Blaine Colton had been handed a genetic death sentence until revolutionary gene therapy changed his life. Living a relatively normal existence, he is called to an unscheduled post-treatment appointment just weeks before his eighteenth birthday. Informed that his life saving procedure was never approved, he is held against his will for his status as an apparent illegal GMO. Subjected to constant testing, refused contact with his parents and deprived of life sustaining medication, Blaine begins to suspect that something is wrong. Wanting answers, he escapes the Institute and ambitious Chief Scientist, Dr Melissa Hartfield. Now a fugitive with a failing body, Blaine must find Professor Ramer, the developer of his therapy. But the Professor has vanished and time is running out. Fast.
Meet the Author
With a longstanding interest in historical fiction, Adele Jones based her Master's dissertation on this topic. She has also had a variety of poems, short stories, inspirational meditations, devotions and magazine articles published. Her first YA novel Integrate was awarded the 2013 Caleb Prize for an unpublished manuscript.
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This is a clean young adult book that I would encourage every teenager to read as it carries the important message that every life is valuable. The parents in this novel are lovely Christian people with a strong connection with their son Blaine. Unfortunately Blaine is locked up away from them because of illegal genetic modifications to his body. Is he dangerous to others? Blaine fights for freedom and truth and desires above all things a healthy body. In the midst of craziness his life descends into he starts to re-evaluate his thoughts about God.
This novel was a worthy winner of the 2013 Caleb Award for best unpublished manuscript. Blaine Colton has recently overcome a debilitating condition that confined him to a wheelchair. His future looks bright, especially with a special girl on the horizon. However, his life is turned upside down when he's told that the research that led to his miracle cure was never approved and that he is now an illegal GMO (genetically-modified organism). Dr Melissa Hartfield holds him captive at the Advanced Research Institute, cut off from his parents. However, Blaine suspects something is wrong and hatches a plan to escape. His only hope is to find the missing professor responsible for his cure, but time is running out. I really enjoyed this book. I could empathise with Blaine as he struggled with issues of identity and I liked the developing romance between Blaine and Sophie. It's fast-paced, with lots of twists and turns. It also raises a number of issues about faith, ethics and the sanctity of life, but without being preachy. It has a more hopeful theme than many current YA novels. Highly recommended for teenagers and young adults who enjoy a great plot and some social issues to chew on. (Disclosure: I gave feedback on an earlier draft of this book, but it was already in really good shape. I honestly believe it's a great story.)