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Halfskin

Written by: Tony Bertauski
Narrated by: David W. Dietz III
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Biomites are artificial stem cells that can replace any cell in your body. No more kidney failure, no severed spines or blood disease. No cancer. Pharmaceuticals become obsolete. With each dose of biomites, we become stronger, we become smarter and prettier.

We become better. At what point are we no longer human?

Nix Richards nearly died in a car accident when he was young. Biomites saved his life. Ten years later, he's not so lucky. The Halfskin Laws decree a human composed of 50% biomites is no longer human. Halfskins have no legal rights and will have their biomites shutdown. It's not called murder, merely deactivation.

Cali Richards has been Nix's legal guardian since their parents died. She has lost far too many people in her life to let the government take Nix. She is a nanobiometric engineer and will discover how to hide him. But even brilliance can succumb to the pressure of suffering. And technology can't cure insanity.

Cali and Nix keep a slippery grip on reality as they elude a maniacal federal agent dedicated to saving humanity from what he calls "The Biomite Plague"?

©2013 Tony Bertauski (P)2013 Tony Bertauski

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Very interesting

An interesting and well-thought out book. Good start to the series.

Callie and Nix are brother and sister in a world where bio-mites have replaced the need for surgeries. However, the bio-mites continue to live in the body and continue to help heal any injury the person has. There are also bio-mites for other enhancements - getting rid of hair, losing weight, anything anyone could want.

The people with these bio-mites in their systems are monitored by Mother. If and when the bio-mites replicate and reach 50% - meaning, the people are half human and half machine, they are eliminated. Callie and Nix are Half-skins; their bodies 5o% bio-mites. And they are on the run from the government trying to shut them down.

The plot was good, the writing wonderful, and the narrator does a very good job.

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