each other what they should and shouldn’t do to make it through.
Soon Lucas, Chris and some of the others are being transported to the reintegration facility. There is a car accident on the trip, Lucas and Chris are the only ones to survive. This is when we meet Carly. She wants to break out her brother who has been in the facility. Carly and her allies are not really prepared for all that it will take, so Lucas knows he has to help to keep her safe.
Will they be able to break into the facility? Can Carly save her brother? You have to read to find out.
Lindsay and Trisha gave a great lead character in Lucas. I really liked that it was a male lead, and I loved that he had a male best-friend. This book was so fast paced and short with a very dynamic topic, this made me think it could have been longer or a series. I ended the book wondering what was the message or the out come. It was a great concept but not much changed. I thought this book had great suspense, twists and had my chest beating fast. I am giving Hardwired 3.5 out of 5 stars.
This fast-paced, not-so-distant dystopian futuristic tale will appeal to teen readers. VERDICT: A must-have for libraries seeking dystopian futures packed with action, violence, and moral dilemmas ~School Library Journal
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
TRISHA LEAVER lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather disobedient black lab. She is a chronic daydreamer who prefers the cozy confines of her own imagination to the mundane routine of everyday life. She writes young adult fiction and is published with FSG/ Macmillan, Flux/Llewellyn and Merit Press. She is a member of the SCBWI, ITW and the YA Scream Queens— a group of nine female authors who are deathly serious about their horror! To find out more about her, please visit her website at: www.trishaleaver.com
LINDSAY CURRIE Lindsay lives in Chicago with one incredibly patient hubby, three amazing kids and a 160 pound lap dog Sam. She loves Halloween, peach tea and Disney World (in no particular order) and is a contributor to the @YAScreamQueens.
An author of young adult and middle grade fiction, she is published with Flux/Llewellyn, Merit Press and Spencer Hill Contemporary. For more details on Lindsay’s upcoming books, please visit her at: www.lindsaycurrie.com.
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