Freak of Nature
Kaitlin signs her driver’s license and donates her body to science. What she didn’t know was that she wouldn’t be dead when they used it. She is part of an experiment to create a cyborg, a blended human and machine. Her creators don’t know that still has some feelings and thoughts outside the programming. They assume that they have wiped away all traces of her past and Kaitlin is determined to let them continue in that belief. The last thing she wants is for them to finish the job of erasing her.
Her friend Quess encourages Kaitlin to explore her feelings, but also to keep them hidden, but it is harder and harder to hide her feelings about Lucas. If she is supposed to be mostly robot, why does she want to do such un-robotic things with Lucas?
Lucas has his own struggles. He doesn’t like the ethics of the experiment, but at the same time he is fascinated by the possibilities. He is most greatly troubled by watching all humanity vanish from the girl they are using in their work. He keeps seeing her as a girl instead of a machine.
Freak of Nature has a very interesting premise and the story is well executed. The characters of Kaitlin and Lucas are well rounded and Quess is also well drawn. The other characters are more two dimensional, but they are peripheral to the story. The story is a teen romance. The barriers to the relationship appear insurmountable which is as it should be. I think anyone who enjoys romance and teen novels will enjoy this book.