Release Date: November 8, 2015
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Publisher for Review
Genetically flawed. Perfectly human.
When seventeen-year-old Lucas Marshall tests positive for the M0A1 gene—a genetic abnormality believed to predispose humans toward violence—he is shipped off to an impregnable government facility to undergo a battery of psychological tests aimed at making him crack. Now, having survived their tests and proven his mental stability, Lucas is labeled safe to return home.
But any hope Lucas has of returning to a normal life is shattered when the van transporting him to the reintegration facility is forced off the road by a group of radicals intent on accessing the facility and exposing it's dehumanizing practices. And Lucas is their ticket through the front door.
Spurred by rumors that the facility is secretly holding one of his old friends captive, Lucas and his bunk mate, Chris, agree to infiltrate the testing facility’s inner sanctum. But once inside, Lucas’s carefully laid plans begin to unravel, and he's forced to seek help from a group of kids he neither knows nor trusts. And when every genetic test claims your only allies are hardwired to become the next Charles Manson, it’s impossible to know who has your back.
**Thank you so much to Flux for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**
If you couldn't tell already from my blog title, I'm a huge fan of science fiction. That's why Hardwired caught my attention immediately when I heard about it. The story follows a boy named Lucas who lives in a world where the warrior gene exists. This gene is usually found in humans who display acts of violence, so this future world has found a way to test for that gene. If you test positive for the gene, you are sent to a facility for testing. You may only go back to normal society if you successfully pass the tests, though usually after going back to society, everyone looks at you differently because of the gene that you possess.
Lucas has been at the facility for a while when the reader first meets him. It turns out that he actually has an older brother who had the gene as well, though things didn't end well for him upon his return back home after testing. Lucas really doesn't want to do testing anymore. Out of luck, a bus that he's on ends up crashing, and him and his friend Chris end up escaping. What are they to do now? The rest of the book follows their journey.
I absolutely loved the idea of a gene that could ultimately reason whether a person is going to be into violence or not. It's also extremely creepy though, in a way. Imagine if you were told that you have the gene, but you're the sweetest person in the world! Everyone could turn on you because they're scared of what you could possibly do now. So I guess knowing about a gene like this has its pros and cons, like everything else in this world.
Lucas was a very interesting character. I loved learning more about him and his family, especially his brother. He'd kind of already been through all of this facility stuff before because of the stories from his brother, so in a way he kind of knew what he was doing more than everyone else there. I also liked Chris; he was pretty funny, especially in the beginning.
This book was very fast-paced and I loved that. Its length and the action allowed me to fly right through it! I know for sure that I'll be picking up more by these authors in the future.