Thursday, November 30, 2017


Jones, Carrie. Enhanced. 
July 25th 2017 by Tor Teen
Copy provided by the Young Adult Books Central

After the events of Flying, Mana is back, and her situation hasn't improved. Her father is still deceased, her mother is in the hospital, China hasn't answered her texts for days, Seppie is going away to a summer program, Lyle breaks up with her, AND she gets attacked by an alien in the girls bathroom! She escapes with the help of another girl, who gives her a crystal before she dies and tells her to find the others like herself. When Seppie and Lyle are mind controlled by Pierce and come for Mana, China finally shows up and takes her to meet with government agents, where she finds out that the aliens really want to eat humans, and lied to the government in the 1950s about wanting to take humans to help repopulate their planet. Eventually, Seppie is taken, and Lyle comes back to help Mana locate her with the help of other Enhanced humans. This quest takes them to Maine where a trusted friend is found to be working against them. Will Mana be able to save her friend... and the world?

Flying was a very funny book, and Enhanced takes a little darker turn. Mana finds out a lot of information about the aliens, but doesn't get much opportunity to help her mother. Her real life issues are also sad, and ameliorated only by the fact that she is approached at the end of the book to join the government agency. Certainly, Mana's skills and grit would be an asset to any organization.

Jones' Need series is a popular one (evil pixies!), and she knows how to write fantastic chase scenes and fights with otherworldly creatures.

Reminiscent of Barnes' Tattoo and Fate, Pace's  Project X-Calibur and Patterson's Daniel X series, Enhanced lets Mana participate in the ultimate cheerleading-- saving the Earth from voracious aliens!

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