Author: Sandford, John
When an animal rights action at a research lab goes wrong, a terrible secret is exposed, and Shay must find her brother Odin before the researchers at Singular Corp can silence both of them.
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Kirkus Reviews (05/15/14)
Booklist (+) (05/01/14)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (09/14)
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Booklist - 05/01/2014 *Starred Review* In the dead of night, young animal-rights activists sneak into Singular Corporation, a biomedical research lab in Eugene, Oregon, and release hundreds of mutilated animals. Odin, the group’s tech wizard, makes off with a bag of encrypted thumb drives and a sickly dog in tow. The group is forced to go underground to avoid repercussions from Singular. Odin’s sister, Shay, follows his trail to Los Angeles, where she stumbles into excitement of her own after meeting an eccentric artist, Twist. After Odin is kidnapped, it’s up to Shay, Twist, and a posse of street-savvy teens to take down a powerful corporation and rescue him. The action is swift and expertly paced in this first title in the new Singular Menace thriller series. Readers are immediately drawn into the passion of the young activists, counterbalanced by the cool menace of the Singular villains. The authors paint quick, vibrant episodes that flash like scenes from a movie: the girl with red hair rappelling down the side of a mirrored building; the vacuous face of a man with a plate covering his skull; daredevil car rides through the Malibu hills. The result is a fabulous mix of outlandish hijinks, techno-noir, and teen cheek—L.A. style. Not to be missed.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Sandford’s Prey series for adult readers has brought him a huge fan base, and the top-level marketing plans for this series starter will widen that enormous audience. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.
Bulletin for the Center... - 09/01/2014 Odin’s new activist girlfriend convinces him to help her group break into the corporate labs of Singular, an Oregon company ostensibly seeking a cure for Parkinson’s Disease, and free the lab animals on which they are experimenting. Odin and his crew find more than they expected and now they’re on the run, drawing Odin’s younger sister, Shay, into the maelstrom. She leaves their foster home to track Odin down in California, and she is fortunate to find shelter in a hostel run by quirky guerilla artist, Twist. Assisting Twist with one of his high-profile projects gets Shay’s picture out in the press, and high profile is just what she doesn’t need to be if she’s going to help Odin. When Odin makes contact and hands over a dog called X with a nasty attitude and wires coming out of its head, Shay is now in as much trouble as her brother-pursued by Singular operatives who will definitely kill anyone who threatens to leak their real agenda. So just how mad are these mad scientists? They’re on the way to reaching the hypothetical “Singularity,” with a hybrid of man and machine that could assure human immortality and, of course, world domination for the developers. The authors artfully juggle people, places, and plotlines, keeping each thread in sharp focus and spooling out details at an ever-accelerating pace. Shay, Twist, and the street kids from the hostel are well-limned protagonists, but X may be the one to watch. There’s more to his wiring than the authors are letting on just yet, and readers will be pacing until the next installment. EB - Copyright 2014 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.