The second book of the Clone Codes (Clone Codes,Â 2010) focuses on Houston Ye, the teen cyborg who helped the clone Leanna escape the government forces seeking her in fulfillment of its policy of discrimination against any deemed not completely human. Houston's life was saved by technology, but his nonhuman status resulted in abandonment by his family. Now he finds himself on a hijacked spaceship with Leanna and a boy genius heading for the Moon to look for the protection of his guardian, another cyborg, who had been a friend of his father. The Moon, away from the attention of the Federation, has become a place where Firsts (fully human), cyborgs and clones can get along. The Federation decides to clamp down further on cyborgs, triggering a wave of protests modeled on the Civil Rights movement. The McKissacks continue to successfully draw parallels between a futuristic world that tries to control those considered different and historic racial struggles. The characters are drawn without much complexity, but the worldbuilding is intriguing, there is plenty of action and ethnic diversity in a science-fiction tale is welcome. (Science fiction. 12 & up)
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Gr 4-7--It is the year 2171, and scientists have learned to clone human beings and replace body parts, but at a price. Houston Ye is on a boat with his mother when he has an accident. Doctors are able to save his life, but they have to replace his eye, arm, leg, and heart with biofe parts. He is now a cyborg in a world where cyborgs are discriminated against and treated as second-class citizens. He and his friends Leanna (the clone from the first novel) and Carlos stand up to the cyborg community, which is trying to use violent protests against the passing of the Wholer Act. They use examples of Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to convince the cyborgs to use nonviolent protests to change the laws. This sci-fi adventure is mixed with historical comparisons with Ernest Shackleton's crew and the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. It's a fast-paced book, sometimes too much so. There is little character development, and the plot takes sudden jumps that makes it difficult to follow. The novel includes background information on the laws dealing with clones and cyborgs, a brief history of the events that led up to this time, as well as a "yesterday and tomorrow" section that compares the events in the story to historical events. Additional.--Erik Carlson, White Plains Public Library, NY[Page 166]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.