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Publisher's Note:

Mira has always almost had it all... until it all crashes and burns. She's hurt in a horrible car accident, and the only way the doctors can help is to try experimental prosthetics and chips that are implanted directly into her brain. It's a huge risk, but after months of testing and therapy, Mira is back, and better than ever. But soon her friends turn against her as their parents call her on …

Bionic

by Suzanne Weyn

Overall Book Review:

Human cyborg.  Is it a good thing?  Is it a bad thing?  This is the conundrum that Mira must face.  When Mira is badly injured in a car accident she is offered the chance to not only regain part of her past function, but maybe even function better.  But at what cost?  Will Mira completely loose who she is?

Only two words should be used to describe this book:  page-turner.  I picked it up one day and could not put it down.  Mira is a completely believable character.  Before her accident she is the girl you see at every high school–good at a sport, loves music, making college choices, worried about scholarships.  Even after the accident I found her one of the most relatable characters I have read about.  She struggles with emotions, what she should be feeling versus what she does.  I couldn’t get enough of her.

This book was a great read.  The language is very current.  Younger readers will easily be able to get into the story.  At the same time, there is enough complexity for older readers to feel engaged as well.  I can also see this book being a great group/class read.  The topics surrounding the ethics of creating a superhuman and how far technology could/should go that could be generated by this book would create hours of discussion.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Scholastic Press (A Scholastic Imprint)


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  1 mild obscenity.

Violence/Gore:  Report of losing legs to frostbite; report of broken ribs, nose and burns from car accident; teenager catalogs injuries from car accident of burns and amputations; character falls multiple times resulting in bumps and bruises; child is trapped in car during car accident; piece of steel pierces leg with some blood depicted; character has dripping bloody nose.

Sex/Nudity:  Teens hug; teens kiss on cheek twice; teens kiss six times; teens hold hands three times.

Mature Subject Matter:

Serious car accidents, crippling injuries, war injuries, PTSD, autism, scientific ethics.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

None

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
1
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
3
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
1
10

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About the Reviewer

I am a full-time mom, full-time wife, and overtime reader. I have been an avid reader for as long as anyone can remember. It must run in the family because both my mother and grandmother are also voracious readers and often pass books back and forth. Almost any genre can spark my interest, but I often go in streaks, reading a bunch of books from one genre, then switching to another for a while and back again.