|Release Date||1 September 2014|
- A fast-paced, character driven, credible creation which speculates about the impact and outcomes of innovative biological research. A great read.Review by Mazzy
- I was very impressed with Adele Jones' debut YA novel. It's a fast-paced, character driven, credible creation which speculates about the impact and outcomes of innovative biological research - and the potential for human nature to positively or negatively influence its direction. Whether readers are looking for a novel with the depth to question such serious issues, or simply seeking a genuinely good story which connects seamlessly to the stuff of contemporary life and living, not to mention the challenges of being a young adult and the challenges of relationships, 'Integrate' is a good choice. As a science lightweight, I did struggle slightly with the medical/biological terminology/concepts on occasion but this did not diminish my reading enjoyment; Jones used context with aplomb, enhancing my comprehension of the speculative premise. I'd give it a solid four-out-of-five star rating mainly because I've also read the sequel, 'Replicate', which is even better, and I need an extra star for that! (Posted on 25/09/2016)
- Fast-paced YA Suspense with a GMO twistReview by Iola
Blaine Colton isn’t the average seventeen-year-old boy. He spent the first fourteen years of his life in a wheelchair until Professor Ramer’s experimental gene therapy turned him into a normal Australian teen. But now he’s back at the Advance Research Institute, under the care of Dr Melissa Hartfield, and something’s not quite right …
Blaine isn’t sure what’s happening, but he knows he needs to escape the Institute, and keep out of the clutches of Dr Hartfield and her cronies. And he needs to get more pills, so he seeks help from his former next-door neighbour, Sophie Faraday. But Dr Hartfield has already contacted Sophie, who now doesn’t know who’s telling the truth: Blaine, or the doctor?
Integrate is a fast-paced psychological thriller set in Brisbane, Australia. The plot is excellent, with enough science to keep it interesting, but not so much that it dissolves into technobabble. I liked the way all the little bits tied up at the end, yet still leaves room for a sequel (I’d like to see more of Blaine, Sophie and Jett).
Blaine is mature for his age, having come through the disabilities he faced in childhood with a strong sense of self, and no desire to return to the person he used to be. He’s fighting for his life in a different way, and has to persuade Sophie and others that he’s not violent or deranged—a difficult task when he’s only partway through his cure and his physical health is failing.
The other characters are good as well. They all feel like real people, with a mixture of good and bad points. They make mistakes, judge things incorrectly, and get frustrating. Annoying, but just like real people in real life. All in all, Integrate is a good read. Recommended.
Thanks to Rhiza Press for providing a free ebook for review. (Posted on 14/04/2016)
- Faith Meets ScienceReview by Nola
Blaine Coulton had spent most of his life battling a debilitating condition that restricted him to a wheelchair. A miracle drug has given him a new lease of life, but the future may not be as bright as he’d hoped. He’s told his treatment was never officially sanctioned and he is now classified as an illegal GMO (genetically-modified organism). He manages to escape from the Advanced Research Institute where the power-hungry Dr Melissa Hartfield has held him captive, but his freedom will be short-lived if he can’t find the elusive professor responsible for his treatment.
This novel won the Caleb Award for unpublished manuscript in 2013 and it’s easy to see why. I was engaged right from the first chapter. The premise is intriguing and I empathised with Blaine as he tried to come to terms with his changing circumstances. I wasn’t very familiar with gene therapy before reading the book, so I found it interesting to contemplate the scientific breakthroughs that will be available in the near future. There is enough science in the book to help the reader understand the scenario, but it never gets bogged down in technical information. The plot moves along at a good clip and there’s plenty of suspense and mystery along the way. I also enjoyed the developing relationship between Blaine and Sophie, and can’t wait to see what happens to them next.
The book raises a lot of ethical issues about identity and the value of life. If Blaine’s treatment ceased and he reverted back to his previous state, would life still be worth living? Would his parents have adopted him if they’d had prior knowledge of his condition? Does he have intrinsic value or would he be a burden to those who love him? These are not easy questions, but the author handles them with sensitivity.
The novel is very topical at a time when there are debates about gene patents and the ethics of technologies that can create and modify life. Although the characters of Blaine and Sophie would especially appeal to teenagers and young adults, there is still plenty to interest older readers. I also like the fact that it has a more hopeful theme than many of the YA novels today. If you like mystery and suspense, tinged with social issues that make you think, you’ll enjoy this novel.
(Disclosure: I gave feedback on an earlier draft of the manuscript, but it was already in great shape. It’s a really good story). (Posted on 6/01/2016)
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