Author: Julia Crane

These Are Not the Droids You Are Looking For | Freak of Nature by Julia Crane

These Are Not the Droids You Are Looking For | Freak of Nature by Julia Crane

I know exactly why I downloaded Freak of Nature by Julia Crane from Amazon.com in 2014. I was looking for something to feed my obsession with Cinder by Marissa Meyer. While I read “Freak” rather quickly, it was a disappointing read. Freak of Nature is a formulaic read. There is nothing surprising in the plot. It progresses exactly the way you guess it will. The characters are two-dimensional (Romeo & Juliet + Juliet’s best friend) and never grow beyond their base emotional wants (I want to be loved. I want to belong.). At times the characters came across as whiny or dim because they vocalize their wants and discomforts on a regular basis. You don’t have to tell me in every chapter that it’s hard being a cyborg or it’s hard being a cyborg’s best friend or it’s hard being in love with the cyborg you helped create. After the first time, I get it. The most annoying thing, and this is probably somewhat trivial, but the image used at the end of each chapter seemed to cheapen the story. It’s a cute little robot. The main character, Kaitlyn, is a cyborg. In my mind, those are two different things. […]

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