Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Transhuman Project by Erin Rhew - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

The Transhuman Project
Erin Rhew
Publication date: January 15th 2019
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
When a video of Molly Richards is taken out of context and goes viral, she’s thrust into the upper echelons of social media stardom and becomes an overnight success in a country where Life Channel ratings reign supreme. As Kadar’s fastest rising celebrity, her life becomes a media circus, a show put on for the shallow national audience salivating for the next new thing.
But in a world where image is king, danger and death hide among the shadows. In the nearby country of Pacifica, the brutal Caezar turns his citizens into robotic weapons who infiltrate Kadar as sleeper transhumans. They walk among the populace, unaware they are pawns in the madman’s personal arsenal.
Only Molly, her friends, and an elite group of Kadarian fighters known as the Cyber Knights fully understand the transhuman threat, and only they can break the Caezar’s terrorist grip on both Pacifica and Kadar. Battling Fire Bots and humanoid agents, they seek to put a stop to the Caezar’s tyranny by unraveling the secrets buried between layers of deception.And they have to do it all while smiling and waving for the cameras.
As Molly and her friends peer behind the glitz and glamour, they discover something more frightening and more sinister than anything they’ve encountered yet…the truth.
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My Review
The Transhuman Project is the first book I've ever read by Erin Rhew, but I have to say, it was absolutely 100% one of my favorites. In fact, it's my only five-star read of the year (so far), so that should tell you what a great read it is.

 The story is about a girl named Molly who is trying to save her friend from the clutches of the evil Caezar of Pacifica. Her bravery and heroic deed is captured on film, though, and when the video goes viral in the country of Kadar, Molly becomes a celebrity, even though she has absolutely no desire to be famous at all.

The Kadarians are obsessed (like, insanely) with fame and viewing other people's lives 24/7. It's kinda crazy. Think of the E! Network/Channel on TV and times that by a million. Take the Kardashians (which is what Kadar made me think of every time I saw it in the book) and multiply their fame and constant need for attention by a billion. That's what being a Life Channel celebrity in Kadar is like.  

The girl who used to be number one? She's ousted from the top spot by Molly, and it irks her to no end. But how low will she stoop to regain her fame? And what, exactly, is the Caezar up to with his transhuman project? You'll have to read it to find out.

I thoroughly enjoyed every second of this book. It was well-written, with characters who were really well-developed. They had flaws. They had traits you could relate to. They were both likeable and unlikeable. I especially liked Molly. She was a tomboy who didn't care anything about fame and celebrity status. And even though she struggled with it, she still did what she could to "play her part" and keep the Kadarians happy and unaware of what was really going on. 

The plot is paced nicely, and the descriptive world-building had me imagining myself in the story alongside the characters. It's intense, it's emotional at times, and I loved it so much.

If you enjoy YA sci-fi, you'll definitely want to grab a copy of The Transhuman Project. I'm giving it 5 stars, and I'd highly recommend it. 

Author Bio:
Erin Rhew is an editor, the operations manager for a small press, and a YA fantasy and sci-fi author. Since she picked up Morris the Moose Goes to School at age four, she has been infatuated with the written word. She went on to work as a grammar and writing tutor in college and is still teased by her family and friends for being a member of the "Grammar Police."
A Southern girl by blood and birth, Erin spent years in a rainy pocket of the Pacific Northwest before returning to her roots in the land of hushpuppies, sweet tea, and pig pickin’. She’s married to fellow author, the amazingly talented (and totally handsome) Deek Rhew, and spends her time writing side-by-side with him under the watchful eye of their patient-as-a-saint writing assistant, a tabby cat named Trinity. Erin and Deek enjoy taking long walks, drinking coffee, lifting, boxing, eating pizza, staying up late into the night talking, and adventuring together.

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