XJ Patterson just wants to be a normal teenager. She wants to hang with friends, enjoy the prom and spend time with her boyfriend, if she had one. But XJ’s life is anything but ‘normal.’ She a GEP, as in Genetically Enhanced Person, a person designed and endowed with unique abilities and a person of interest to CAGE, the Coalition to Assimilate Genetically Enhanced persons. To make matters worse, she’s the daughter of Dorothy Patterson, a mysterious woman who is also an active a revolutionary movement determined to keep GEPs free. And then there’s Brandon Miller, cute, rich, white Brandon Miller. XJ likes him, he likes her, but a myriad of complication and secrets keep them apart. Such is the life of a GEP.
Alicia McCalla has taken a variety of issues, teenage agnst, biracial romance, genetic tampering and government control and brewed them into an interesting and exciting mix. Breaking Free is the first book in her Genetic Revolution Series. In this book we are introduces to XJ Peterson, Brandon Miller and the volatile mix of realities and emotions that make up XJ’s world. XJ’s world is similar to that of Marvel’s X-men, where those with enhanced abilities are distrusted and some call for them to be controlled. On the other hand, many of the GEPs have submitted to government control and are prominent members of society. XJ wants nothing to do with either side, but her relationships draw her deeper and deeper into the struggle against her will.
Alicia has done a good job with XJ, making her the typical teenager in some respects while showing her emerging maturity. Like a teenager, she bounces between responsible and irrational decisions as she struggles with a situation that forces her to confront her powers and the people she loves. She’s also susceptible to those raging hormones, usually when in the presence of Brandon, a boy she hates just as much as she loves. Alicia is also excellent with action scenes. XJ finds herself in quite a few situations where the only solution is to fight and these fights are not easy .
I enjoyed Breaking Free. It’s refreshing to see such a book with a young black woman as the major character. The beginning of the book sets up therelationships and situations slowly, but be patient. Once the action begins its worth the wait. I finished the book eager to continue the series. If you have a young adult in your household share this book with them. And when they’re done sit down and read it yourself. You’ll both have something good to talk about. You can purchase Breaking Free here: http://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Free-Alicia-L-McCalla/dp/0983513376/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344417583&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=breaking+free+alicia+mcalla