YA Science Fiction
Rating: 4 Stars
In the year 2050, a secret government study nicknamed Operation Source Code injects eight volunteers with a retrovirus. The goal? To abate the energy crisis by reprogramming human DNA to power personal electronic devices. The experiment works but with disastrous consequences.
Seventeen years later, Lydia Troyer is far from concerned with the energy crisis. Growing up in the isolated community of Hemlock Hollow, life hasn't changed much since 1698 when her Amish ancestors came to America. She milks her cow by hand, bakes fresh bread every morning, and hopes to be courted by Jeremiah, the boy who's been her best friend since she could walk.But when Lydia's father has a stroke and is taken to the outside world for medical treatment, Lydia and Jeremiah leave home to visit him. An ordinary light switch thrusts Lydia into a new world where energy is a coveted commodity and her own personal history makes her the most sought-after weapon on the planet.
My Thoughts: This is a strange but awesome novel. The idea seems a bit strange but it honestly seemed to work. In this world Amish seems to be the right way to live while everyone else is so advanced that they don’t even eat real food anymore. Just the though of people drinking milk from a cow or eating an animal was strange to those outside of the Amish community. When Lydia leaves she has her first reaction to electricity and ends up putting her and her friend’s lives in danger. The world that Ching created was amazing and he did a fantastic job showing us exactly how amazing it was.
Overall, I think that this is an amazing idea and a great novel. It’s not exactly my kind of story but it definitely kept my attention and that is what is important to me.