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Amazon • Book Depository • Series: Control
Published by Penguin on December 26, 2013
Genres: Science Fiction
Source: the publisher
When a crash kills their father and leaves them orphaned, Zel knows she needs to protect her sister, Dyl. But before Zel has a plan, Dyl is taken by strangers using bizarre sensory weapons, and Zel finds herself in a safe house for teens who aren’t like any she’s ever seen before—teens who shouldn't even exist. Using broken-down technology, her new friends’ peculiar gifts, and her own grit, Zel must find a way to get her sister back from the kidnappers who think a powerful secret is encoded in Dyl’s DNA.
A spiraling, intense, romantic story set in 2150—in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms—this is about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes.
I identify so much with the main character as a protective older sister. She was a bit judge-y about her sister’s lifestyle, but I know I was the same way when my sister was in high school and I thought I knew soooo much better. Of course, I was locked away in my room blogging, not learning important science things like Zelia.
I feel like Zelia isn’t one of those characters you’d say “Oh she’s weak” or “oh she’s strong” at first glance. Sure, she’s a bit bossy to her sister, but totally submissive to her dad because he apparently knows her best. Especially when he wants her to switch from learning science to history. Say what?! She’s good at Science. Sure, she’d be good at History too, no doubt, but “it’s for your own good” is such a terrible answer. I get that he’s not trying to force her to marry, he’s just trying to keep his family under the radar, but still.
It was really cool that Zelia used her power of learning and knowledge of science to get her plan to moving along. She didn’t settle and say, “All right, we’ll do it your way, gang.” because as an older sister, I know I would never just sit and let someone else plan the saving of the day.
I love how Marka is understanding even when she’s scolding Zelia for running off alone. I’m glad Zelia owns up to it though rather than just being all cocky like, “I’m right! You don’t understand me! Wah!”
Flailing because Cy says “Zel, I don’t like talking down to you.” He’s not a creepy dude. Well, SOMETIMES he is. Sigh. When he’s being secretive it’s his own brooding thing, not anything really against Zelia. He treats her as an intellectual equal (when he’s turned off the Jerk mode).