Wednesday, November 9, 2011




Karen Sandler

384 pages

Lee & Low Books

Best friends Kayla and Mishalla know they will be separated for their Assignments. They are GENs, Genetically Engineered Non-humans, and in their strict caste system, GENs are at the bottom rung of society. GENs are gestated in a tank and sent to work as slaves as soon as they reach age fifteen.
When Kayla is Assigned to care for Zul Manel, the patriarch of a trueborn family, she finds secrets and surprises; not least of which is her unexpected friendship with Zuls great-grandson. Meanwhile, the children that Mishalla is Assigned to care for are being stolen in the middle of the night. 
After weeks of toiling in their Assignments, mystifying circumstances enable Kayla and Mishalla to reunite. Together they hatch a plan to save the disappearing children. Yet can GENs really trust humans? Both girls must put their lives and hearts at risk to crack open a sinister conspiracy, revealing secrets no one is ready to face.

Thanks to NetGalley and Lee & Low Books for letting me read and review this book.

The beginning was kind of slow for me; I think it was the uniquely spelled words that slowed me down a little, but after the first couple of pages it quickly picked up.
This story takes place sometime in the future and is set on a planet called Loka, which closely resembles Earth. Kayla and her best friend, Mishalla, are GENs, Genetically Engineered Non-humans, GENs are not born but made. They are the lowest class in the social system. With trueborns being the highest and the lowborns  being the middle of the system. What’s the purpose of GENs? To serve as slaves to the trueborns.
When Kayla turns fifteen she is assigned as a caregiver to a trueborn elderly man, while Mishalla is assigned to taking care of orphan lawborn children. When the lowborn children start to disappear; she  puts her life at risk to find out what’s happening to them.
Tankborn is a great dystopian novel that any science fiction fan would love, it was fast paced and has a lot of twist and turns in it that I didn’t see coming. I would like to purchases the book just so I can re-read it sometime.

4/5 stars



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