Review: Control

Nov •  25 •  2013

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ControlControl by Lydia Kang
Published by Dial Books for Young Readers on December 26, 2013
Genres: Young Adult-Science Fiction
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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When a crash kills their father and leaves them orphaned, Zel knows she needs to protect her sister, Dyl. But before Zel has a plan, Dyl is taken by strangers using bizarre sensory weapons, and Zel finds herself in a safe house for teens who aren’t like any she’s ever seen before—teens who shouldn't even exist. Using broken-down technology, her new friends’ peculiar gifts, and her own grit, Zel must find a way to get her sister back from the kidnappers who think a powerful secret is encoded in Dyl’s DNA.

I love reading debut novels from authors because I feel you can never compare them to their other books and so one can just sit back and take in the full novel and see where it goes. Control was a book that caught my attention with its cover and is one that surprised me with its content.

The book had it moments where I was not sure with what was happening, especially in the beginning. I just felt that everything was happening to fast and I wanted things to slow down just a little bit for someone to explain some of the pondering thoughts that were crisscrossing through my mind at the moment. I was not sure where to go with the book and thankfully things cleared up for me.

The characters were crazy. Zel is someone who lives in a world where there are things no one would expect there to be. I feel that Zel has her own different way that no other book has properly brought yet and I was really happy to dive into her world and learn things like she was for the first time.

I have to say the romance in the book was kind of iffy for me in the sense that I just was not feeling it. I am curious to see where things go in the next book because of the way the book ended. That is all I will say on that if you want to know more go read the book yourself.

This book was a fun different book for me to read. I was not sure of where it was going but I am glad that I picked it up. Lydia Kang sure does know how to capture one’s attention with her debut novel that will surely have you wanting more.

I give the book 4 bites!





  1. I completely agree with you about debut novels. Nothing is worse than when people go “oh, her other books were so much better, etc.” You go into a debut with an open mind and no judgement, which is awesome. I’m really interested in reading this but am a bit concerned about the iffy romance.

  2. Candace
    Nov 26, 2013

    Sometimes books just move so fast that you lack emotion. That happened to me recently. This sounds like an interesting concept though!

  3. Hm… still sounds pretty enjoyable. Plus, I’ve been in the mood for different. Might have to check this one out.

  4. Jenni
    Mar 17, 2014

    It’s too bad the romance fell a little flat for you but I’m happy to see that you really enjoyed this one overall!