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The sign of one / Eugene Lambert.

By: Lambert, Eugene.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Electric Monkey, 2016Copyright date: ©2016Description: 388 pages ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781405277358 (paperback).Subject(s): Twins -- Juvenile fiction | Monsters -- Juvenile fiction | Young adult fiction | Outlaws -- Juvenile fictionDDC classification: 823.92 Summary: On Wrath, a dump-world for human outcasts, identical twins are feared. Only one will grow up human, while the other becomes a condemned monster with 'twisted' blood. When sixteen-year-old Kyle is betrayed, he flees for his life with the help of Sky, a rebel pilot with trust issues. As the hunt intensifies, Kyle soon realises that he is no ordinary runaway, although he has no idea why he warrants this level of pursuit. The hideous truth they discover could change the fate of Wrath and its harsh laws forever. Their reluctant, conflicted partnership will either save them or bring about their destruction.
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On Wrath, a dump-world for human outcasts, identical twins are feared. Only one will grow up human, while the other becomes a condemned monster with 'twisted' blood. When sixteen-year-old Kyle is betrayed, he flees for his life with the help of Sky, a rebel pilot with trust issues. As the hunt intensifies, Kyle soon realises that he is no ordinary runaway, although he has no idea why he warrants this level of pursuit. The hideous truth they discover could change the fate of Wrath and its harsh laws forever. Their reluctant, conflicted partnership will either save them or bring about their destruction.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Irish author Lambert offers readers an action-packed dystopian tale in this debut. In the brutal world of Wrath, twins are separated from their families at a young age until it can be determined which one is the "twist," known to turn evil and threaten the fragile civilization on this newly settled planet. Once identified, the twist is killed. After an attack on members of his small community in the Barrenlands, Kyle is forced to flee when a ruinous secret is revealed. With the reluctant help of Sky, a rebel windjammer pilot, he sets out. Kyle quickly becomes the subject of a national manhunt, raising questions as to why he, a lowly boy from the Barrenlands, is so important. He depends on Sky for survival, and when he falls for her, he finds that she seems to have her own agenda. Even those who dip lightly into dystopian fiction will recognize the many familiar tropes in this title: a tyrannical government ruling through fear and lies, rebel forces fighting against the oppressor, and a love interest who can't be trusted. Though there don't appear to be sentient beings previously living on Wrath, sidestepping issues around colonization, Lambert does raise some interesting ideas about evolution. Constant action keeps the pace moving forward, but there is the occasional lull. Most of the novel's bigger questions are answered by the end, with some loose threads that open this up for a sequel. VERDICT A good selection for where dystopian titles are in high demand.-Danielle Jones, Multnomah County Library, OR © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

This British import takes place on Wrath, a forgotten dump world for outcasts, where identical-twin births are common but cursed: one twin is human; the other twisted with unnatural abilities. By the Saviour's decree, twins are taken from their parents, raised in camps, and tested yearly until one manifests as a twist and is executed. This is Kyle's first year attending the Peace Fair his mother has never let him go and he's troubled by the twins in their cages. One of each pair is supposedly a monster, and yet, they look like normal kids. Wrath, the agrarian world augmented by scavenged technology, is an inventive backdrop, but Lambert doesn't do anything new with his dystopian evil twin premise. After a revelation, Kyle follows a predictable pattern, fleeing with a scrappy female rebel, joining the resistance, learning the Saviour's dirty secrets, and turning from a reluctant hero to a true one. However, Lambert writes with enough skill to keep Kyle's journey thrilling, ending with a strong hook for the second volume. An additional purchase where dystopias are popular.--Hutley, Krista Copyright 2017 Booklist

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