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Freak of Nature

(IFICS #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  3,043 ratings  ·  543 reviews
Donate Body to Science. Check.
When seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn checked the box, she never suspected she’d have her life–and her body–stolen from her. She awakens one day in a secret laboratory to discover that her body is now half-robot and is forced to hide her own secret: that she still has human emotions and a human mind. If the scientists who made her find out, they’ll
Paperback, 284 pages
Published February 2nd 2013 by Valknut Press (first published January 9th 2013)
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StarMan Sadly, no. It was a contradictory mess with impossible science and biology. But the main character herself and her little friend were likeable. Aside…moreSadly, no. It was a contradictory mess with impossible science and biology. But the main character herself and her little friend were likeable. Aside from the "romance," this reads like a poorly edited kids' book. I'm going to try Book 2 to see if things improve.(less)
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Haley ~ YA-Aholic
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"I don't want to be just a weapon," Kaitlyn said firmly. "I want to be a solution,"

I am a huge fan of Julia Crane's work, with writing that always flows really nicely and characters that I always get attached to, it would be hard for me to not love something she comes out with. When she warned me that Freak of Nature was different than her norm, I was a little nervous going into it. I was worried I wouldn't like it as much as her past novels, I am happy to report though, that Freak of Nature was
Sep 02, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi, ya-teen
I received this book in return for an honest review via Netgalley.

You can also see a copy of this review, and others, on my blog,

The blurb of this book kind of reminded me of Mila 2.0, and actually brought up the idea of Cinder - a cyborg that’s treated as a second class citizen. However, this book didn’t really turn out how I expected, and I was quite disappointed, to be honest.

Unfortunately, this book reads just like many of the independent books I’ve read. T
Sabrina Bay
Jul 09, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is free on ibook (YAY!). It looks awesome! I've heard great things about it! I will give it a shot soon, you should too :)!

Update: I read it!

I didn't like it as much as I expected to like it, but oh well. I found it a bit too cheesy for me. The good guy and the naive girl seems to appeal to a lot of people, but not me. I like bad boys, different couples, strong personalities (and a lot of things like that, haha)! I liked the plot, it was a good idea! I also liked the revelations, the
Sep 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: net-galley
Freak of Nature has a cool cover, I'll give it that. The premise sounded interesting, too. Unfortunately, that is where the compliments end. The whole story felt forced to me, and the main character was a bit angsty for a robot. The whole "romance" thing was so stupid. For once, I'd like to read a story that wasn't about that. Can't we just have a kick-ass girl that doesn't swoon and ache for a guy? I think this could have been a good story if the main character slowly went from being robotic to ...more
Lottie Eve
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars-average
I was drawn to this book because of the very interesting premise and the equally interesting cover. I was left more than a little disappointed. There were so many things this book could have been. Exciting, emotional, and meaningful. Unfortunately, there were many flaws that got in the way with that.

The flaws:

*Kaitlyn is supposedly highly advanced physically and intellectually. Awhile the reader is certainly able to see how advanced she is physically we are only told that Kaitly
I'll start off by telling you if you haven't read a book written by Julia Crane, you are missing out. This lady has got the goods. Obviously, after saying that, I had high expectations, and boy oh by, were they met.

"How could you possibly think I'm beautiful? I'm repulsive - a freak of nature."

From the minute I 'met' Kate, I felt her loneliness, confusion and sadness. Not only those emotions though. I felt her kindness & adored her inquisitive nature. Being the first 'Freak of Nature' aka cy
La Coccinelle
Aug 08, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult
I have no idea how to review this book without being mean. After slogging through nearly three hundred pages, I'm cranky and exhausted. I feel like I wasted my time, and I feel disrespected as a reader. This book never should have been published. Had I paid any money for it, this review likely would have been full of swearing; as it is, I'm having a hard time trying to stay polite.

Please, dear author, I want some more...

There is absolutely nothing I like about this book. I didn't go into it th
Adela Cacovean
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read it on my blog, in both English and Romanian.

Actual rating: 3.5/5

I would like to start this review by thanking Lizzy Ford, who gifted me this ebook on Amazon. Without her, I wouldn't have discovered this great series and author.

I usually know right from the start when I'm holding a good book in my hand... or a Kindle with a great ebook on the screen. I was hooked right from the very first pages. Kaitlyn is a very intriguing character, after all she's h
(Source: I won a digital copy of this book. Thanks to author Julia Crane.)
17-year-old Kaitlyn was in an accident, and ended up getting turned into some kind of half-human, half-robotic freak.
Kaitlyn does have some emotions, and she thinks that Lucas – one of the boys who works with her, is hot. She also knows the lab doesn’t feel like home, but she doesn’t know where home is.
Where is home for Kaitlyn? How can she feel something for Lucas when she’s mostly robot? And will her life ever be her own
May 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley, dnf
How far I got: 16%

I don't usually stop reading a book so early, but I just can't continue. This book is chalk-full of mistakes and it feels as though nobody even proofread it! Seriously... I mean, they can't even get the narration straight. It is told in third person narration, but look at this quote:

A part of Kaitlyn was curious to find out more about her past, but another part didn't want to know. What good would it do to find out she had family and friends who thought she was dead? It wasn't
Lisa Markson
Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received a ARC copy of Freak of Nature by Julia Crane. In my opinion this was her best book to date. It is considered NA instead of the usual YA that she usually writes but it was done emotionally and beautifully. I feel in love with each and every character in the story. Kaitlyn was a character that you watched bloom from a cyborg freak of nature into a young woman falling in love with Lucas and wants her previous life death not to be in vain. Lucas starts out as one of her creators but throu ...more
Aug 22, 2013 rated it liked it
This review and other cool stuff can also be found on

I was drawn to the book by the cool cover. I mean, how can you not love that? You can't. Really, great job to whoever came up with it.
As for what's inside? Well, it was entertaining enough for me to want to finish it (which is my personal requirement to earn three stars), but it was missing that something that makes a story awesome.

There's a lot of moral ambiguity in the characters, which kind of make
Andrea ❤Ninja Bunneh❤
I honestly wish that I could give this book more than 2 stars. I've never had this dilemma where I feel that a book has so much potential but it just isn't reached. I adore sci-fi. Terminator is one of my all time favorite movies. Hell, wrap me up Sam Worthington from Terminator Salvation in a bow. But, I digress. The cover of this book captivated me, as did the synopsis. Kaitlyn is a great character. She basically has been turned into a cyborg after donating her body to science. The conflict in ...more
The premise of the story is great. Yet the story didn't grab me quite like I had hoped. Not that it was bad! I still enjoyed it but I far from loved it.

My main issue was Kaitlyn. I felt strangely detached from her. She was created to not have emotions or feelings yet she does. but how that came across to me as a reader was empty. I didn't feel much curiosity and for all she is suppose to feel and understand she goes along with what everyone else tells her WAY to easily. So I got no distinct per
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews
Freak of Nature
By Julia Crane

“The world is the same as it has always been but one split second decision could change everything; one choice to check one box will undeniably change your life.”

Freak of Nature allows you to venture with Kaitlyn, the world’s first cyborg. When she checked the box while getting her drivers license stating she would donate her body for science, she never thought it could actually happen to her. Kaitlyn had died and she had no idea how or why but the people who have ad
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
The moment I set my eyes on that cover, I knew I had to read it. Yes, I am cover crazy like that. Good thing is that the book did not disappoint.

This book had me hooked from the very first page. What got my attention was the really innovative and mind-boggling plot. It sparked an interest in me instantly. I finished reading this book in less than two days as I couldn’t pull myself away from it.

Another brilliant work on the author’s part was the attention to minute details which I heartily applau
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
Whatever is going on with this cover..I want to find out!
Lea (drumsofautumn)
I thought Freak of Nature was overall very enjoyable. It is easy to read and has a unique idea but is still simple enough. It focuses a lot on the romance, which I was absolutely looking forward to going into this. I definitely found myself enjoying this less as it went on. It got a little unrealistic and the romance fell flat at that point but I still thought the ending was well done. I won't be continuing the series as I am not that invested and this definitely had an ending that was satisfyin ...more
Michelle Quinn
Jul 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tower-v
Nope, nope, nope, noooope.

Trigger Warnings for rape.

I don't even know where to start with this book. Ok, let's start with the story itself. Girl gets turned into a robot --well, half a robot, though I was never sure what of her was the robot and what wasn't-- but surprise, surprise, she still has feelings. Somehow, she decides that she needs to hide those feelings otherwise the scientist will take them away from her. Ok, that makes sense. However, some chapters after that, we are told that her
Future Slayer Girl
Excuse me while I run around my house and share awesome scenes of this book with my brother...

This book was incredible.

I nearly passed it up because it fell in the doomed category of New Adult, which if I'm being honest has become saturated with so much cliches and tropes that I have started to lose faith in it.

Well, then Freak of Nature came along!

This story was amazing.

To the point where I believe I read this in total for about 12 hours (I had to sleep don't judge me)

The story-line flowed
Julia Crane has created magic, again in her introduction to her new series, IFICS! While still a Young Adult novel, there is a disclaimer saying it is for mature teens, nothing graphic, but probably a good warning.

A vibrant seventeen-year-old girl has 'checked' the box saying she wants her body donated to science if anything happens to her, never thinking she would become a science project for a group trying to develop cyborgs. From page one, after Kaitlyn wakes up to find herself half-human, ha
 Mummy Cat Claire
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley.
It has taken me several years just to read this book but I finally got around to it. The cover is fantastic. But sometimes with a nice cover comes a bad book.

Apparently, others disliked this book. I can see why but I ended up liking it. I don't know, I guess I'm strange.

I do think the book needed some more polishing. I think Crane needed to add more information to her story. I was able to follow that Katelyn is a human turned robot. I pictured more
Kendall {Book Crazy}
This book was amazing! I wasn't really sure what to expect when I started reading it but I soon found out! Freak of Nature was my second Julia Crane book and Julia is quickly becoming an author who's books are making an amazing impression on me! This book was so original! I have never read anything like it before and this is what made me love it! The plot held my interest and I zoomed through it! The plot had quite a bit of action in it and I also loved the development of it! Kaitlyn was the mai ...more
Tiana Dalichov
4.5 Stars!

I've heard that cyborgs are this new kind of trend thing in YA literature, but I'd never really read anything about them. But when I saw this cover, I knew I had to get my hands on this book.

Kaitlyn is half woman, half robot, and what no one else knows? She's still got her human emotions. And Lucas, the man who has taken care of her since her creation, feels guilty for taking her humanity away. the love story here is so interesting. I loved having both sides of the story from Kaitlyn a
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
*ARC received via Netgalley*

A great cover and a good story who made me want to read some more.

This is the first book of Julia Crane and I am definitely curious about her other writings after reading Freak of Nature.

Kaitlyn is a science project. When she agreed to donate her body to science when she'll die, she never thought about these consequences. She's still alive, but different. She lives in a boring laboratory or in a cell if you prefer, cameras are watching her at all moments. She's e
Sep 09, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review)

I didn't like this one, it was boring.

The main character, Kaitlyn, was a really boring character.
She really was a robot. She talked like one, thought like one, and most of the time, acted like one.

The way Kaitlyn talked reminded me of my year ten science teacher. His voice always stayed on one boring level, and would even make "i won one million pounds" sound depressing.
Every time Kaitlyn said something, i felt really sleepy.

Heather Adkins
I'm so excited for this book!
Ai Haibara
After reading review
I received this book in return for an honest review via Netgalley.


I'm sorry book, but you did nothing to save your self from the one star doom other than give me more and more stupidity to rant about.

If you're looking for a sci-fi book about cyborgs, robotics and you know deep and meaningful stuff about the blurring line distinction between what is human and what is not then stay away from this book since it's 10% attempt to try and make this sci-fi and 90% about the insta-lu
Rabid Reader
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting story of a girl who leaves her body to medical science, is turned into a cyborg with no memory of her past and is trained to be the ultimate soldier. Hiding that she still has feelings and desperately trying to cling to, and understand what emotions she has left, we follow Kate as she tries to regain her humanity and freedom. The narrator of the audiobook did an good job of making us feel her loneliness, confusion, determination and sadness, while at the same time giving a ...more
Misty Baker
Feb 21, 2013 rated it liked it
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“The world is the same as it has always been but one split second decision could change everything; one choice to check one box will undeniably change your life.”


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Julia crane is the author of the Keegan’s Chronicles, IFICS. She has a bachelors degree in criminal justice. Julia has believed in magical creatures since the day her grandmother first told her an Irish tale. Growing up her mother greatly encouraged reading and using your imagination.

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IFICS (3 books)
  • Fractured Innocence (IFICS #2)
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