The Blending Time by Michael Kinch

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In the year 2069, turning seventeen means mandatory Global Alliance work assignments that range from backbreaking drudgery to deadly canal labor. Trying to survive in a world that's been ravaged by plagues and environmental disasters, three "s'teeners" from the harshest backgrounds think they've gotten lucky. Jaym, Reya, and D'Shay are chosen to be among thousands of blenders, whose task is to help repopulate and rebuild Africa after a devastating solar flare.

But the continent itself—roiling with civil war and mercenaries intent on crushing the blending program at any cost—poses the gravest danger. Separated, the three friends struggle to escape the violence and chaos, and somehow reunite. But will following rumors of a mountain hideout lead them to sanctuary, or cost them their lives?


"Shocking and unrelenting—Kinch delivers a blistering, no-holds-barred tale of a dystopian future that feels all too real."—Arthur Slade, Governor General Award-winning author of The Hunchback Assignments

"Full of action, this is a compelling, realistic, and exciting thriller for more mature young readers."—Kirkus Reviews

"Determinedly multi-ethnic, fast-paced, and with plentiful gore and violence, the book will draw reluctant readers who enjoy action and adventure."—Booklist



About Michael Kinch

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Michael Kinch (Corvallis, OR) is a freelance writer and the author of Warts , an educational book for middle graders. While working as a science librarian at Oregon State University, he taught a workshop in Malawi, Africa, and The Blending Time , his debut novel, arose from the experience.
Published October 8, 2010 by Flux. 264 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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One finds herself captured by the “gades” (presumably short for “renegades”), bandits who raid the back country and keep captured women as sex slaves.

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It’s brutal and enraging, and yet The Blending Time makes the reader simultaneously happy not to be there, and uncomfortably aware that events like those that occur in this book are actually happening now.Yes, The Blending Time could easily be the start of a series.

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As they go their separate ways to their predetermined job posts, all hell breaks loose as ‘gades’ threaten the new, foreign world around them.

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