When a crash kills their father and leaves them orphaned, Zel knows she needs to protect her sister, Dyl. But before Zel has a plan, Dyl is taken by strangers using bizarre sensory weapons, and Zel finds herself in a safe house for teens who aren’t like any she’s ever seen before—teens who shouldn't even exist. Using broken-down technology, her new friends’ peculiar gifts, and her own grit, Zel must find a way to get her sister back from the kidnappers who think a powerful secret is encoded in Dyl’s DNA.
A spiraling, intense, romantic story set in 2150—in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms—this is about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes.
What I love about Control:
- the Technology : Lydia has filled the world of CONTROL with all kind of cool gadgets that give it flavor and make it all the more believable. There are magpods (which people use as cars but which are mostly driven by an autopilot.), scent downloads (like music downloads, only that you can choose a scent for a month), holos (which are ear studs used for communication as well as for information) and many more
- The science: Lydia explains the science behind everything, so that it makes sense and is believable. You can tell that she knows what she’s talking about. The main character Zelia is interested in science and the experiments she’s doing are explained well enough that even someone who doesn’t know anything about genetics understands what’s going on. So if you like your sci-fi with science that makes sense, then this one is for you.
- Cy. He's covered in tattoos when we first meet him, but they change on a daily basis. Later we find out the meaning behind this. I think her and Zelia are really cute together!
- Zelia and her sister Dylia. I love their relationship. I love that Zelia is determined to save her sister no matter what’s thrown at her. And even when she meets an interesting boy (Cy), she doesn’t suddenly forget her main goal: to get her sister back.