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Control (Control Duology) (Paperback)

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In 2150 genetic manipulation has been forbidden and kids who show genetic “mistakes” are turned over to the government. When Zelia’s chemist father is killed, she and her sister find themselves under scrutiny from some very scary strangers. Zel escapes and finds her way to a safehouse, while her sister Dylia is held captive and used as a human guinea pig for experimentation with sensory weapons. Zel is determined to rescue her sister, with or without the help of her outcast mutant pals. Zel is a great character, a super-smart, science geek with fierce determination who will stop at nothing to save her sister. Control is a smart, fast-paced dystopian adventure with love, betrayal, mutants, auditory ecstasy drugs, science geeks, scary technology and one kick-ass heroine. -Linda


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"Control blew me away. The twists and turns and suspense made for a thrilling ride . . .  Highly recommended" - James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner

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.

When their overprotective father is killed in a terrible accident, Zel and her younger sister, Dylia, are lost in grief. But it's not until strangers appear, using bizarre sensory weapons, that the life they had is truly eviscerated. Zel ends up in a safe house for teens that aren't like any she's ever seen -- teens who, by law, shouldn't even exist. One of them -- an angry tattooed boy haunted by tragedy -- can help Zel reunite with her sister.

But only if she is willing to lose him.

About the Author

Lydia Kang is a doctor who decided writing was maybe just as much fun as medicine, so, now she does both. She is the author of Control and Catalsyt. She lives with her husband and three children in Omaha, Nebraska.

Praise For…

"Control blew me away. The twists and turns and suspense made for a thrilling ride. Zel is as authentic a character as I've read in a very long time. Highly recommended."--James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner Trilogy.

"Control, with its mix of legitimate science and inventive fantasy, is unforgettable for all the right reasons."(VOYA)

"Imaginative cultural details (an ecstasy-like drug carried by sound) and impressive specificity regarding genetics. The use of mutants alone is fairly unique, making this a smart go-to for fans of Megan Shepherd's The Madman's Daughter."(Booklist)

"Control successfully integrates science, adventure, and romance into one unforgettable read. [It] will keep you wanting more until the jaw-dropping ending."(RT Book Reviews, Top Pick)

"Steamy, romantic. . .scrupulous attention to scientific detail adds authenticity."(Kirkus Reviews)

"A sweet, edgy romance rounds out this smart, futuristic medical thriller."(Publishers Weekly)
Product Details
ISBN: 9780142423615
ISBN-10: 0142423610
Publisher: Speak
Publication Date: February 5th, 2015
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: Control Duology