Title: The Samantha Granger Experiment: Fused
Author: Kari Lee Townsend
Published: 1 November 2010 (US)
Format: Finished paperback
RRP: $7.99 (US) $11.99 (CAN)
When Samantha Granger touches a meteor while talking on her cell phone, her life is changed forever: her body now has all the capabilities of her phone (GPS, phone, text, camera). She secretly calls herself a “Digital Diva” as she rushes to answer emergency calls. But will her identity be discovered when sparks fly (literally!) between her and Trevor, her dreamy crush? Samantha has to get a handle on her abilities and quick, because when Sam gets kidnapped and the entire town is in danger, she is the only one who can save them.
This book has the flavour of a cartoon, or a comic, without any pictures – it’s really good on dialogue and the way people interact with each other, there’s a clear, sequential story and things move on at a cracking pace. And it’s all quite readable – I wanted to finish it, to find out the end of the story (not just particularly to see what happened to Sam, who was frankly A Bit Annoying). Great original idea for a story too. And taken at the level of a comic book, it’s a fun read too, just don’t expect any great wordy descriptions or character development. And enough with the mentions of bodily functions, thanks. The characters, particularly the adults, are sketched out in fairly basic terms so that they are Typical Busy Working Mom, Much Loved No-Nonsense Gram etc. I wonder if it was written with the thought of being turned into a film or a cartoon? It would work too, as some of the descriptions of Sam as she is downloading GPS directions and taking recordings with her eyeball sound like they could be really funny visually.
I think that this is a funny and original read if you don’t expect anything too much, it’s a bit of fun.
There was enough action for me to enjoy the book.
Writing Quality: 7/10
The writing quality was pretty good.
Very original idea in that it had never been done before 😛
The characters were not that developed.
There wasn’t a huge amount of descriptions, but enough for me to imagine it.
32/50 = 64%
Thank you to Teen Book Scene for this book tour 🙂