Jay’s a cyborg who looks just like normal teenage girl. She’s super-strong, super-smart, and she can even appear to grow and age like a human. When a covert organization intent on using Jay as a weapon comes after her, she needs to find a place where she can blend in. Greenfield High seems perfect… except that the boys all think she’s totally hot and keep hitting on her, and she has no clue how to handle the attention. Who knew high school could be so perilous?
To add to her confusion she’s evolving – experiencing human emotions for the first time. And when she encounters ex-jock-turned-outcast Tyler, he sends her logical brain into a spin. She’s just starting to get the hang of this girlfriend/boyfriend thing when her pursuers track her down. Now’s sooo not the time for a cyborg to fall in love and get all emotional!
Over 2 million reads on Wattpad; Optioned for TV by Cream Drama, Inc., Canada
Winner, YA category: Gulf Coast RWA Silken Sands Self-Published Star contest
Winner, YA category: Maryland Romance Writers Reveal Your Inner Vixen contest
Other Young Adult books by Maree Anderson:
- Freaks in the City (Freaks, Book 2)
I write paranormal romance, fantasy, and young adult books. I live in beautiful New Zealand, home of hobbits, elves, and kiwis — both the fruit and the two-legged flightless variety. I'm owned by a highly amusing cat who does awesome forward rolls... but never at convenient moments when I have a camera handy. My first novel for young adults, Freaks of Greenfield High, was optioned for TV by Cream Drama, Inc., Canada, and currently has over two million reads on Wattpad. I recently released the 3rd book in the Freaks series, and I'm currently working on a second book in the Liminals series. When I'm not writing, I'm reading... and debating whether to wrestle with the espresso machine or settle for a plunger coffee.
"Major Kudos for Originality: Take The Terminator and throw in teenage angst, bullying, and a machine that discovers it/she can feel and you’ve got the wonderfully original FREAKS OF GREENFIELD HIGH.
The Emotional Pull:
The author did a brilliant job of showing Jay’s confusion as she evolves, becoming more human as she interacts with others. At first, she analyzes her feelings and breaks them down into chemical reactions. Later, her confusion escalates and she worries she’s malfunctioning as her feelings for Tyler grow. She begins to care and eventually to love. Something she never thought possible for a being like her.
Then when Tyler discovers the girl he’s falling for is a cyborg, the scene is utterly heartbreaking. I felt his pain and understood his anger and hurt. Wow, emotion on every page there.
[...]Wow, the author certainly ramped things up at the end when the bad guys finally track Jay down and she does what she needs to do to keep Tyler and his family safe. What a page turner. Again, my heart broke for Tyler and what he had to go through, but it was worth it in the end.
[...] I think this book is more suitable for the older, high-school teen crowd. But if you like YA with a bit of romance and Sci-Fi thrown in, this is definitely the book for you." Lori Dillon, The Otherworld Diner
"[...]a great YA cross between the Terminator movies and the Sarah Connor TV show. I devoured this book in two nights. It totally played out like a movie in my head. Anderson’s descriptions of cyborg Jay were amazing. I especially loved that Jay was a girl, trying to learn how to cope with new situations while learning more about humanity. [...] It was fast paced, riveting, real teen language that I loved and I didn’t want it to end." Renee Pace, Nitty Gritty YA Writings
"There are three things I’d like to see more of in fiction: ninja, bionics, and cyborgs. Maree Anderson has provided us with the latter, enclosing it in a YA tale of…well, coming to terms with feelings, but the author takes that sap and executes it superbly so it’s no way near as cheesy as it sounds. Needless to say, the cyborg is my favourite character." Tez Miller, Tez Says