Review: Tankborn

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: TankbornTankborn by Karen Sandler
Series: Tankborn #1
Published by Tu Books on October 1, 2011
Genres: Dystopian, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction
Pages: 373
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

Best friends Kayla and Mishalla know they will be separated for their Assignments. They are GENs, Genetically Engineered Non-humans, and in their strict caste system, GENs are at the bottom rung of society. GENs are gestated in a tank and sent to work as slaves as soon as they reach age fifteen.

When Kayla is Assigned to care for Zul Manel, the patriarch of a trueborn family, she finds secrets and surprises; not least of which is her unexpected friendship with Zul's great-grandson. Meanwhile, the children that Mishalla is Assigned to care for are being stolen in the middle of the night. 

After weeks of toiling in their Assignments, mystifying circumstances enable Kayla and Mishalla to reunite. Together they hatch a plan to save the disappearing children. Yet can GENs really trust humans? Both girls must put their lives and hearts at risk to crack open a sinister conspiracy, revealing secrets no one is ready to face.

Today is my birthday. Hurrah for me! I am so glad to be able to share such an awesome book on my special day. Let me apologize for the rather uninspiring description. The backstory might be helpful, even if it’s not the most scintillating. It was awesome!

Tankborn was definitely another reminder to me not to judge books by their covers, which I will undoubtedly continue to do ad infinitum. Still, I know I shouldn’t. The only reason I requested this on NetGalley was because of the golden word dystopia in the description. If it says dystopia, I will read it. So yeah, the cover’s not the best (and, yet again, does not seem to depict one of the main characters), but don’t let that stop you.

The characters and the story both intrigued me right off. It took a few chapters for me to get completely absorbed, because you’re dropped into the middle of this completely unfamiliar landscape and have to get used to how things work there. Once I did, though, I could barely put the book down, except for having to work and sleep and feed the cat and all of that.

My one complaint, and it’s pretty mild, is that I would really like to know more about why they left Earth. What happened there? There really wasn’t too much said about that and I can only hope that there will be a sequel that might delve into some of that, and tell more of Kayla’s future.

The lessons this book conveys about racism and religion are really well done, not so much lecturing as raising an ethical point and getting you to really think about the philosophical and theological leaps needed to support certain ways of being. This might make an excellent book club read for that very reason.

If you love dystopias, you will not want to miss Tankborn. It’s going on sale tomorrow, so go get it!

One response to “Review: Tankborn”

  1. Nori says:

    This sounds super interesting! I love how political it sounds.

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