Thursday, April 23, 2015
Sapient by Jerry Kaczmarowski
A dog, a rat and a boy walk into a bar. But before that, 12 year old Robbie's mother, a research scientist, has been experimenting on animals trying to find a cure for Robbie's autism. When it seems to be working on a rat she has named Einstein, she also injects her virus into a dog. What she does not realize is that the US military, the CDC and others are highly interested in a virus that imparts sapience to animals. Desperate to cure her son, she injects him with the virus and then he and the animals must run for their lives. Einstein can "talk" by typing on a cell phone and makes many jokes about the dog, but together, the three of them make quite a team. There are, however, side effects that come with the serum that Robbie was injected with and he needs an antidote soon. The plot is fast-paced, thought provoking and funny at times and kept me reading to find out what would happen next. I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I think that the YA audience will love it.