Control (#1) by: Lydia Kang Dec. 2013)
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Source: The Library
Control is unique, fun, at times intense and funny, and definitely weird. Now hold tight and try to follow my somewhat rambling review of Control's quirks.
Zel is a main character that may be a little frustrating, but not only grows on you but grows up a lot and really starts becoming more brave and strong and confident throughout the novel. I still hate that at times Zel is so down on how she looks and she is overly cruel about her sister's beauty with a little bit of slut-shaming, but I also think this shows how important it is to love yourself in its own backwards way. Her sister, Dyl, is her opposite in many ways although the reader doesn't get a lot of time with Dyl since she was kidnapped. The other very weird characters (the other teens with unique qualities such as extra arms and other different things) are complex are not ones to be easily forgotten. Although they come off cold at first they grow on you and are very interesting. I was worried that reading about these teens with the very bizarre attributes would be too weird for me, but it wasn’t and actually shines light on the fact that no matter how different we may be we are all still just human beings and all still deserve to be treated as such.
The story takes place in 2150 and shines a very interesting light on what the world would be like in the future, and is somewhat believable as well. The story is unique, but there are also a good amount of basic plot devises that were used making it predictable at times. The main thing I didn’t enjoy about Control was that for a small chunk of the book I thought the plot didn’t really move forward, and I got just a tiny bit bored, answers were not being given and I was getting frustrated. Luckily it didn't last long. I did enjoy the science stuff in this book, the DNA mutations, the automatic riding pods, the crazy drugs, and all the other crazy stuff.
I’m thinking those of you who like X-Men would like Control. It was a solid book and I plan on reading the sequel.