Thursday, October 29, 2009

REVIEW: Blood Ties by Sophie McKenzie

Blood Ties
Author: Sophie McKenzie
Pages: 448
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 7th July 2008

From Amazon
When Theo discovers the father he thought died when he was a baby is still alive, he's determined to find him. The clues lead him to the lonely Rachel, who has problems of her own, including parents who compare her unfavourably to her long-dead sister. But when Rachel and Theo are attacked by men from RAGE - the Righteous Army against Genetic Engineering - at Rachel's school disco, they are rescued by strangers and taken to meet a mysterious figure. There, they both make some startling discoveries about their identities, which will affect their past, present, and future in dramatic and life-altering ways...

I thought that Blood Ties was a very challenging because it's about cloning and wars and stuff. As this is a rare subject, it was obvious that it would be different from Sophie's other books. Blood Ties is about Theo and Rachel who are the main characters. At first the two don't actually know each other but as the story develops they meet, as Theo wants to know more about father, after his mother, reveals that all the things he thought he knew about his father, were lies. Theo wants to know why he has a bodyguard and attends a posh boy's school, when they live in a tiny house with worn-out furniture.

Rachel is the kind of person who is extremely nervous and self-conscious about herself. Though this is because she is being bullied about her size. I liked this character because she wasn't one of those so-called 'perfect girls', like Jemima, who had the ideal life. She also seems to live in the shadow of her older sister Rebecca, who died before she was born. The fact that her parents are also constantly making comparisons between her and Rebecca doesn't exactly help the situation, but instead makes Rachel feel even more depressed.

I thought this book flowed quite well and the book was very well thought out. I thought that there wasn't much descriptive language which could've given us more of an image of what was going on.

One really good point about this book was how it ended - with Rachel and Theo not actually getting together because they are not allowed to know they exact location of the other to protect themselves. I liked this because it was less predictable and a twist because I originally thought they would be kept together!


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