Book Review: Freak of Nature (IFICS #1) by Julia Crane

Title: Freak of Nature (IFICS #1) 
Author: Julia Crane
Genre: Sci-Fi, NA
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Donate Body to Science. Check.
When seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn checked the box, she never suspected she’d have her life–and her body–stolen from her. She awakens one day in a secret laboratory to discover that her body is now half-robot and is forced to hide her own secret: that she still has human emotions and a human mind. If the scientists who made her find out, they’ll erase what remains of who she was.

Kaitlyn finds an unlikely ally in Lucas, a handsome, brilliant scientist who can’t get over the guilt he feels knowing she was once a vibrant, beautiful young woman. He never expected a science project to affect him the way she does. As he tries to help her rediscover her past, he finds himself falling for the brave girl struggling to find her place and acceptance between the human and computer worlds.

Everyone, meet Kaitlyn
The first human cyborg. 
Created by IFICS, Kaitlyn's purpose was to become the strongest, most lethal weapon known to man. 
But there is one problem. 
And that is...
Well, you better read it. 
The idea of the human turned drone really caught my attention. Kaitlyn, having lost her life and now donated her body to science, acts very human despite her gear-controlled body and mechanically-supported heart. 
And, despite with those mechanical alterations, she is still human. She befriends Quess, the Adams' granddaughter and she feels for Lucas, her warden-slash-scientist, who helped in developing her into the cyborg she was believed to be.

I also like it for the following reasons: 

The training and modifications that Kaitlyn had undergone post-cyborg is quite detailed. From handling a gun to installing a slang chip, it made the book have the sense of authenticity as it walks through certain changes to Kaitlyn as she became more cyborg and less human. Or so they thought.

The romance between Lucas and Kaitlyn was just the right amount. The interchanging points-of-view between Lucas and Kaitlyn was also good as it builds up what one thinks of and feels for the other. I have one quip about this though. The book (for me) could have done without the love scene between them. Sure, it may have connected them more but, if the author really wanted to include a scene, it could have been better in the later books. That part felt rushed just so they (Kaitlyn and Lucas), despite Lucas' asking Kaitlyn if she wants to, can get it out of the way.

I really can't wait to read the second book and be able to see more of Kaitlyn and how she struggles with being the first human-cyborg in mankind's history.

And, I really wish more action scenes would be on the second book for the only action in the first book was this:

 "Half-human, half-machine. She didn't quite fit into either world. I'm an abomination, she thought, her shoulders slumping."

 Julia crane is the author of the Coexist: Keegan’s Chronicles. She has a bachelors degree in criminal justice. Julia has believed in magical creatures since the day her grandmother first told her an Irish tale. Growing up her mother greatly encouraged reading and using your imagination. Although she’s spent most of her life on the US east coast, she currently lives in Dubai with her husband and three children.
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