I like science fiction, but I also like stories about people, and how they interact with each other, and this novel gave me both. The sci-fi lies in the idea that years from now people will use words that avoid labelling others according to whether they’re he or she, just as Ms avoids stating if a woman is married or not. That’s as it should be, so I was very much in sympathy with the author’s idea, but the complications that this lead to were amazing, and kept me up reading all night. I liked the setting too. Somewhere hot and sunny in France, where a lot of teenagers and older people on holiday start competing with each other for a prize that isn’t worth much, but it is a prize, so they all chase it, getting into the holiday spirit. It’s amazing what people will do if it’s for a competition. At the same time of course they’re all getting romantic with each other, and then things get serious, because jealous people become involved, and so do religious people, who I hate. The funny thing is that though it’s not meant to be serious, there’s this serious streak running through it, like a taste that makes me think about things. I got this book after reading Worthington’s first, and I was surprised, because that’s historical fiction, and this is in the future, and the style is totally different.
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UniqueSept. 1 2012
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Liked it, though I wish there was more to the story. Hope there's is a continuation.
I recommend to read the glossary in the back first, since the language is a little hard to distinguish. Overall is a great story, the characters each have a mind of their own. I had to look up the glossary at the beginning since I was too confused at first, but then it all made sense once I knew why they used the language they did.
The story enfolds beautifully.
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Worthington's BestFeb. 27 2011
J. R. Lindensmith
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I've read many YA novels. All of them horrible, horrible mindless pieces of trash. One-dimensional characters who are constantly bored with themselves and each other. Graham Worthington's ZORN, however, is pure genius. One of the most original pieces I've read in a long time. A warning not only to future teenage generations, but our society as a whole. I love the themes about political correctness and fitting in. No matter how many scientific and supposedly intellectual advances we make over the course of history, one thing never changes: human emotion.