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( Read E-pub ) õ The End of Ordinary: A Novel Ì Drew Bergen is an Engineer He builds living things, one gene at a time He s also kind of a doofus Six years after the Stupid War a bloody, inconclusive clash between the Engineered and the UnAltered that s a dangerous combination Hannah is Drew s greatest project, modified in utero to be just a bit than human She s also his daughterDrew s working on a new project now He thinks his team is developing a spiffy new strain of corn, but Hannah s classmate and her mysterious companion disagree They think he s cooking up the end of the world When one of Drew s team members disappears, he begins to suspect that they might be right Soon they re all in far over their heads, with corporate goons and government operatives hunting them, and millions of lives in the balanceEnergetic and bitingly satirical, The End of Ordinary is a riveting near future thriller that asks an important question if we can t get along when our differences are barely skin deep, what happens when they run all the way down to the bone Fantastic sequel to 3 Days in April Can t wait to seefrom Ashton. Three Days in April, Ashton s debut, immediately went on my favorites list and while this one didn t make it there, it s still a great book The End of Ordinary is set in the same world six years later but with an entirely new cast although some scenes are obliquely referenced This time around Mr Ashton chose to go the YA route with some success, though I admit the scenes about the father are my faves As usual his strengths and major selling points are his humor and tech expertise, i.e he Three Days in April, Ashton s debut, immediately went on my favorites list and while this one didn t make it there, it s still a great book The End of Ordinary is set in the same world six years later but with an entirely new cast although some scenes are obliquely referenced This time around Mr Ashton chose to go the YA route with some success, though I admit the scenes about the father are my faves As usual his strengths and major selling points are his humor and tech expertise, i.e he can explain retroviruses while making you laugh D Where it fell short was in the overall story The individual elements and characters were great but somehow didn t quite gel the way 3DiA did In the afterword he mentioned something about this being a series of blog posts, which makes sense That being said, it s a super fast read with plenty of hilarity to keep you entertained So anyhowfunny, smart, fresh faces in the same world, but dinged a star because it felt a little loose around the edges Still very much worth your time and I m curious to see how Ashton continues to develop this world Free egalley from Harper Voyager in return for an honest review Fun transhuman fic The voices of the characters were very similar though and the same style or sarcastic humor got a bit grating after a while Reads like it would make a good mtv miniseries written by Diablo Cody. I love sci fi, and this didn t disappoint Hannah, the heroine and a not quite human girl, is a runner Her father, a researcher and genetics engineer, altered her genes in utero, and basically she s a sort of super runner designed for speed and distance But she s not the only designer human in fact, the world is divided now into the Alts or altered humans and the Saps , or unaltered humans the ordinary, good old homo sapiens Humans being what they are, there was a brief but blood I love sci fi, and this didn t disappoint Hannah, the heroine and a not quite human girl, is a runner Her father, a researcher and genetics engineer, altered her genes in utero, and basically she s a sort of super runner designed for speed and distance But she s not the only designer human in fact, the world is divided now into the Alts or altered humans and the Saps , or unaltered humans the ordinary, good old homo sapiens Humans being what they are, there was a brief but bloody war where Alts fought Saps and destroyed the A.I s in the process The A.I s were computer bugs come to life, and I guess they were collateral damage in what came to be known as The Stupid War They are also illegal now, having evolved into sentient beings and causing humans to feel threatened The book starts off up when Hannah goes to an exclusive private school with a superlative running team and meets a beautiful unaltered human, Devon Never having made a friend, she s amazed and flattered when Devon takes an interest in her, and befriends her She also meets the handsome and rather mysterious Jordan a coach for the running team, unaltered human, and unabashedly gay The story is told from several points of view Hannah Hannah s social dropout, nerdy father Devon, an unaltered human and fiercely competitive runner and Jordan member of one of the wealthiest families on the planet, whose father is fanatically against the Alts Each person has a different, engaging voice and the story flows easily and quickly from start to finish I loved the science behind the story, and the philosophy that humans will fight each other over their differences, no matter what they are is an interesting one The way the author tries to solve the problem is nothing short of astounding and very, very funny I highly recommend this book for anyone ages 16 and up