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Maybe one day you will be...
Johnny and Kestrella are hybrids, victims of 'Creep', a virus which causes sufferers to merge with frequently-used items of technology.
As hysteria grips the nation, they live in fear of being rounded up and sent to the mysterious Centre for Genetic Rehabilitation, never to be seen again...
A compelling, thought-provoking and contemporary sci-fi thriller.
The TV option for Hybrids have been bought by Boulder, a production company based in Dublin!
Conceived as book one of a series, it won the HarperCollins-Saga Magazine 2006 Childrens Novelist competition, "to find the next JK Rowling".
Orange Prize-winning author Helen Dunmore said:
"It shows the reader our world in a different light and, like all the good, seminal writers of sci-fi, it takes the new technology and pushes it further and faster than is actually happening ... just as the great writers like John Wyndham did with Day of the Triffids and HG Wells with the War of the worlds etc."
"The central premise is that humans begin to bond with the pieces of technology that they use most. This hybrid virus - Creep - can give a girl a mobile for an arm, or a boy a computer monitor for a face.
"Like all pandemics, it creates hysteria. David Thorpe has imagined his world through and through, with its Gene Police, its Centre for Genetic Rehabilitation, and its feral, desperate kids who have hybridised and want to stay out of the clutches of the authorities. The question of what it is to be human isn’t asked directly, but the whole book implicitly deals with it."
ISBN 0 00 724784 2 | £5.99
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NEW! Hybrids is now available as an e-book! Only £3 on Amazon.
Download the first two chapters (PDF, 100kB).
Before it was announced that Hybrids had won the Saga/HarperCollins competition, some young friends wanted to turn it into a podcast. Maybe one day this will see the light of day...
Kestrella Chu is read by Izzy Rabey:
Johnny Online is read by Peter Horne:
Dion Thorpe, the producer: