Freak of Nature by Julia Crane

The Bookworm has returned as promised with another great read.
Freak of Nature by Julia Crane.

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Donate Body to Science. Check.
When seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn checked the box, she never suspected she’d have her life–and her body–stolen from her. She awakens one day in a secret laboratory to discover that her body is now half-robot and is forced to hide her own secret: that she still has human emotions and a human mind. If the scientists who made her find out, they’ll erase what remains of who she was.

Kaitlyn finds an unlikely ally  Lucas, a handsome, brilliant scientist who can’t get over the guilt he feels knowing she was once a vibrant, beautiful young woman. He never expected a science project to affect him the way she does. As he tries to help her rediscover her past, he finds himself falling for the brave girl struggling to find her place and acceptance between the human and computer worlds.

*For mature teens due to some sexual content.

“I don’t want to be just a weapon,” Kaitlyn said firmly. “I want to be a solution.

This is one of those books that you can absolutely judge by its cover! Not only is beautiful but it’s relevant to the content of the story. I really enjoyed the characters and the roles they played in Kaitlyn’s life. She was a very strong main character and it was wonderful to see her development from a cyborg science experiment to a young woman who is trying to find who she is and what she wants. Lucas was an interesting character. He has feelings for Kaitlyn he shouldn’t have but also feels responsible for being the brains behind what she is. He is proud of his work but torn by what he has done. The story flowed really well and was easy to follow. With the amazing plot that it has I disappointed that there wasn’t more action.  There was no real antagonist in the story. The bad guys weren’t really all that bad and the writing made it easy to understand them and see their point of view. The main conflicts that took place were the internal ones of the characters. I felt that this story had so much potential but didn’t quite make it. The ending was even a little too perfect and I didn’t get a good sense of intensity until the very end. However, it is the first in a series and it seems there will be more action to come. I would give this book a 3/5 rating and I look forward to reading the next story.

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