Cyborg: The Second Book of the Clone Codes by Patricia C McKissackCyborg: The Second Book of the Clone Codes by Patricia C McKissack

Cyborg: The Second Book of the Clone Codes

byPatricia C McKissack, Fredrick L McKissack, John M McKissack

Hardcover | February 1, 2011

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How will Houston ever survive? One way is to tell his story, to hold nothing back-except when his life is on the line. That's when some secrets must be kept. That's when telling it all is dangerous. In this second Clone Codes novel, Houston must fight to overcome the rules of his strange universe, where the government uses laws to torment its citizens, especially cyborgs. The truth about Houston-his ultimate confession-could cost him his life and change the course of history forever. Drawing on parallels to terrorism, caste system oppression, slavery, and war, this powerful trilogy continues to present readers with troubling and complex moral questions.
Newbery Honor winner Patricia C. McKissack has collaborated on many acclaimed books with her husband, Fredrick L. McKissack. Together, they are the authors of numerous award-winners, including Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts and Black Hand, White Sails: The Story of African American Whalers, both Coretta Scott King Honor...
Title:Cyborg: The Second Book of the Clone CodesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:144 pages, 8.55 × 5.67 × 0.61 inPublished:February 1, 2011Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0439929857

ISBN - 13:9780439929851

Appropriate for ages: 8

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but wanted more Book one The Clone Codes, was an incredible story set in the future with a new kind of underground railroad for clones and cyborgs. It was amazing, and I could not wait for this one to come out. I was disappointed when I received my advanced copy. It seemed so thin. With only 107 pages of text from preface to end of text, and 144 pages with the endnotes, I was not expecting much. I was very pleasantly surprised. Set in a future when clones are basically slave labor, and cyborgs, humans who have replaced 3/5th of their parts with synthetics and have lost most of their rights also, are implanted with chips and tracked. The Cyborg Act of 2130 For the security and general welfare of the cyborg race, these protections have been established on this the 7th day of October, 2130. The Cyborg Codes All cyborgs must be registered with the Bureau of Cyborg Affairs (BCA). Those that are cyborgs must live within designated areas set aside on the Moon Colony. If a cyborg desires to live or work elsewhere, it must acquire BCA permission. It is mandated that cyborgs may not serve as officers in the World Federation of Nations' defence forces or serve in any national law enforcement agencies. Cyborg children must attend one of four cyborg academies based on test scores and abilities. All cyborgs over the age of 16 must be employed. Cyborgs need permission from the BCA to marry or have children. The BCA will provide cyborgs with medical insurance and health-care needs. Cyborgs cannot inherit real property. Cyborgs can only participate in amateur or professional sports within the Cyborg Leagues." This story continues almost immediately after book 1 finishes. Leanna, a clone raised as a normal child, Carlos, a boy genius, RUBy, a super and Houston Ye a young cyborg, are still in the thick of it. The new Chancellor of the WFN, Taylor Graham, has passed the Wholer Act, declaring any human with as many as 1 synthetic part is now considered a Cyborg and subject to the Cyborg Act. The Aliens called the O. have appeared to Taylor Graham and told him they will prevent humans from exploring beyond the solar system as we are not prepared. Leanna must gather the different groups in the Liberty Bell movement, and the Cyborgs, and fashion a cohesive movement to resist this new law. But things are not as they appear, and some friends might not actually be allies. The story is just really getting interesting when it ends, and we must wait another year for book three to conclude the trilogy. This is a great second instalment in a series, but with the size, I would have preferred one large novel, or even combine books 2 and 3 if they are only going to be a novelette of about 100 pages. The Clone Codes Trilogy The Clone Codes - Book 1 Confessions of a Cyborg - Book 2 Unnamed - Book 3 (February 2012)
Date published: 2011-01-26

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Clone Codes

"Tight and fast-paced, yet makes room for historical parallels that are vivid without being preachy." -Publishers Weekly

"Useful for classroom discussions." -Booklist

"This is fast-paced adventure with a provocative exploration of civil rights and identity." -Kirkus Reviews