Sunday, July 18, 2004

The Angel Factory ****

Blacker, Terence. The Angel Factory. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2001.

Thomas comes from one of those families that seems almost too good to be true. They are all good looking, they never fight. The only problem is that Thomas can't quite figure out what his parents do for a living. Everything is turned upside down when, at the suggestion of his friend Gip, they download some files from his father's computer to see if he works for the CIA. On their family vacation/business trip to Santa Barbara, Thomas follows his parents to their business meeting and finds that their job is definitely not what they told him it was. Upon his return home, he finds out that his teacher, has decoded the file from the computer, and it says that he was adopted. Still angry with his parents for lying to him, he finds out that his parents are, in fact, from another planet and are involved in a plot to improve the Earth internally because humans wouldn't take the help otherwise. They try to recruit him to work for the Project, but he is torn between doing what he was raised to do, or doing what he thinks is right.

On the book cover, this books is compared to Lois Lowry's _The Giver_. While it isn't that similar, I would have to say that anyone who enjoyed _The Giver_ would definitely enjoy this book as well. This genre isn't really my favorite, but even I enjoyed this book. It is fast paced and enjoyable.

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