Animal Graph by M Black (Graph World Book 1)
3 star read
Why I read: I couldn’t resist the concept of animal grafting combined with dystopia.
Book blurb: “Never-Before-Seen-Concepts
Hunted in the Amazonian jungles 42 years after a nuclear war, Jin and Adan fight to survive in a dystopia gone very wrong. Grafted to Amazon animals, such as blue dart frog or bullet ants, against their will, Jin and Adan will have to learn the secrets of the Graph if they are ever going to win this war.
With Graphed Borran soldiers on their tail, this will be a hard war to win, especially when King Borran Khan doesn’t fight fair. With Jin’s madre kidnapped and a secret hidden in Jin’s own DNA, will she find the truth before it’s too late? Will Jin and Adan survive, and can the Earth survive against the mad dictatorship of the current ruler of the Americas?
Find out in this page-turning, edge of your seat, YA Amazonian Eco-Fic Dystopia!”
Jin escapes from a prison where she was experimented on to have animal cells and neural tissue grafted into her. This gives her a range of unique abilities including a connection by brain waves to a chosen animal. She has to try and survive out in the Amazonian jungle of an eradicated world whilst being tracked by Graft Soldiers. The book follows her escape as she learns more about the world and herself.
I don’t read many YA books as I find the style a bit too simplistic for my normal tastes but I was drawn to this one by the fun premise of animal grafting. Before getting the book I read a review that said it was like the Hunger Games meets X-men and I wholeheartedly agree with this description. Its fun escapism fantasy. The characters have extraordinary abilities from their animal Graphs but these also come with weaknesses. Its a really good balance. The science in the book such as the grafting with animals is glossed over but this just adds to the easy read factor along with the simplistic language used. The science wasn’t detailed enough for me but I still really enjoyed the book and think it works well for teen fiction. There’s lots of fun fight scenes where the characters use their awesome abilities with interesting effects. The book ends mid-air which to me left it feeling very unfinished. I like most ends tied up in a story and I felt that this was just setting up for a sequel.
The main character Jin is likeable and I got behind her, egging her on to defeat the next obstacle in her escape. Adan fits into the stero-typical dreamy supporting character/love interest for the heroine to fall for that I’ve seen previously in young adult books.
A really fun, quick and easy read but if you want to know how things end you would also need to read the next book in the series.
I’d recommend if you like: young adult fiction, super-hero abilities, eco-sci-fi, young adult dystopia.
I received a free advanced reader copy via Netgallery in return for an honest review.