by Lisa M. Forester
Publication Date: November 28, 2013
Length: 360 pages
Obtained Via: I was offered a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by the author as part of the blog tour. This in no way influenced my final opinion of the work.
Format Read In: E-ARC
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Nobody’s perfect… or are they?
Abigail always knew that she was different, but what she didn’t know was just how different.
That was until her 16th birthday, when her parent’s revealed a devastating secret that confirmed her worst fears and changed her life forever.
Abigail is an Allelobrid: one of five children born as a result of their parents illegal science experiment in genetic engineering. The aim: to create a perfect human.
Yet perfection comes at a price.
Forced into a life on the run, Abigail finds love, danger and an organization that will stop at nothing to get what they want.
When lives are at risk and freedom is threatened – could being perfect be enough to survive?
If you’ve been around my blog for awhile, you know I don’t really participate in blog tours often unless I REALLY think I’ll like a book. The summary of Freaks intrigued me–at first glance, it seems like a pretty standard YA science fiction book, but it also seemed to hint that there might be more to this story. And it does play on a lot of familiar story elements, but Freaks definitely captivated me.
The highlight of this book by far is the pacing. It’s such an action-packed ride that kept me turning the pages. I finally tore myself away while reading, but it was difficult. From the very beginning, I was left wanting to know what happened next. Event after event happens and it all flows pretty logically, but sometimes I barely had time to absorb what had just happened before the characters were off to the next thing, and I really enjoyed that.
I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about Abigail for awhile. It took a bit to warm up to her as the main character just because as an Allelobrid, she’s so good at everything she does and while things aren’t exactly easy for her, she definitely struggles less than most people would. It’s a bit hard to really sympathize with her character, and I thought I would just have to satisfy myself with the action of the story. However, about halfway through Abigail really started to be a bit more human towards me. The romance in this book is pretty subtle and not the focus at all(HOORAY for that), but in this case I really liked it because I think it went quite a way into humanizing Abigail a little bit. It’s such a human, teenager thing to deal with, Allelobrid or not.
I mentioned this a little bit already, but I thought this plot was super intriguing. There’s so much YA science fiction right now and it wasn’t the most original plot at its core, but it was full of twists and turns, especially in the latter half. One or two things I saw coming but there were plenty of parts that took me completely by surprised. The last four or five chapters were by far the best. I was intrigued from the beginning but there was one point about halfway through where something happens and my reaction was “YES. This book means business! CHARACTERS BEWARE.” As always, I love when I feel like characters are actually jeopardized, weird and cynical reader that I am, so after that point, I was completely on board.
I really only had two minor problems with Freaks. The first is that the book is in first person POV from Abigail’s perspective, which is great, but it read a little younger than her actual age. Her dialogue and actions were so mature and I definitely cheered her on, but her inner thoughts and monologues made me think her age should be bump a year or two down. I just couldn’t quite see that pattern from a sixteen-year-old. The other was a plot device used towards the end of the book that I’ve always hated, though I don’t really want to say too much about it since it happened towards the end. I almost considered dropping another star for that alone, but luckily the last five pages of the book DEFINITELY made up for it.
Final Impression: Freaks was an action-packed YA science fiction novel that kept me turning the pages for sure! It wasn’t perfect and I had some minor issues, but on the whole I really enjoyed it. I liked the mixing of some quite standard YA Sci-fi plot devices with some original twists. 4/5 cupcakes.