Original publish date: 10 September 2014
There are many events, which may happen in seconds or weeks, that you’ll experience that will change the course of your life forever. One moment changed the life of Kaitlyn, the cyborg with a human mind we met in Freak of Nature (review of which can be read here) and it also changed the life of Aaliyah in Julia Crane’s Fractured Innocence.
The quickly paced story picks up where it left off in Freak of Nature, with Kaitlyn working with Erik as an asset for IFICS (a corporation) due to her “enhanced” capabilities and her moral propensity to do what’s right. And, because Kaitlyn needs something to work on, we’re presented with the story of a South African beauty, Aaliyah, who offers a sense of diversity through her racial and ethnic identity. Aaliyah is kidnapped while walking her brother home one night and becomes entangled in a human trafficking scheme of Dasvoik’s, Kaitlyn’s target. The book addresses ethical considerations of how humans ought to be treated through both Kaitlyn and Aaliyah, with respect to murder, relationships, and control/power.
The seemingly divergent story lines alternate until they converge into the same story line and they come together well despite the rather heavy reliance on reader knowledge from Freak of Nature; there were descriptions to help clarify aspects to Kaitlyn, Lucas, and IFICS, but it was not nearly as detailed to easily stand apart from the first book of the series. I am disheartened in the editing of the book: it’s as if the last third is when the copy editor gave up. For example, Erik became Eric in some places, there were issues in misused and misplaced punctuation, the use of “if” instead of “it,” the use of “of” instead of “have,” a chapter heading not being formatted consistently with the rest of the book.
Overall, I’d give it a 4 out of 5 stars.