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Monster Republic: The Divinity Project by Ben Horton
Corgi Childrens Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780552560573
Date: 01 January 2010 List Price 5.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

Uncorrected Proof Copy: A debut SF adventure by British author Ben Horton, due for release from Corgi in January 2010. The book itself sounds cool enough...

"An explosion in a nuclear power plant. Kids patched up with scavenged body parts and bionic implants. A growing army of superhuman soldiers programmed for destruction. 'No', whispered Cameron to the monster in the glass. And he watched it shaking its hideous head. 'That's not me. You're not me'."

... but I find myself quite taken with Horton's mission statement as outlined on the publisher's press release. The author has "... set out to write a book that would steal young people's imaginations [away] from the Xbox, MSN and I-Phones..." - if he pulls that noble objective off, then good on him, say I.

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