In the novel, protagonist Jimi is thrust into the hidden world of chimeras when her close friend Del goes missing after an encounter with chimeras. Chimeras are humans who had their DNA combined and spliced with that of an animal's. For this very reason, chimeras were persecuted by a group called Humans for Humanity (H4H) that aimed to pass a law declaring all chimeras nonpersons, and thus depriving chimeras of all rights. In the beginning, feelings of distrust are seen, but nearing the end, chimeras are gathered and shot at, murdered, and tortured by H4H and its supporters. Although chimeras behave, think, speak, and act identically to humans, they are not regarded as people. H4H paints chimeras as the cause to all problems in the world and are blinded by their hatred. Similarly, people in the world today still hate other groups without clear reason and blame all problems on those groups (whether those groups be based on ethnicity or sexuality). All in all, Spliced is a fresh take on the dystopian genre but will also embed an important lesson in anyone's heart.
Rating: 5 stars
Review by: Suhasna L.
The book Spliced by Jon McGoran takes place in the future where people combine DNA with animal DNA to give animal characteristics. Upon the creation of this technology, a new act is passed in Congress which labels these “chimeras”, people who have been spliced, as nonhuman. The story follows a teenage girl, Jimi, as she attempts to chase after her friend, Del, before he ruins his life by getting spliced. Mostly, the problem of the book were the problems of the book. The book attempted to make the book about non acceptance of groups, which is okay, but the book goes only as far as to say, “these people are rejected by society. They should be included because they are human.” At the same time (both) relationships in the book felt shallow and didn’t make much sense. Another half baked idea were the dangers they face. The action was short lived and didn’t bring much suspense in the writing, or did not add to the plot. Unless you are very into the Sci-Fi genre, this book attempts to be too much and fails.