Bodies and Soul Review by Suf

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Published in 2005 as a Sci-fi story for young adults by the one and only David Hill. Bodies and Soul is a thrilling and action packed drama for anyone who is into adventure, breath taking events and a touch of romance. This uplifting novel is a great read and is hard to put down from the first chapter.

Cal is an average teenage boy, but lives in the darkest places of town; Cal is a towner as Cal town is split up into sections. Towners, Exile Uppers, Globle and Centeral Lab. His family depends on Globle to supply the food for his family, but there is a twist that their family has to give back which is to be tested on with Globles experiments like injecting pig cells into humans and injecting human cells into pigs. When Globle secretly sneaks Cals DNA Cal has to leave his family and venture off to Exile. He moves to Exile and learns the dark secrets of Globle and goes on a perilous adventure to stop them.

As Cal goes further on his adventure he meets Becka, a unique and shy girl and also a talented dancer. Murry, an ex- exile worker who took Cals DNA. And the antagonist, Byron Blake aka. Smooth Face because he is bald. Becka sings about events that happened in her life. ‘They take you and beak you, they say they’ll remake you. But they buy you and bleed you and later they don’t need you. Till your peeled to the bone, with nothing left to own.’ This book is Sci-fi because they experiment on people. I think the intendant audience for this book are young adults because of all the technical language throughout the novle.

David Hill is an award winning author and was born in New Zealand, Napier 1942. David Hill is not only an author, but a journalist who writes for The New Zealand Herald. The authors David Hill looks up to are Marice Gee, Joy Cowley and Margaret Mahy who all inspire him.

Bodies and Soul didn’t hook me in immediately. It was a bit slow paced in some bits and as there were too many characters I couldn’t  remember. I did enjoy the action scenes with Byron Blake and there was a lot of descriptive language that really set the scene. But for me, I think it had that special ingredient missing.      

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