A thrilling sci-fi novel set in a believeable -- and terrifying -- near future!
Hybrids is the winning entry to the HarperCollins nationwide new author competition with SAGA Magazine. Johnny Online and Kestrella are hybrids -- victims of "Creep", a pandemic sweeping the country which causes sufferers to merge with items of technology when over-exposed to their use.
Kestrella persuades a wary Johnny to help her find her missing mother, but the Gene Police have other plans for him! Powerful, compelling, and narrated alternately by Johnny and Kes, it questions our human dependence on technology, and our reactions in the face of nationwide panic.
This was the outstanding winner of the Children's Book Writing Competition run in conjunction with SAGA Magazine. Orange-prize winning author Helen Dunmore -- one of the judges -- says: "The writing is sharp, the dialogue good, and the action pacey and page-turning.
But there's a real depth to this story, too. Like all good fiction it makes the reader see the world in a different light."
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 01/05/2007
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9780007247844
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Review by vjmm
An eerie contemporary tale on the fusion of man and machine. Johnny Online and Kestrella are hybrids - victims of Creep, a pandemic sweeping the country which causes suffers to merge with items of technology when over-exposed to their use. Hybrids questions our human dependence on technology, and our reactions in the face of nationwide panic. ased in a world which is current, but not quiet; which is real, but only just; which is horribly close to our fears of what is happening and may happen in the future.A virus, Creep, has swept Britain, causing the merging of technology with people; bass guitars(!), monitors and computer innards, mobile phones, it’s all there. The people infected as deemed dirty and dangerous by the non-infected, and as such are rounded up and kept seperate. Those on the run feel isolated and live on the edge, mostly banding together to survive. The writing is at a steady pace and as a children’s book, will easily be followed. There’s no ‘over your head technology’ to content with, it’s really just people who are different to ‘the norm’. I feel this is a nice introduction to cyberpunk. It has messages too, loving someone, not for their physical appearance, but for their ‘internal beauty’; public panic at the unknown; dependency on technology. The depenency on technology is, while reading, the message which struck me most.