Book Review of “Hybrid”

“Hybrid” was published in 2013 and was written by Justin Anderson and it is his first novel. This book is available on Amazon.

This novel is written in the first person and is set in a future, post apocalyptic San Diego, and I would classify it a Young Adult SciFi novel. The main character is 18 year old Joshua “Josh” Mercer. Most of the population are either “Shells” (humans who have lost their sense of self and are little more than wild animals) and Hybrids (humans who have been genetically modified with animal DNA). The Hybrids eventually turn into Shells usually by the time they have reached age 25. There are a few “Pures”, like Josh’s little sister Chloe.

The Hybrids have special abilities based upon the animal DNA that has been added. This gives them extra strength, extra sensitive senses, etc, which is why many had their children modified to be Hybrids. The side effect of turning into Shells did not occur until long after the modifications had begun. These DNA modifications were developed and performed by a group that has been come to be known as “The Engineers”.

Chloe is taken by by “The Engineers” and they insist that the only way that Josh will get Chloe back. Josh goes through a series obloquy ordeals fighting his way to get Chloe back.

I spent seven hours reading this novel and had to urge myself on to keep reading it instead of just quitting. The plot was a little thin, and I did not relate well to the main character, Josh. At times Josh and colleagues were sneaking around trying to avoid Shells, and in the middle of that they begin yelling at one another. Josh bounces all over the place emotionally, acting irrationally much of the time. I give the novel the benefit of the doubt and give this a 3 out of 5.

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