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Series: Spliced Vol. 1   
Annotation: Sixteen-year-old Jimi Corcoran and Del, her genetically altered best friend, fight for survival in a near-future society that is redefining what it means to be human.
Catalog Number: #148282
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Holiday House
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 362 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-8234-3855-4
ISBN 13: 978-0-8234-3855-6
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2016058466
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
In this near-future political thriller, America has weathered cyberwars, flu outbreaks, energy shortages, and extreme weather. Only the rich have things like mobile phones, Internet implants, and fashionable gene modifications. Philadelphia teen Jimi is worried for her best friend, Del, who desperately wants to become a chimera. Only the wealthy can safely and legally undergo this procedure, which entails splicing one's DNA with an animal's; everyone else sees a back-alley geneticist, or "genie." Jimi knows this will ruin Del's future, especially once Humans for Humanity passes state legislation to declare chimeras nonpersons. Still, Del goes through with it, but when he disappears shortly after, Jimi recruits a few friendly chimeras to help find him. McGoran extrapolates a believable, all-too-relevant future, but he wisely focuses on Jimi's transformation from someone aware of but untouched by discrimination into a willing activist with an emotional connection. McGoran doesn't skimp on the action, either, which is suspenseful and scary though precipitated by a predictable third-act development. This is a timely, thought-provoking start to a probable series.
Kirkus Reviews
In a near future of gene modification, personhood is political and not just for the modified.In an America that has survived several major flu epidemics and where only the cities have easy electrical power and only the rich have anything passing for internet or cell service, the interested (with enough money) can have their genes altered and change their appearances. Those who are "spliced" become chimeras, humans with animal DNA. The changes are somatic (rather than germinal), so the spliced have characteristics of the animal of their choice but don't pass on traits. Nevertheless, Howard Wells, an unscrupulous millionaire and politician-wannabe, has seen the chance to play on the public's fears, and he pushes a Pennsylvania state law to make the chimeras nonpersons, and other states soon follow suit. High school junior Jimi has no desire to get spliced, but her best friend, Del, despite his repressive father's wishes, wants nothing more. When Del vanishes just after becoming a chimera and Wells' law passes, Jimi sets out to find her friend with the help of spliced acquaintances in a country where they are suddenly legally less than human. Adult thriller author McGoran creates a very believable future seen through the eyes of a believable white teen for whom discrimination on the basis of visual difference has suddenly become real. This nightmare study in manufactured prejudice will resonate with many teens who see themselves as part of a marginalized group, especially in the era of Trump. Timely, thrilling, and more than a little scary. (Science fiction. 14-18)
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Reading Level: 7.0
Interest Level: 9-12
Lexile: HL730L

Sixteen-year-old Jimi knows people change, but nothing could prepare her for what’s about to happen to her best friend, Del.

Over the years, their friendship has been evolving—and Jimi is starting to wonder if they could become more than friends. But Del is obsessed with becoming a chimera: a person with animal features, achieved by splicing animal genes into their own DNA. It's a dangerous and controversial process, provided illegally by back-alley doctors called genies.

The dramatic physical changes chimeras go through have scared lawmakers into drafting legislation to declare chimeras officially non-human— taking away all protections under the law. When Del goes missing, Jimi is desperate to find him before he alters himself forever.

To save him, Jimi must risk her life—all while knowing that if getting spliced is the choice Del has made, it means he’s leaving her behind forever.  Unlikely allies and powerful enemies clash as Jimi questions her beliefs and uncovers closely-guarded secrets about her own past.

Set in a near-future society where technology is redefining what it means to be human, Spliced is part science fiction, part political thriller, raising questions about genetic modification and how we treat each other that will stay with you long after the final page.

The hardcover and paperback editions features a striking, texturally-embossed spot gloss cover, and the paperback features a sneak-peak at the heart-pounding sequel, Splintered.

A Hal Clement Notable Young Adult Book 2018

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