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Zeroboxer

April 25th, 2018 - Posted in Library News -

20320562by Fonda Lee, Grades 8 and up

In the future genetic modification is the norm. We have made so many advancements that humans have been modified to be able to live on Mars without domes or special suits. In fact, every human gets a genetic package when they are born a bit like a vaccination – including anti-disease stuff, straight teeth, average height and weight etc. If you have money you can get super-packages to increase strength, height, beauty, intelligence… etc. Of course, if you are an athlete you are not allowed to have additional genetic modification, or at least that is the common perception, a little like our “no-doping” rules for athletes today.

Carr is an earth human who comes from poor family; he is a rising star in a sport called Zeroboxing. Zeroboxing is a fight in a caged “boxing ring” up in zero gravity. It is wildly popular and a big money-maker; the best boxers are super-celebrities. Carr is rising so fast that he has been assigned a brandhelm – a sort of personal director of marketing, PR and social media – named Risha Ponn. Carr and Risha, a genetic Martian, quickly fall for one another, so when a terrible secret emerges they are not sure how to overcome it. This secret could have devastating effects on Carr’s career, both of their futures and their potential relationship as well. Will the choices they make ruin everything?

If you enjoy science fiction adventures you might also like: Killer of Enemies, by Joseph Bruchac, Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card or Divergent, by Veronica Roth.

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