by Kevin Brooks
Cover Artist: Photo by Ghislain & Marie David De Lossyl
Review by Alana Hurley
Push Mass Market ISBN/ITEM#: 9780439903424
Date: 01 February 2008 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Author Kevin Brooks writes stories of the angst and isolation of adolescence, and Being is no different, except that the protagonist, Robert Smith, has to deal with the sudden realization that while he may look normal on the outside, on the inside there are: "Plastic casings. Silver filaments. Moving metal parts." He's decidedly not a normal teen. Reviewer Alana Hurley found the story a bit unsatisfying in the end, but not without its worthwhile moments. Think Borne Identity (2002) meets D.A.R.Y.L. (1985). From official release/information:
Book Description: It was just supposed to be a routine exam. But when the doctors snake the fiber-optic tube down Robert Smith's throat, what they discover doesn't make medical sense. Plastic casings. Silver filaments. Moving metal parts. In his naked, anesthetized state on the operating table, Robert hears the surgeons' shocked comments: "What the hell is that?"
"It's me," Robert thinks, "and I've got to get out of here." Armed with a stolen automatic and the videotape of his strange organs, he manages to escape, and to embark on an orphan's violent odyssey to find out exactly who--exactly what--he is.