Sixteen-year-old Jimi knows people change, but nothing could prepare her for what’s about to happen to her best friend, Del.
Over the years, their friendship has been evolving—and Jimi is starting to wonder if they could become more than friends. But Del is obsessed with becoming a chimera: a person with animal features, achieved by splicing animal genes into their own DNA. It's a dangerous and controversial process, provided illegally by back-alley doctors called genies.
The dramatic physical changes chimeras go through have scared lawmakers into drafting legislation to declare chimeras officially non-human— taking away all protections under the law. When Del goes missing, Jimi is desperate to find him before he alters himself forever.
To save him, Jimi must risk her life—all while knowing that if getting spliced is the choice Del has made, it means he’s leaving her behind forever. Unlikely allies and powerful enemies clash as Jimi questions her beliefs and uncovers closely-guarded secrets about her own past.
Set in a near-future society where technology is redefining what it means to be human, Spliced is part science fiction, part political thriller, raising questions about genetic modification and how we treat each other that will stay with you long after the final page.
The hardcover and paperback editions features a striking, texturally-embossed spot gloss cover, and the paperback features a sneak-peak at the heart-pounding sequel, Splintered.
A Hal Clement Notable Young Adult Book 2018
About the Author
Jon McGoran has written several books for adults, including the D.H. Dublin series and the eco-thrillers Drift and Deadout, which Publishers Weekly called "outstanding" in a starred review. Jon McGoran is also a founding member of The Liars Club, a blog for and by writers. Spliced is his first book for young adults. He lives in Pennsylvania with his family.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the first novel by Jon McGoran that I have read and I'm already in love with the world he has created. Spliced is set in such an intensely interesting world I was pulled in from the start, delving into political issues, human rights and what it means to lose them, the cruelty that we can show towards one another when we stop seeing each other as equals, and what it means to be human itself. Is it our DNA that defines us? Or is it our humanity that truly makes us human? The characters are fantastic and relatable and you'll fall in love with each one. McGoran's writing style, with his strong command on realistic characters both male and female and his acutely realistic world building reminds me a great deal of author Neal Shusterman and his works such as Unwind and Scythe. If you are a fan of his work, you will love McGoran and Spliced as well.