Title: Control (Control, #1)
Author: Lydia Kang
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Publication date: December 26, 2013
Genre(s): Young Adult (Futuristic/Sci-Fi)
Control by Lydia Kang was my book of the month for November. I went into it being a bit wary of the campaigning on the back of the book that promised a "ROMANTIC READ" and that usually brings up red flags in that the book will mostly center around the romance, but Control exceeded my expectations by a mile. After its slow beginning, I couldn't put the book down. The plot line, the characters, and all the mystery behind everything going on was so engaging and interesting, something I don't say often in regards to the current science fiction YA books.
Zel, the older sister who ended up with a dead father and a younger sister that got kidnapped, was an action kind of girl. She didn't dwell on her misery and what has happened to her or blame anyone for her situation, she got down to business. I love female protagonists like that; Ones that take matters into their own hands and don't need anyone to depend on. Zel's volunteer lab hours were of use to her when she finds herself in a safe house full of strange looking people… genetically enhanced people, and she's told that Dyl is one of them. She gets down to business trying to figure out what Dyl's trait is and this is where all the science terminology are incorporated. I loved reading about all DNA extraction and analysis, it is such fascinating stuff! The author being a practicing physician gave this part of the plot authenticity that is hard to replicate in other books.
Character wise, the people at Zel's safe house were all amazing. I loved every single one of them and thought they were such a neat group of people.. with super human abilities of course. One in particular, yes the love interest, fascinated me the most. I loved how Kang put some flesh onto his character.. he wasn't just a designated love interest but had actual history and issues that we get a glimpse of. I loved how distant he was in the beginning (bad boys… I can't help but love you), and I loved how realistic their relationship progressed. Cy is definitely a worthy love interest to be remembered.
Control is a book full of all types of action that there was never a dull moment. I tried reading the book any chance I got and would get totally immersed into the world Zel was in. It pains me that I need to wait more than a year to pick up the sequel. This is a great (superb!) start to a sci-fi series and I can't wait to get back into Zel's world. Also, since this is the end of the year, I wanted to mention that Control is my favorite Penguin book I've read this year, and I've read a ton. What more can I say to make you pick this book up?
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