Sunday, August 17, 2014

Control by Lydia Kang

         Hey, everyone! It's Maria. I'm trying to revive my blog. I don't have time to film a video review of every book that I read, but I'd really like to try and review more of them here. 
         Today's review is of a book I read a long time ago and wrote a review on, but never posted it. Hope you enjoy!
Control by Lydia Kang is the book we're talking about today. Before I get started on my review, here is the Goodreads summary:
                    "When a crash kills their father and leaves them orphaned, Zel knows she needs to protect her sister, Dyl. But before Zel has a plan, Dyl is taken by strangers using bizarre sensory weapons, and Zel finds herself in a safe house for teens who aren’t like any she’s ever seen before—teens who shouldn't even exist. Using broken-down technology, her new friends’ peculiar gifts, and her own grit, Zel must find a way to get her sister back from the kidnappers who think a powerful secret is encoded in Dyl’s DNA.
                     A spiraling, intense, romantic story set in 2150—in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms—this is about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes."
          I really loved the science behind this novel! It was really interesting to hear all of the explanations were given for why things were the way they were (vague, I know, but anything more would be a spoiler) - though I do think that a little more explanation and world-building would have been nice, which I'll elaborate on a bit later..
          In the beginning, the characters were really hard to relate to and care about. After I got more into the story, I really started liking some of the characters, but I had no emotonal connection or attachment to Dyl (Zel's sister), which made it hard for me to understand Zel's drive to get her back. Cyr was so offensive in the beginning of the book, but I really liked his character once you could tell that he was starting to like Zel. 

          I also had a problem with the world building - we were kinda just thrown into it and expected to figure stuff out for ourselves (which can sometimes be good, but it worsened the novel in some ways because it wasn't done quite right). I loved the writing, though - it was easy to read and I could really picture everything in my mind quite vividly as it was happening. 
Overall it was a 3.5 stars for me, and I had fun reading it.

Talk to y'all later!