In a race against time, Robyn must track down the individuals with this rare gene before the MRI turns them into lab rats. But when she meets the three teenagers, she realises that protecting them from the MRI is not only about saving their lives. Fletcher, Ariana and Eli are capable of more than anyone realises; they are part of an ancient cycle designed to keep the Earth in balance. A terrible future awaits the planet if the MRI gains control of Robyn and her research before she’s figured out the kindred ties that bind these teenagers.
Obviously I don’t want to say too much about Emergence (book 2) because SPOILERS, but suffice to say I am busting to get my hands on the final book in this trilogy!
Ok, so I loved these books! It feels kind of like Captain Planet meets Animorphs (and if you are as old as me that will mean something haha) and Emergence throws a little bit of a Divergent vibe into that too. The genetics stuff made my sciencey little heart happy, and I’m always thrilled to spot some of my hometown Canberra in a book (this was something that I felt like was done so well in these books).
Besides being fun and adventurous and – let’s be honest – just a bit nerdy, the Kindred Ties books look at some serious issues too. There is quite a bit about environmental conservation – the importance of looking after our planet and the amazing creatures we share it with. I also really appreciated the ‘coming of age’ aspect of Robyn’s story – we see her struggle with where she fits in and who she is, including questioning her sexuality. I think it is really important to have characters in our books who are still figuring themselves out despite being smart and opinionated and ‘grown-up’.
On that topic, while the Kindred Ties series definitely fits into young adult, I feel like it pushes past that age range into the mid twenties really successfully. Obviously I’m a big believer in YA being a great read for adults too, but I think there is a bit of a gap in the literary world for books about university-aged people still coming of age (does that even make sense?). Anyway, the mix of teens and early-twenties protagonists worked really well for me.
I gave these two each a solid four stars and – like I said above – I am so looking forward to finding out what happens next!
Don’t forget to come back on in a few days for my Q&A with Marita!
*** Kindred Ties ***
Convergence and Emergence
Available now from Harbour Publishing