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Genetopia by Keith Brooke
Review by Gayle Surrette
Pyr Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 1591023335
Date: 06 February, 2006 List Price $25.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Flint begins his search by going to his Aunt Clarel's in Greenwater. From the very beginning Flint learns that all the absolutes he was taught about the Changed, the Lost, and the wilds might not be as absolute as he was lead to believe. Amber is not with Clarel and Flint starts out again heading to Farsamy which is the center of the mutt trade. Along the way he meets True, mutt, and Lost. He learns that sometimes humanity is how the person treats you not how you look or what clan you belong to.

Flint begins his journey searching for his sister. Over time, Flint realizes that he's changed in ways he could never have expected. Not physically, as if a changing vector had worked on him, but in how he thinks and feels. Flint becomes a man as he wanders the world, working to earn his way and asking at each stop about his sister. With time he begins to wonder if he should stop looking and whether he is looking for Amber or himself.

It's a marvelously rich book about what it means to be human and where we'll go in the future. It's also about a boy's journey into manhood and all the lessons he learns. In many ways this reminded me of Huckleberry Finn. It's a book that makes you think and that makes it a book worth reading.

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