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Jennifer Rush
Teen Fiction RUSH

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In Rush's action-packed debut, first in a planned series, homeschooled 18-year-old Anna Mason has a life ruled by secrecy. Her widower father works for a clandestine organization called the Branch, and four gorgeous genetically altered teenage boys live in the basement laboratory of their New York State farmhouse. Anna feels especially connected to one of the boys, Sam, even though he, like the others, has no memories of life outside his basement cell. When the Branch tries to collect "the units," chaos erupts, and Sam, Anna, and the others take off on the run. Together, they drive across several states, decoding a trail of clues and bringing Anna and Sam closer than ever. Anna is refreshingly and realistically uncomfortable with the ongoing violence surrounding their escape. Her interactions with the boys (whose somewhat one-note personas-the leader, the smart one, the hothead, and the goofball-can't help recalling another product of genetic manipulation, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) keep the story moving quickly, along with a steady unfolding of revelations and events. Ages 12-up. Agent: Joanna Volpe, New Leaf Literary and Media. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Debut author Rush's unforgettable YA novel addresses the challenges of learning that you can't rely on your own memories. Annie and the four genetically altered boys who live in her basement escape from the Branch and are on the run while trying to piece together their lives. What they learn is shocking and deadly. Will they be able to beat the Branch and get their freedom? The story is fast paced and holds listeners' attention until every twist has come and gone. Casey Holloway does a decent job narrating, though at times it sounds a bit choppy. However, the story is so well done that you cannot help but be drawn into their world as they struggle to put the pieces of their lives together. Verdict Fans of SF and fantasy YA novels as well as those who enjoy psychological thrillers will appreciate this title.-Stephanie Charlefour, Wixom P.L., MI (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Age: 18
Homeschooled; makes friends with the men imprisoned in her father's underground lab; helps them escape;.

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