Blog Tour Review: Spiked by Jon McGoran

Hello everyone! Today, I am so excited to share my review of Spiked by Jon McGoran with you on my tour stop! Spiked is the final book in the Spliced series, which I also read recently! (I’ll have reviews for book 1 and 2 up in the coming days!)

Thank you so much to the FFBC and the publisher for including me on this really cool tour and providing me with all three books in this series! There was supposed to be a bookstagram tour going on alongside this tour, but it’s unfortunately been pushed back due to the pandemic. It will hopefully happen soon though, so stay tuned for some pretty pictures of this very pretty book!


About the Book

Title: Spiked

Author: John McGoran

Publisher: Holiday House

POV: 1st Person

Genre: YA Dystopia

Release Date: May 5, 2020

Page Count: 352

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Kobo | iBooks |IndieBound

Synopsis: A plan for peace turns into a fight for survival in the third book of the acclaimed sci-fi thriller series. 

Committed to both peace and human rights for chimeras–people who alter themselves with animal DNA–seventeen-year-old Jimi Corcoran is torn when she’s invited to a gathering of moderate pro- and anti-chimera rights activists seeking to find common ground. But when a militant chimera rights group prevents her from attending–and saves her from being killed by the bomb they’ve planted–Jimi herself falls under suspicion for the blast.

Seeking to clear her name, Jimi and her chimera boyfriend, Rex, investigate the mysterious group. . . . only to discover that her involvement is no accident. As they dig deeper, they’re drawn into a whirlwind of secret identities, shocking experiments, and an apocalyptic plot that threatens the future of humanity.

In this thrilling conclusion to Jon McGoran’s timely and heavy-hitting Spliced series, extremists on both sides square off in an escalating battle between competing visions of the future of humanity, and of the Earth. Set in a near-future society where science is both celebrated and vilified, the Spliced series tackles weighty questions about genetic manipulation, artificial intelligence, population control–and when, if ever, revolution is worth a life.


About the Author

Jon McGoran is the author of Spliced, a near-future YA science fiction thriller that Kirkus calls, “Timely, thrilling, and more than a little scary.” Splintered, the sequel to Spliced, is now available in bookstores everywhere. Look for Spiked, the final book in the trilogy, coming May 2020.  

McGoran’s other books include the acclaimed ecological thrillers DriftDeadout, and Dust Up, as well as The Dead Ring, based on the hit TV show, The Blacklist. Writing as D. H. Dublin, he is also the author of the forensic thrillers Body TraceBlood Poison and Freezer Burn

When not writing novels and short fiction or cohosting The Liars Club Oddcast, McGoran works as a freelance writer, developmental editor, and writing coach. Freelance samples and ore information are available here. He also works with Anne Dubuisson to offer a more comprehensive range of publishing and editing services. For more information, email jon@jonmcgoran.com.


Review

Pros

  • Really great conclusion to a very fun and unique series
  • I really love Jimi and Rex! I didn’t originally like them together but they totally grew on me!
  • Takes place in the near-future, which really makes you think. (There’s even mention of a virus throughout the series, which is very timely.)
  • Speaking of timely, the concept behind this entire series is very timely and when you dive deep into it, it’s all so thought provoking and interesting.

Cons

  • As with the other books, felt a bit info-dumpy at times
  • heavy handed political messages at times
  • Wasn’t sure about one of the twists that happens in the book. (I won’t spoil it, but it wasn’t my favorite.)
  • A few things felt too convenient (more on that later)

I’ll start out my review by saying that I think that this book (and the whole series, tbh) are really well written and kept my interest throughout the entire book. I was able to read the entire book in a day during a readathon last week, so depending on your reading speed, it can go pretty quickly. It’s definitely a fun story wrapped up in a pretty package! (I mean, look at that cover! The entire series has really simplistic yet symbolic covers that I really love.)

As I listed in my pros and cons, this book still contains some of the flaws that I felt throughout the entire series, like expository scenes that go on for a bit too long, little info dumps, heavy handed political themes, and things coming completely out of the blue, but after reading the first two books, I simply had to finish the series out. The book was action packed and I couldn’t put it down.

The book is extremely topical in a slightly distant and removed way, but I think that everyone will be able to understand the themes of human rights, oppression, and protest in this series. It’s really fascinating, starting with our first encounter with Chimera’s in the Zurbs of book one until the last moments of Spiked. McGoran really gives the message that all people from all walks of life are deserving of love, respect, and the common rights that we all share.

I would definitely recommend this book (and series) to people who are interested in issues of human rights and are looking to see it through a different lens, and well as general fans of YA dystopia. Spliced, Splintered, and Spiked are all 3 great examples of why YA dystopia isn’t a dead genre. I would give Spiked 4 stars, which is on par with the other two books in the series.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Giveaway

  • 1 copy of SPIKED by Jon McGoran
  • US Only
  • The prize may be delayed due to shipping centers being affected by COVID-19

Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d9681b86491/?


Thank you so much for reading! Be sure to check out this book, and also check out the other blog tour stops for more reviews, guest posts, interviews, and more! You can find the tour schedule HERE.


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