Freak of Nature by Julia Crane (IFICS #1) – Review

October 7, 2013 Review 2 ★★★★

inanutshell2This book was everything that I had hoped Mila 2.0 would be. In many ways, it read like a prequel to Mila’s story (but it wasn’t – the two are unrelated).


Freak of Nature by Julia Crane (IFICS #1) – ReviewRelease Date: January 9, 2013
Title: Freak of Nature
Author: Julia Crane
Pages: 284
Publisher: Self-Published
Source: NetGalley
Available: Barnes and Noble | Kobo | iBookstore | The Book Depository | Powell's
From the Publisher: Donate Body to Science. Check.

When seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn checked the box, she never suspected she’d have her life–and her body–stolen from her. She awakens one day in a secret laboratory to discover that her body is now half-robot and is forced to hide her own secret: that she still has human emotions and a human mind. If the scientists who made her find out, they’ll erase what remains of who she was.

Kaitlyn finds an unlikely ally in Lucas, a handsome, brilliant scientist who can’t get over the guilt he feels knowing she was once a vibrant, beautiful young woman. He never expected a science project to affect him the way she does. As he tries to help her rediscover her past, he finds himself falling for the brave girl struggling to find her place and acceptance between the human and computer worlds.
4 Stars

A few months ago, I reviewed Mila 2.0. In that review, I lamented:

Mila’s character is just so… unrealistic. The dichotomy of her very essence just didn’t work for me. Part android and part human?

Freak of Nature by Julia Crane is about Kaitlyn – a girl who donates her body to science when she dies and wakes up one day to find that she is now part robot.

But this time? This time it worked for me.

It wasn’t perfect. We were dropped into the middle of the story, so some character development and relationships felt rushed (Kaitlyn and Lucas’ relationship felt like insta-love but it wasn’t because they had history before the book began).

The climax of the book ended up being a let down to me. It was too easy! Harrington was built up to be an almost-villain and then suddenly he’s this almost-father figure to Kaitlyn? Something didn’t sit right with me about that (if you read it – and you SHOULD) you’ll understand what I mean.

Overall, I enjoyed it. I’m curious to see where the series will go as the book works quite well as a standalone novel.

What Others Are Saying:

  • Breathe In BooksWhat I loved about Freak of Nature was that it wasn’t just a Science Fiction novel or a YA Romance, there was more depth to it that is so hard to explain. Julia Crane has created a world full of mad scientists, hormonal teenagers (robot or not), and gave the readers something to think about well after they finish: what do our choices really mean?
  • I’d So Rather Be ReadingFreak of Nature was a neat book that really grew on me as I read it.  I really enjoyed the story and look forward to reading the next book in the series!
  • Istryia Book BlogI didn’t really know what to expect when I started this book. But I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. Although there isn’t a lot of action and it has it’s bad points, I quite liked this book.

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