Generations ago, a select few fled Earth to colonize a new world. The rich who funded the project became known as "high-born," the scientists and engineers into "demi-status" and the laborers as "lowborn." The low born were only supposed to stay in indentured servitude for 50 years, but by that time, the caste system was too entrenched to break out of. Just when lowborn riots started becoming a serious problem, the GENs appeared. Gifted with the strength or senses of animals, with brains that could be wiped or overwritten with a single command, the GENs were the perfect work force.
Kayla is a GEN just assigned to her first job at the ripe old age of 15. She's to care for a sickly high-born man, Zul, but coming in contact with him embroils her in a global conspiracy.
This is not a good book. The major plot twist (GENs were created to be slaves to protect the caste system, rather than being inspired by god) is absurdly obvious.
The characters make no sense. Zul works all his life to undo his initial discovery of how to make GENs. He enlists Kayla and gives her an iPad (with a made-up ~futuristic~ name, naturally). The pad is packed with information she needs, but he's password and passkey locked it, and never gives her the key. Even after they have numerous, incredibly seditious conversations openly, he never gives her the passwords to get into the pad. Getting access to the information becomes this whole mysterious quest, for no reason at all. He wants her to have the info! He's right there! Just ask him! omg. The whole book is packed with these silly sorts of "obstacles".
Kayla goes on and on about how terrible it is to be ripped from her family in order to serve elsewhere, but when she's finally got the ability to contact them, it never crosses her mind. She gets access to treatments that turn off the GEN tattoo&circuitry but never thinks about letting her supposedly beloved family in on the secret. She meets some random hot highborn dude that's alternately nice and cruel to her, and considers herself desperately in love with him after only (at most) a few months. Meanwhile, her bff Mishalla falls in love with *her* hot dude, marries him months after meeting him, and they adopt children together at their wedding. THEY ARE FIFTEEN. What 15 year old is marrying and adopting children as a matter of course? Crazypants!
Maybe if I were much, much
younger, and had read less sf and dystopic ya books already, I would like this book. As it is, it mostly reads as an uninspired retread of the same ol' tropes, not particularly well-handled.