Freak of Nature by Julia Crane

Freak of NatureIFICS, 1Julia CraneYA SciFiValknut PressFebruary 2, 2013Paperback284

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 in 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.

The first in Julia Crane’s IFICS series (it’s SciFi spelled backwards, how cool is that?) and a romantic science fiction novel that borders between Young Adult and New Adult, Freak of Nature is one of a kind.

Kaitlyn can’t remember life before the compound. She’s been turned into a cyborg and is being trained as a weapon, but when her past begins to resurface, she knows she must escape or risk becoming a true robot.

Freak of Nature has adventure, romance, and even a little mystery, making it a fast-paced and enjoyable read. The author does a wonderful job of creating the cold and clinical environment of the compound in the beginning, immersing readers into her story, and she seamlessly shifts the focus to the emotional heart of the story. Julia Crane creates a suspenseful and captivating story that perfectly embodies the anxiety and self-identity issues that teens and new adults frequently battle.

*Warning: Julia Crane personally told me that she thinks it’s more fitting for 17+ (strictly NA) due to some violent and sexual content. Whoops. Guess I read above my age again. Anyway, Freak of Nature is for fans of romance, action, and soft-SciFi and Ms. Crane does not disappoint to deliver on all fronts.

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