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"An inventive, charming tale with a strange mix of science and fantasy." —Kirkus Reviews
"Young adult author Porter makes her middle grade debut with a well-written, engaging tale of friendship that is peppered with intrigue. A strong purchase for readers who enjoy mysteries with fantasy elements." –SLJ
"A pleasing combination of energy and introspection, this is a mix that will land with both the thinkers and the doers." —Bulletin
- ASIN : B01N5FK17Q
- Publisher : Clarion Books (October 10, 2017)
- Publication date : October 10, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 6084 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 275 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1328707334
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #123,528 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Soon she is sent away to a beachfront colony for kids who are part animal and have unique special gifts. Some become good friends, others cannot be trusted (shades of Harry Potter). This place is full of mysteries! Plenty of action too, along with some bio-science.
This is a remarkably complex story. At first, it seems to be all about our human inability to accept those who are different from ourselves. Ada is mixed race, and even before she’s outed as a kime she’s had to deal endlessly with the question, “What are you?” Before she was identified as a kime, she could always answer that question with, “I’m a human being.” Now she can’t do that. But the normal people’s reaction to the kimes isn’t quite the same as it is to racial or ethnic differences – the kimes are assumed to be contagious, they have animal or insect appendages, they have super-developed senses, and many die at birth. And no one is sure how all this started. Was it really an accident in a genetics lab that set off these genetic mutations? Or is something bigger, even metaphysical happening?
Porter’s characters are fascinating and surprisingly believable. There’s a girl with dragonfly wings who can almost fly, a boy more seal than human who can spend hours under water, and a super attractive boy who seems to be part chameleon (his skin changes with his moods, and it can mimic anything it touches). And all of them seem like real kids, with the same fears and insecurities we all have. The politics of their situation adds additional levels of uncertainty, making it difficult to figure out who the “good guys” and the “bad guys” are. Ada may have kept her secret for years, lying to everyone about what she really saw with her super-human eyes, but the secrets and lies run rampant among the kimes, leaving Ada (and the reader) unsure of whom to trust.
TENTACLE & WING is a surprisingly dark tale, delving deep into the depths of human character. Adults and children alike prove capable of both malicious and benevolent. The lust for power is a driving force, motivating even those who seem like good and caring people. These are characters who struggle to do what’s right while never being quite sure what “right” is. Ultimately, the novel ends with a satisfying conclusion that ties up at least part of Ada’s story while leaving plenty of room for sequels. We learn a lot more about how the kimes came to be, and what their role might be in the future. I was reminded a lot of Octavia Butler’s LILITH’S BROOD series, as well as Margaret Atwood’s ORYK AND CRAKE (both are about genetic manipulation and what it might mean for the future of humanity). And both are very adult books, with very adult themes. TENTACLE & WING is for kids, but it’s challenging and though provoking on a very mature level. Both of my sons would have loved this book when they were in middle school. I highly recommend it.
Tentacle and Wing is a story about a girl named Ada who's father told her to hide the fact that she's different. A different that's misunderstood in her small world and could put her in danger. So for years just her and her father harbor this secret away from everyone, even her mother.
When Ada is taken away to a school for kids "like her" that's when things start to pick up and get really interesting. First of all this book gave me a reminiscent vibe of Peculiar Children except their head mistress wasn't as loving or caring. Then there was Gabe who thought he knew everything and was so power hungry it was incredibly frustrating to watch. Everyone had their own solid opinion about themselves which there's nothing wrong with but they were so closed minded they didn't bother hearing Ada out and when she would speak they all took it as a shot against them and who they were when that wasn't the case at all.
The story takes a really dark and wtf turn that just makes you hate Gabe even more. But as things start to come to the light, more secrets are uncovered.
I'm proud of Ada and the choices she made. How she never lost sight of herself and her opinions. And how she would fight for her friends.
The book closes as if it were open to be either a stand alone or part of a series, which I'm hoping it is part of a series because I'd like to know where this new knowledge takes Ada next! And how Marley is doing.
Porter makes very ambitious choices with canon and almost succeeds on every single point. Her description of the Institute where the children live is dream-like but filled with homey, pragmatic language and touches. The physical descriptions and the child/environment interactions are my favorite aspects of this book.
I have a clear mental image in my head of almost every child described. The writing is that vivid. I was less enthused about the ending which seemed a little too violent and rushed. I definitely need more from this author. This is a story I will not forget when others have passed out of my memory.