Tankborn by Karen Sandler

70%

7 Critic Reviews

A good option for science-fiction fans interested in genetic engineering, rebellion and class issues.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Best friends Kayla and Mishalla know they will be separated when the time comes for their Assignments. They are GENs, Genetically Engineered Non-humans, and in their strict caste system, GENs are at the bottom rung of society. High-status trueborns and working-class lowborns, born naturally of a mother, are free to choose their own lives. But GENs are gestated in a tank, sequestered in slums, 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 a host of secrets and surprises-not least of which is her unexpected friendship with Zul's great-grandson. Meanwhile, the children that Mishalla is Assigned to care for are being stolen in the middle of the night. With the help of an intriguing lowborn boy, Mishalla begins to suspect that something horrible is happening to them.

After weeks of toiling in their Assignments, mystifying circumstances enable Kayla and Mishalla to reunite. Together they hatch a plan with their new friends to save the children who are disappearing. Yet can GENs really trust humans? Both girls must put their lives and hearts at risk to crack open a sinister conspiracy, one that may reveal secrets no one is ready to face.

 

About Karen Sandler

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KAREN SANDLER is the author of the first Tankborn book as well as seventeen novels for adults and several short stories and screenplays. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a software engineer, including work on the Space Shuttle program and communications satellites. She lives in northern California with her husband, Gary, and their three cats, and can often be found riding her Andalusian/Morgan mare, Belle.
 
Published September 15, 2011 by Lee & Low Books. 384 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Tankborn
All: 7 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Above average
on Sep 01 2011

A good option for science-fiction fans interested in genetic engineering, rebellion and class issues.

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Kirkus

Above average
on Sep 30 2011

Although it’s tailored to science-fiction buffs, such thought-provoking themes and the high level of character development, as well as an engaging plot, make the book ideal for a wide audience.

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Examiner

Above average
on Oct 14 2011

...the book has twists and turns enough to keep the reader engaged. The characters are compelling and unique and the romances that cross caste lines are touching.

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RT Book Reviews

Above average

Sandler’s story has a unique premise and other interesting twists that set it apart from other dystopic YA novels. It has a strong beginning and ending but drags a bit in the middle. Fans of alternate reality novels will like this one.

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SF Signal

Good
on Sep 10 2011

Tankborn is a highly recommended, thought-provoking YA novel from a new imprint dedicated to diversity.

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ForeWord Reviews

Above average

Although it’s tailored to science-fiction buffs, such thought-provoking themes and the high level of character development, as well as an engaging plot, make the book ideal for a wide audience.

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The Meliorist

Above average
on Apr 04 2012

Instead, it’s an incredibly exciting, page-turning journey, filled with twists and turns, and utterly original. Finally, there is so much to keep the reader busy that even though it works great as a standalone...

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