Review: Control by Lydia Kang

Posted March 3, 2014 by Bee in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Control by Lydia Kang


by Lydia Kang
Series: Control #1
Published on December 26th 2013
by Dial books for Young Readers
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: eBook
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When a crash kills their father and leaves them orphaned, Zel knows she needs to protect her sister, Dyl. But before Zel has a plan, Dyl is taken by strangers using bizarre sensory weapons, and Zel finds herself in a safe house for teens who aren’t like any she’s ever seen before—teens who shouldn't even exist. Using broken-down technology, her new friends’ peculiar gifts, and her own grit, Zel must find a way to get her sister back from the kidnappers who think a powerful secret is encoded in Dyl’s DNA.

A spiraling, intense, romantic story set in 2150—in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms—this is about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes.

4 Stars

I’m really getting into science fiction lately. Didn’t really like it at first but after some good reads in this genre (The Lunar Chronicles, obviously, Across the Universe, These Broken Stars, All Our Yesterdays,…) I’ve been getting into it more and more and I’ve seen this book around the blogosphere and especially among booktubers who really enjoyed it. I was a bit afraid I wouldn’t like it, but in the end… I did really enjoy this book!

Control is set in 2150, in a world with the most awesome technology and it’s about two sisters Zelia and Dylia. When their father dies in an accident, the two sisters are sent to an organization that will find them the perfect foster family. But then Dylia gets kidnapped and Zelia ends up in a safe house for teens that are basically mistakes that society wants to forget (so… killed). Marka, the mother of the family, saved these kids from being killed, but now they don’t really exist in the system anymore. Among those teens is a boy with two … brains? heads?, a boy with four arms, and a sort of plant girl. And there’s also Cy. A angry boy with every day a new tattoo that can heal. He may be the one that can help Zelia find her sister.

First of all, the technology in this book is so cool. The magpods, the holos (sort of earrings that project a screen in front of you like a computer screen),.. It’s really cool. And I really liked this world! We get enough background on what happened to make it the way it is now and I like knowing all that stuff. It helps me understand the story better. Then there’s the science stuff. I know absolutely nothing about that but I didn’t understand a thing they said when they talked in science-lingo, so it must be correct? That is also one of the things I didn’t really like. It was really confusing if you don’t know anything about that stuff. Someone who studies these kinds of things in school probably knows exactly what they’re talking about but for me… It’s like they’re talking Chinese. My brain does not compute. There’s also a romance… It was predictable and unfortunately I didn’t really believe it at first. It felt a little forced. Something to make the end more dramatic.

Zelia is a really cool character. She’s a science nerd and she has this condition where her brain does not send out the signal to breathe. Because of that, if Zelia doesn’t remember that she has to breath, she just doesn’t. That’s really dangerous (and real! It’s called CCHS.), but Zelia has this necklace with a sort of thing that basically gives her brain a shock so she automatically breaths. But she doesn’t like wearing that, so she only wears it at night, mostly. Again, that technology man… Anyway… I really felt for Zelia. And in a way I can relate to her. She has a really low self-esteem because she’s really different and not normal, but we find out why in the second half of the story. To be honest, that was a tiny bit predictable too.
The other characters are also so much fun. I really liked Vera and Marka. I loved Wilbert! View Spoiler » Cy was a bit of an asshole in the beginning but he grew on me. Dylia isn’t really in the book a lot, but I did like her.

The end in this book was so intense and I could not stop reading. Actually, this whole book, despite the things I didn’t like, was pretty un-putdownable. And it left me really anticipating the next book in the series. If you like dystopian worlds with very cool technology and science fiction, this is a very good book to read! Even if you may be somewhat confused by the sciency stuff, I still think you should give it a try. Plus… That cover looks just too cool.


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