Gifted by H. A. Swain

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Swain’s (Hungry) story is overwhelmed by unsubtle commentary on consumerism and class, and undermined by one- dimensional characters.
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In Orpheus Chanson's world, geniuses and prodigies are no longer born or honed through hard work. Instead, procedures to induce Acquired Savant Abilities (ASAs) are now purchased by the privileged. And Orpheus's father holds the copyright to the ASA procedure.

Zimri Robinson, a natural musical prodigy, is a "plebe"—a worker at the enormous warehouse that supplies an on-line marketplace that has supplanted all commerce. Her grueling schedule and her grandmother's illness can't keep her from making music—even if it is illegal.

Orpheus and Zimri are not supposed to meet. He is meant for greatness; she is not. But sometimes, rules are meant to be broken. Gifted by H.A. Swain is a thriller, love story, and social experiment that readers will find gripping—and terrifying.

 

About H. A. Swain

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H. A. Swain is the author of several previous books, including the adult fiction title Cold Feet; the craft book Make These Toys; and the YA novel Josie Griffin Is Not a Vampire. She lives in Brooklyn. You can visit Heather online at heatherswainbooks.com.
 
Published June 14, 2016 by Feiwel & Friends. 337 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Aug 13 2016

Swain’s (Hungry) story is overwhelmed by unsubtle commentary on consumerism and class, and undermined by one- dimensional characters.

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