Control by Lydia Kang
Book 1 in the Control series
Genre: YA sci-fi
Control was an epic sci-fi read with a unique plot, lovable protagonists, and lots of quirky powers/mutations and plot twists. It was a bit hard to get into in the very beginning, but by the second chapter I was hooked and loving every page. 😀
Zel was a really cool MC. She always *wrongly* thought she was very plain, compared to her sister Dyl. She loves molecular biology and is very dedicated with her work and loving and protective towards Dyl. Then some stuff happens (I won’t spoil) and we meet Marka, Cy, Hex, Wilbert, and Vera, the mutated (figurative) family of outcasts. They’re all awesome characters; I connected to them easily and they were super realistic. The antagonists were also awesome, in that twisted way antagonists are, and they were realistic too. Just great development all the way around. 🙂
The plot to me was like a ride I went into without reading or watching anything about it. I don’t actually ride rides, but it sounded good. XD Anyway, I’m basically trying to say that the plot line was a roller coaster. There were ups and downs, and I honestly didn’t see any of it coming. I was shocked to find out about Zel and Dyl’s dad, and that betrayal. *that character* was my favorite aside from Zel and Dyl, so when they revealed themselves, it broke my heart a little bit.
The futuristic America the story takes place in was different from anything I’d read about before. To quote Zel, “But after the country couldn’t agree on religion or politics or how to wipe your butt the right way, they divided into clustered States. Alms, Ilmo, Neia, Okks… each stewing in their happy ideals, all of them unified under a federal government weaker than my left pinkie.” I found that to be a great way to describe it, and also highly amusing. XD
In this society, they have a lot of technology I thought was really cool. To name a few, there’s downloadable perfume, hair-styling pens (I could use one haha), holo studs, neurodrugs, and wall coms. That last one is only in Carus, but it’s still really cool to me. It makes me wonder how much of that will actually become true in our future.
All in all, I was very satisfied with Control. It went beyond my expectations, and after that ending, I need Catalyst asap! 😀
Until next time- Olivia ❤