Tankborn

By Karen Sandler
(Tu Books, Hardcover, 9781600606625, 373pp.)

Publication Date: April 2013

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Best friends Kayla and Mishalla know they will be separated when the time comes for their Assignments. They are GENs, Genetically Engineered Non-humans, and in their strict caste system, GENs are at the bottom rung of society. High-status trueborns and working-class lowborns, born naturally of a mother, are free to choose their own lives. But GENs are gestated in a tank, sequestered in slums, and sent to work as slaves as soon as they reach age fifteen. When Kayla is Assigned to care for Zul Manel, the patriarch of a trueborn family, she finds a host of secrets and surprises not least of which is her unexpected friendship with Zul's great-grandson. Meanwhile, the children that Mishalla is Assigned to care for are being stolen in the middle of the night. With the help of an intriguing lowborn boy, Mishalla begins to suspect that something horrible is happening to them. After weeks of toiling in their Assignments, mystifying circumstances enable Kayla and Mishalla to reunite. Together they hatch a plan with their new friends to save the children who are disappearing. Yet can GENs really trust humans? Both girls must put their lives and hearts at risk to crack open a sinister conspiracy, one that may reveal secrets no one is ready to face.



About the Author
Writing has been Karen's passion since the fourth grade when she wrote a four-line poem about a pony named Tony. After 15 years as a software engineer, she quit to write full time. Karen sold her first romance novel in 1997 and her first Silhouette Special Edition in 2001. Karen's real-life romance with her husband Gary is still going strong after nearly 30 years of marriage. They live in the Sierra Nevada foothills near Sacramento.
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