GemX

GemX

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In a world where perfection rules, Maxo Strang is king. He is a GemX, a boy genetically manipulated to be flawless. Nobody is better looking, more intelligent, of better social class...or more lacking in human empathy. Until Maxo discovers a wrinkle in his face. This can't happen to him! It happens only to the Dreggies - the wretched underclass of unenhanced 'naturals' who live outside the Polis. Terrified, Maxo begins a search for a cure. It is a search that takes him into the Dreggies' world, a place unbelievably different from his own, where violence, poverty and ugliness are routine. There, Maxo meets Gala and Stretch, Dreggies who are searching for their father who 'disappeared' while volunteering for scientific research in the city. For some horrifying yet compelling reason, he finds himself attracted to Gala. Gala and Stretch will do anything to find their dad, and Maxo may be the key. His father was the last person to see theirs before he vanished. Now, they will use Maxo to get some answers - whether he consents or not. What none of them realises is that they are all pawns in a bigger game.The city's Supreme Leader has plans - plans that will leave their lives hanging in the balance...show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 20mm | 240g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192742019
  • 9780192742018

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[Of The Innocent's Story]: 'Thought-provoking and horribly topical. The Bookseller This tense, gripping novel could hardly be more topical, raising questions of faith, loyalty and responsibility. Linda Newbery, TES The sheer imaginative audacity of The Innocent's Story propels it beyond anything expected. Julia Eccleshare Fine writing and shrewd perceptions ... contribute to this resounding tale. Independent on Sunday Brilliant! A truly original and moving story. The Teacher Here is proof positive that children's books can be just as affecting and wonderfully written as those written for adults. This startling book had me gripped from page one... it's like The Lovely Bones for teenagers and is quite simply unforgettable. Excellent. Evening News (Norwich) This is an original, often blackly humorous novel, which sets out to probe beneath the surface of easy assumptions. Irish Times Tender, thoughtful and idealistic, this is a tough but immensely worthwhile read. The Independentshow more

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141 ratings
2.85 out of 5 stars
5 9% (13)
4 19% (27)
3 32% (45)
2 28% (39)
1 12% (17)
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