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The Set-up (Medusa Project #1)

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Fourteen years ago, scientist William Fox implanted four babies with the Medusa gene - a gene for psychic abilities. But Fox died and the babies were hidden away for years.

Now they're teenagers - and unaware that their psychic powers are about to kick in.

Cocky, charismatic Nico thinks his emerging telekinetic abilities will bring him money, power and the girl of his dreams
Paperback, 279 pages
Published (first published June 9th 2009)
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Emily May
Apr 01, 2011 Emily May rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily May by: Chelsey
Shelves: sci-fi, young-adult, 2011

This book was recommended to me by my 14 year old sister, Chelsey, and I found it an easy and relatively enjoyable read. I started and finished it within just a few hours.

The story is good, typical of young-adult science-fiction really. I enjoyed it but it wasn't unlike a million other books in this genre. Though I did expect a younger writing style, I didn't realise just how young an audience this book was aimed at; my typical young adult books tend to be somewhere in the 16-25 year old categor
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I'll make this quick as I don't have much to say about The Set Up apart from the fact that it wasn't as satisfying a read as I had expected it to be. The concept was interesting, so I gave it a go and it turned out that the execution didn't complement the idea. Based on the blurb, I knew I wasn't in for much of an original story but I had hoped it was going to be more enjoyable and intriguing, which, I'm sad to say, i
Feb 25, 2011 Chelsey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenagers - 12-15
Recommended to Chelsey by: Friend
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I think the title 'The Medusa Project' is the reason why I set such high expectations for this book. I've always found history very interesting and the whole 'Medusa' concept based book sounded very interesting. I was then very disappointed that it was nothing to do with the snake haired monster at all, it was something much more dull.

The story focuses on a boy called, Nico who has always had an infatuation with his best friend, Ketty. He would do anything to impress her. One day when listening
Kristen Keen
I previously read Girl Missing, by Sophie Mckenzie and I LOVED it, so when I found this book on the shelf, I was eager to read it! Nico, the step-son of Fergus, who is actually the principal of the boarding school Nico attends in London, has a crush on a girl called Ketty, an enthusiastic runner, however becomes disheartened when he sees another guy with his arm around her during a school assembly. During the assembly, furniture begins flying around, and everyone thinks a crazy storm has erupted ...more
Nina Higson-Sweeney
I don't know whether I liked this book or not. After finishing it, I was left with a strange sense of unsatisfaction...I know the series continues, but I don't think I want to continue reading it. It was a good book - it was full of action, drama and suspense - but the characters were awful. Each one seemed to be incredibly stupid, whiny, and irritating, and I felt like slapping each and every one of them. It was like their personalities weren't set in stone; they were constantly changing. I als ...more
I first heard about The Medusa Project via Twitter and after a quick bit of Googling I discovered what the mysterious Medusa Project was all about. Four teenagers. A government experiment. Psychic powers.

I was immediately left wanting more, and the little goodies I received on occassion from S&S did nothing to make me calm down about it. My big worry (besides not being able to read it) was that it would not live up to the expectations I had been placing on it.

Nope. It was good. :P

The Set Up
This is book #1 in a series called The Medusa Project. A man named William Fox injected 4 unborn children with an experimental gene through their mothers' umbilicus in a government experiment to create people with psychic abilities. Too late it was discovered that the mothers were also infected with a cancer causing virus that caused their early demises. The formula was hidden away and the anonymous children scattered. Now it's 14 years later, William Fox is dead, and the children's various psyc ...more
Sammee (I Want to Read That)
Another Sophie Mckenzie book that I really enjoyed! I really like her writing style and find her stories are always great fun to read.

This story focuses on Nico. It turns out that he was one of four babies who were given the Medusa gene - a gene for psychic abilities. Once his kicks in he thinks he can use them to impress the girl he really likes. But it turns out not all is what it seems....

I liked Nico. He is a tad cocky but he is also likeable. A bit gullible perhaps but overall I really warm
i thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to end. i enjoyed all the characters and the plot of the book.

this book is about a boy named nico who was injected with the "medusa gene" when he was in his mothers womb so was four other people. the gene caused all of the babies mothers to die roughly after 3 years of giving birth and the babies all manifestered powers such as telepathy, telekenesis e.c.t. these powers start at roughly 13 - 14 years of age after puberty. this book is about Nico discover
this book was hilarious! it probably would have been boring with out nico. god he is a BRILLIANT character.

Just like most of Sophie McKenzie's books this one was addicting. read it in about 2 days. its good if you want a short read or want to get out of a reading fad.

so the story is about Nico he is also the main character, and we fallow what happens when he discovers he has the Medusa gene. The Medusa gene is a gene that is implanted in a child before its born, and when it reaches about 13-14
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
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Why did nobody tell me about The Medusa Project before now?! I really feel like I've been missing out and now I have so much to catch up on! The Set-Up by Sophie McKenzie is the first book in the Medusa Project series, in which four teenagers find out that as babies they were all implanted with a special gene which has allowed them to have special powers once they've reached puberty. Really, how much do I love reading books about charact
Honestly I'd have preferred to put down a 3.5 stars, but if I had to round it up or down, 3 stars was definitely the more honest option. The plot is quite confusing as after a certain point loads of events happen one after another and it gets hard to follow. But even if it was confusing, I did like the overall plot as it was interesting. I think the main reason I didn't enjoy this as much was because of the characters - more than half the main characters annoyed me so much.
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This is a young adult book about a teenage boy who develops pyschokinetic powers. It transpires that this is a result of an experiemental project his mother and several other women were involved with to create children like him. Rebelling against his step-father's controlling behaviour, he discovers that not only are there are more children like him, but that there is more to the project than there seems to be.

There are some complex themes running through this book: the relationship between ste
Over a decade ago, four babies were implanted with a gene known as the Medusa gene. Its purpose? To bring out psychic abilities. But the scientist behind the experiment, William Fox, died, and the identity of the babies became unknown. Now, all four are teenagers, with no clue of the powers that are inside them.
Nico Rafael’s power is telekinesis, and he’s certain that it will bring him everything he ever wanted – including the girl he’s loved for years. But Nico is about to find out that sometim
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I am not sure how I feel about this book. I was enjoying it and either its my mood or I rushed to judgment when I ordered the next 2 books. I enjoyed parts of it, but, I am NOT a big fan of love triangles and that is what this is shaping up to be for at least a book or two. I do have to remember that it is a teen book. But, all I kept asking myself is do teenagers really act like this. All of them drove me nuts. If they all were not so annoying I could have loved the book and been a definite fiv ...more
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It might not help that I'm probably a little older than the target audience, but I found the characters annoying. To be honest, after I finished the book, I found that Nico's stepfather was my favourite character, because he at least didn't get on my nerves. Nico's POV at times was too immature and made me want to yell at him... I'll read some of the other books, because any other POV other than Nico's has to be an improvement.
Sophie (A Simple Book Blog From A Simple Reader! )
Title: The set up.

Author: Mckenzie, Sophie.

Rating: 3/5

Cover rating: 3/5.

In a nut shell, I didn't really eat this book is, it's predictable. I didn't like the romance, and I thought this would be something else, not a SyFi take on genetics.

The characters, I liked the characters, Dylan was my favourite, and honestly I liked Edward, but the main characters, Nico and Ketty were weak, and actually as interesting as a wet mop.

The plot: the plot was ok, I've read better, and it was predictable an
Sophie Campbell
This book was amazing. It really sets you up for the next series. It's a bit of a flow start but once you're into it it is brilliant. People who have read CHERUB by Robert Muchamore or H.I.V.E by Mark Walden will love this book! I read it in one day!
It is about four teenagers who have special powers.
Hokeun Choi
A book titled The Set Up in the series called The Medusa Project is by the author named Sophie McKenzie. It’s genre is listed as Mystery but it includes action. The main character called Nico is a very special boy who has this ability called telekinesis which is an ability that you can move things with your mind and he lives in England and studies in an Academy run by his father. He and Jack Linden a medusa project specialist tries and find the 3 other people who has the ability

I recommend this
The idea of this book seemed pretty interesting and there were some really good parts to the book. But for most of it, I didn't get a very good vibe from it. I didn't connect with the book and I didn't really care what happened to the characters. The only time I reacted towards a character was when the main girl (forgot her name) (view spoiler) ...more
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Gabriel M. Clarke
Recommended to me by my 11yo. Not quite the same cross-generational appeal as Skullduggery Pleasant.
Amazing! One of the best adventure books for teens i have ever read!!!!!
A fairly decent start to the Medusa Project series. It’s a little predictable at times, and the characters (both teenagers and adults) come across as being more than a little naïve most of the time, but it’s still a pretty good read that will appeal to the younger end of the teen spectrum (I think it would be most enjoyable to the 12-to-15 age bracket). I found the main characters to be somewhat lacking in depth, but perhaps that will be built upon as the series progresses. Despite its flaws, I ...more
I thought it was really good :) I can't wait to read the rest of them :D
so predictable and occasionaly cringe-worthy slang
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