Star Split

Star Split

by Kathryn Lasky

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Overview

"Lasky provocatively explores the ethics of genetic engineering in this well-plotted novel set in the year 3038. Like everyone she knows, 13-year-old Darci Murlowe is a Genhant, or Genetically Enhanced Human, implanted with a 48th chromosome. But Darci is fascinated by 'Originals,' people whose ancestors could not afford extra genetic material, and she unhappily wonders if her DNA, so carefully chosen by her parents, has compromised her ability to determine her own future. These concerns shrink in the face of a shocker - Darci runs into a clone of herself, living evidence that her parents must have committed the capital crime of 'duplication.'" - Publishers Weekly

Author Biography: Kathryn Lasky lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786815685
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication date: 07/28/2001
Edition description: 1ST HYPERI
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

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Star Split 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
PortiaLong on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh, blech.This is what I get for reading sci-fi written by a non-scientist (hence-to-fore to be tagged "anti-sci-fi") and a self-admitted "science-phobe" (although I didn't find this out until I read the Afterword so perhaps I can be forgiven).This is a young adult novel set in a somewhat dystopian future. The ruling "class" in society are all Genetically Enhanced (Genhants). Non-genetically enhanced people (Originals) are lower-class citizens. OK, so far, so good.***Be-Warned: Potential SPOILERS***Without giving away the details of the plot-line of the book with regards to our protagonist Darci - a subset of the population realizes that the current genetic programs in place are threatening the future of the human race via the "Breaking Up" or the "Great Fracturing" (not rigorously explained so draw your own conclusions) and counter with proscribed genetic procedures to save the human race.The author does NOT at this point pursue the obvious and interesting (from a sci-fi standpoint at least) concept of the danger of homogenizing the gene pool and not allowing for the diversity needed for a healthy biological variation. No rational cautions about unintended consequences of science-gone-awry. No. Instead we weave off into "insights" of the concept of "Soul" and some sort of historical collective consciousness that contains, of all things, ancient words! (Such as, for instance, "Lord" and "God"). This novel would like to leave you thinking:Aaah! Cloning, evil geneticists on the loose! (Science is Bad, m'kay?)Life is not meaningful until you discover you have "soul" (don't worry, the ancient voices in your head will clue you in, unless you are one of those deluded science-y "tricksters".)Grrrr. The bits about rock-climbing are okay though.(PS. The writing is adequate, the characters are engaging enough, the world-creation was fine...it was the pseudo-sci-fi religious crap that stuck in my craw.)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This Book was a nice Shci fi book, I Thoughtit was Ok.Though it seemed a little dull beacuase all the dull and complicated stuff was mixed in with the good stuff. Though I am a shci fi Lover. Only Read this book if you are into cloning and a big vocabulary.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a little cofusing, but I really liked it. It made me really wonder about the future. It was really cool and I don't even read sci-fi books often!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book - it's one of my favorites. But it's really creepy to read it when you know that the genetic engineering that occurs in the book is already happening. An extra chromosome has ALREADY been created by scientists. In the PRESENT, not 1000 years from now. It's a terrifying idea that it's extremely possible that the conflicts in 'Star Split' will soon be a reality....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book (all though very hard to understand) was one of the best books ever written.It is a very deep book and if you want a challenge and are willing to read anything I highly reccommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Totally awesome book. Easy to understand if you pay attention the first time, great plot, and nice writing technique. An absolute must-read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very great plot. Very logical for the future. Confusing with some of the words, just read through it until the end and you will understand. Loved it. Plans to read again! Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
hard to understand! I mean, all of these, Genes and blah blah, I mean, interesting, but it's really hard to keep up with the storylines. I had to read the book over 5 times to really get. Otherwise notice, it's a good book, but, not great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I started reading this book, it was SSOOO boring and confusing, it took me a month to get through the first chapter. I got so bored that I wasn't able to finish it... it was a waste of time... DON'T READ IT!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book displays the truth. The genetic enhancments in this book are and/or will be available in the near future! We could rename Darci, Dolly for goodness sake! (Dolly is a cloned sheep by the way!) The moral is just ' Cloning is wrong!' which many people already figured out. This book made me think, scared me, and bored me, all at once!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the wierdest book I have ever read. Cloning is not my thing. The words are wierd and the whole story is confusing. If you do not like SciFi, then this book is not for you. I just learned that.