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The Girl in the Hourglass by Drew Bittner
Cover Artist: Angela McKendrick
Review by Paul Haggerty
eSpec Books Kindle Edition  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781942990130
Date: 31 August 2015

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In the real world, many children are, genetically speaking, ticking time bombs. Through no fault of their own, they manage to get just the wrong combination of traits from their parents that will make their lives a daily roll of the dice just to stay healthy, or even alive. In The Girl in the Hourglass, Kyrie Maxwell's situation takes this unfortunate medical nightmare and turns the euphemism into something quite literally explosive.

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High school is tough enough without being a ticking time bomb.

No...really. My name is Kyrie Maxwell and I lost the genetic lottery. My parents are Supers and it turns out they never should have had me.

I'm what they call a Double-Red. A child of two genetically modified individuals lacking a key combination of genes that would keep me stable.

They tell me the meds are to keep calm. What they mean is they keep me numb. Too much excitement and I, literally, could explode, so they make sure I feel nothing. I've been doped my entire life. Well...until I decided I wasn't going to take it anymore.

You know what I say? What's the point? If they aren't going to let me live, why try so hard to keep me alive?

Wait…do you hear something ticking?

(Source: eSpec Books)

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