Author: Chris Wooding
Publisher: Stoke Books
Released: September 28, 2012
Page #: 67
Source: eARC from NetGalley
"The Lazurus Serum can bring you back from the dead - but when you come back you've changed. You're a pale, an outcast. It's the last thing Jed wants, but an accident changes everything and Jed's forced to discover the true cost of living forever."
"We got the Pale on his way to school.
'Where do you think you're going?' asked Kyle. The way he said it, it wasn't a question. It was a threat."
This is a very short book, so the review will be as well. I'm always on the lookout for great hi-lo books for students. I know they go over like gangbusters for many kids, so I'm excited to find a new one. Especially when this one is in a different sort of genre than most of them are.
Jed lives in a time when death isn't necessarily the end of life. There is a serum that can keep people alive - but it changes the pigment in their skin. And the world looks at you like an outcast. He never wants that to happen to him or his friends.
I have been a fan of just about everything Chris Wooding has written. This short story is no exception. I think it's really well done and fully thought out within a few pages. I wasn't expecting it to be quite so rich, quite frankly. It's nice to see a hi-lo sci-fi/fantasy story. Especially because it covers some issues about differences in people and how people treat each other.
If you know readers who need those short stories, then I definitely recommend this one. It's a good one and it has plenty of possibility for discussion. So I think this one will go over well.
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