- Paperback: 304 pages
- Age Range: 11 - 14 years
- Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; First Impression edition (1 May 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007247842
- ISBN-13: 978-0007247844
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hybrids: Saga Competition Winner Paperback – 1 May 2007
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"A stunningly clever novel." Amanda Craig, The Times
"[A] commendable first novel… there is vigour and vitality in Hybrids." Financial Times
"What singles out Hybrids is its well-crafted characters and finely spun tension. It's an impressive debut and clearly demonstrates why it beat nearly 900 other manuscripts to win a HarperCollins/Saga magazine writing competition. I certainly look forward to seeing what other ideas David Thorpe has to explore in the future." Bookseller's Choice, The Bookseller.
"Thorpe creates an inventive dystopian world." Books for Keeps
"I thought that this book was a masterpiece. The book is fast paced, and it interacts perfectly with the modern world. I recommend it to everybody. It is a five-star book!" 12-year-old reviewer for Redhouse
About the Author
David Thorpe lives in the mountains not far from the beaches of beautiful mid-Wales. He spends his time wondering. When he was smaller he noticed that most adults seemed to have forgotten what it was like to be a child and vowed to try not to do the same himself. Previously he has worked on the sewers, written comics, published eco-books and been a journalist. If you want to make him happy you can help to save the tiger from extinction.
Top Customer Reviews
Hybrids are a nation of people overcome by a disease,'Creep', which affects their bodies, forcing them to eveolve into various commonly uesd devices.
The book talks of the younger generation struggling to be accepted back into their society, rather than being shunned as outcasts, and to enlighten others of the role they played towards the introduction of Creepwithin their own nation - and now the price they must pay for their neglect, whether affected or not; fear, mistrust, injustice and the lack of unity.
What begins as a small search for a missing mother soon expands, involving more people and turning into a mission for survival, in which none can be trusted.
The book tells of the two main characters journey to the end of the book, and the choices they make. The hunted are running from the hunters only to find the line between them is virtually non-existent.
I thought Hybrids to be, at first, rather unrealistic, however it has to be admitted that it can be associated to our generation today, as we stay 'joint at the hip' with evolving technology, totally disregarding the harms and dangers with which society can be affected.
Although an excellent book, it leaves the reader frustrated at the almost cliffhanger ending and wanting to know more. (I suppose to ensure the second book of the trilogy is read on arrival.)
Nevertheless, i enjoyed the book, with its truthful insights regarding our world today, as well as the small twists and turns which make the book hard to put down.
I recommend the book to anyone looking for an interesting and relatively fast-paced book.
The virus took away Johnny's face. The computer screen replacement has those of the Centre for Genetic Rehabilitation unit seeking him out, since he refuses to register as a hybrid and let his whereabouts be put under constant surveillance. Kestrella, daughter of a man who plays a role in this story, crosses paths with Johnny, changing his life forever. Intially he sees their encounter as a negative one, but over the course of the story he gains an unbreakable bond with her, while taking actions to help others.
I haven't read much sci-fi recently, and seem to have the initial reaction of wanting to put a book down when things are a bit strange (having a phone instead of a hand is strange in Kestrella's character). However, it was the character's attitudes to their changes which drew me in. They usually didn't see them as an impediment. Yes, the differences were something to hide at times, but most of the time they just got on with it. I think this is a brilliant book for those who are different from so-called 'normal' people. It doesn't stop them loving, or being loved. It doesn't stop them from making a difference in the world.
I couldn't predict where this story took me, and thoroughly enjoyed the biggest twist at the end. I'm one of those readers who wants 'more' from a book, and it would be great to see another book carrying on with the story where it ended here. For it isn't really the end at all, but another beginning.
Normally I opt for your standard, run of the mill detective tomes...but I fancied something a little different. And boy did I get it!
Initially I wasn't too sure that the book could hold my interest. Sci Fi/Fantasy tends to leave me cold; but 'Hybrids' had me from the end of the first chapter.
The synopsis says it all, so I won't repeat it here. I'll just say that David Thorpe grabs your attention with a refreshingly punchy style...and won't let it go. 'Hybrids' ignites the imagination, raises questions and makes you see the 21st century in a new - often eerie, often amusing -light.
It's an intelligent, fabulously structured novel; with multi faceted characters that are completely tangible. I eagerly await the second in the trilogy!
A warning to readers: this is highly addictive reading and leaves you with a cliff-hanger ending.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a gripping and edgy story that leaves the reader questioning the future for ourselves and our relationship with machines. Read morePublished on 24 Sept. 2007 by Copper Penny
As a child of the techno generation you really feel you can relate to the dependence on technology that is portrayed in this book. Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 2007 by J Teague
Imagine being part of your computer. Or your best friend having an MP3 player grow out of their hair. This is reality for some children ? they are hybrids. Read morePublished on 29 Jun. 2007 by D. Thorpe