Book: External Forces
Series: The Laws of Motion #1
Author: Deborah Rix
Page Count: 268
Published: Dime Store Books, November 16, 2013
It’s 100 years since the Genetic Integrity Act was passed and America closed its borders to prevent genetic contamination. Now only the enemy, dysgenic Deviants, remain beyond the heavily guarded border. The Department of Evolution carefully guides the creation of each generation and deviations from the divine plan are not permitted.
When 16-year-old Jess begins to show signs of deviance she enlists in the Special Forces, with her best friend Jay, in a desperate bid to evade detection by the Devotees. Jess is good with data, not so good with a knife. So when the handsome and secretive Sergeant Matt Anderson selects her for his Black Ops squad, Jess is determined to figure out why.
As her deviance continues to change her, Jess is forced to decide who to trust with her deadly secret. Jess needs to know what’s really out there, in the Deviant wasteland over the border, if she has any hope of making it to her 17th birthday. Because if the enemy doesn’t kill her first, the Department of Evolution probably will.
Although I have read several Young Adult titles, I can’t say they’re my forte in reader experience. But, the ones I’ve read were all good ones so I think I got lucky. With External Forces , I hit the jackpot again.
We’re far into the future where the people are considered either one of two options. The Devotees, genetically correct people whose lives and procreation is controlled by the Department of Evolution, and the Deviants, who are basically everyone else that’s left, the discarded ones because of their imperfect nature. 16 year old Jess starts her life as a Devotee but on the verge of deciding her future, she realizes she might be becoming a Deviant. With the pressure of the future, the fear of being discovered by the Department of Evolution, and the tumble into the world of Special Forces, Jess’ routine albeit dull life becomes a fight for survival.