This story probably isn’t meant to be an allegory to the current state of attitudes towards minorities, but once you start reading it, you can’t help but notice the parallels to modern society. The topic at hand draws inspiration from various sources – from the discrimination against people of the LGBT community (in particular against transgender people), against people of color, immigrants and also from draconian legislation passed in regards to human rights. I moved this review up on my schedule so that I could help (in my smallish way) to build some buzz for this title. First a definition:
Chimera (ki-mir-a) n. A person who pays back-alley geneticists to splice animal genes into their own illegally.
The MC Jimi was a bit aggravating at the start of the book, with her ‘disgust’ about the ‘terrible mistake’ the chimeras are making. She simply doesn’t understand her friend Del and worries about all the implications of becoming a Chimera especially after they witness a police officer becoming overly violent while he is apprehending some chimeras.
I’m not sure if I would call Spliced science fiction or dystopia? It is a world in which human gene editing has become possible and human-animal chimeras exists. In this dystopia, climate change has taken its toll, and only cities have power- the suburbs (zurbs) are kind of no man’s land where people live off the grid. Spliced imagines a world where a local legislation robs the chimeras of their rights as humans, and how quickly the hate-groups can utilize the neutrality of people who stay silent on the issue to harm the disenfranchised. I think this is a great book for parents and teens to read and discuss.
Bonus the author has a website where you can upload a photo and get Spliced!
Spliced By Jon McGoran September 29, 2017