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Jennifer Rush. Little, Brown, $17.99 (336p) ISBN 978-0-316-19708-3
In Rush’s action-packed debut, first in a planned series, homeschooled 18-year-old Anna Mason has a life ruled by secrecy. Her widower father works for a clandestine organization called the Branch, and four gorgeous genetically altered teenage boys live in the basement laboratory of their New York State farmhouse. Anna feels especially connected to one of the boys, Sam, even though he, like the others, has no memories of life outside his basement cell. When the Branch tries to collect “the units,” chaos erupts, and Sam, Anna, and the others take off on the run. Together, they drive across several states, decoding a trail of clues and bringing Anna and Sam closer than ever. Anna is refreshingly and realistically uncomfortable with the ongoing violence surrounding their escape. Her interactions with the boys (whose somewhat one-note personas—the leader, the smart one, the hothead, and the goofball—can’t help recalling another product of genetic manipulation, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) keep the story moving quickly, along with a steady unfolding of revelations and events. Ages 12–up. Agent: Joanna Volpe, New Leaf Literary and Media. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 11/12/2012
Release date: 01/02/2013
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 352 pages - 978-0-316-19709-0
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Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-1-61969-904-5
Open Ebook - 156 pages - 978-0-316-21450-6
Compact Disc - 978-1-4789-7725-4
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