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3.60  ·  Rating details ·  363 ratings  ·  47 reviews
In the future, bioengineered animals provide organs for human transplantation. Grafts of animal skin have replaced tattoos in popularity, which gives rise to a unique new demographic: xenofreaks. Bryn Vega's father is head of the Pure Human Society and when she's kidnapped by the Bestia Butcher, the most notorious of the criminal xenosurgeons, she assumes it's payback for ...more
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Published August 6th 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published May 25th 2011)
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Nov 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bryn has been kidnapped by the XBestia, a group of "xenofreaks": people who have had animal parts or skin grafted onto themselves, mostly for decorative purposes, but sometimes the grafts are useful as well. The xenos are largely societal outcasts and stereotypically criminal. There are many groups who are against the practice of xenoalteration, and Bryn's father is the leader of the biggest. However, no one's motivations are quite what they seem, and many secrets are revealed throughout this fa ...more
Catherine Stine
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Xenofreak Nation, it's 2022, and the world is divided into factions of pure humans and xeno-altered people whose bodies have been enhanced by genetically modified animals. In some cases, these alterations save lives, such as implantation of a pig's heart. But it's a known secret that xenosurgeons make more money from xenofreaks, those who use it as a fashion accessory similar to a tattoo or facelift. For instance, an arrow-shaped zebra pelt, grafted onto a woman's face. I LOVE this fresh conc ...more
Bill Kirton
Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that’s both a page-turning read and an intelligent depiction of serious subjects and issues of real importance which keep us thinking long after we’ve closed it. It’s set in the relatively near future, with new subcultures and ethical factions creatively imagined and realised and yet reflecting contemporary preoccupations with the medical ethics of practices such as cloning, tissue cultures and harvesting organs for transplants. As one of its characters says ‘We’re in ...more
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to do something very rare for me. I'm giving this book 5 stars. I want you to know, if you aren't familiar with my reviews, that I rarely do this.

Even more surprising, this is an Indie (self-published) book. Ace, Tor, or other SFR publishers missed out big time. If Ms. Conway tried for an agent and couldn't get their attention, then I'm sticking out my tongue at them and saying nyah nyah nyah.

Okay, that's out of my system.

I found this book browsing the You Gotta Read blogs. Not sure if
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I read the premise of Xenofreak Nation and thought, "huh, that's interesting." What I didn't expect was to be drawn, almost instantaneously, into a well-developed world that is believably what we could be in the near future. The characters are dense, multifaceted, all individuals who make you feel as though they could each have their own books written about them. And the centerpiece of this cast is a keystone. Sheltered, but neither stupid nor spineless, Bryn is the backbone of the story. Her gr
Kathryn Merkel
Oct 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine if tattoos & piercings were so ordinary that people who wanted extreme body modification started getting animal grafts. This is the world that Melissa Conway creates for her book Xenofreak Nation. Scientists in a quest for rejection free organs for transplant in people, have figured out how to bioengineer animals so their tissue is compatible with humans. Xenofreaks are what the non-modified people call those who have undergone Xeno surgery.

Brynn Vega is a good girl & since her dad is th
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This was a very good book! First of all, the premise and the plot is really fresh. The world isn't ending, things haven't changed too drastically - it's not some crazy end of the world book. Rather, it is a fresh take on some of the ideas of morality that we already struggle with today. This book explores further what will happen as society progresses scientifically, based on the morals we have today.

It is really refreshing to read such an intelligent book, but not feel like you are being p
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Xenofreak Nation grabs your attention right off in the first chapter and keeps it. You are never sure who you trust or what will happen next.

Bryn is watching her father speech as he rails against all Xenofreaks and on her way back to her car she is kidnapped by 4 Xenofreaks and taken to a place where the lot of them live.

Bryn I liked and wanted her life to be better. So many things happen to her in this book. She has a wide range of emotions but does not let her stop or give up no matter
May 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
100% read this book for a challenge (letter X).

However I found the story really interesting. In the future, physical modifications to people’s bodies using animal parts is hip. Just like in today’s world, looking different starts a battle between the xenos (people with alterations) and pure humans (those who disagree with the surgeries). Bryn finds herself a pawn between the two.

For a short book, there’s a lot going on. Most of it made sense and was super interesting. Other parts felt forced int
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like fast-paced, high-action sci-fi thrillers
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Science Fiction
Reading Level: Young Adult
Recommended for: People who like to think about incendiary topics, people who like a fast-paced YA sci-fi thriller
Trigger Warnings: kidnapping, forced mutilation
Animal Abuse: Killing animals to use their skin and such as grafts

My Thoughts: This book really engaged me right from the start. It raises some interesting questions about genetically altered animals and their uses. I'm really bothered by the idea of animals being killed only to
The premise of this story is interesting, but not ultimately believable.

Instead of tattoos, people are now getting skin grafts from other animals—animals which are especially bred to not require transplant rejection drugs. I could believe that (though the idea that animal grafts could ever not cause rejection when they still haven't solved the human-to-human rejection problems, is harder to swallow), but the idea that people ("xenos", or "xenofreaks", depending on your point of view) with these
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book Title: Xenofreak Nation

Author: Melissa Conway

Published By: Self Published

Genre: Scifi

Recommended Age: 13+

Reviewed By: Emily Tuley / AngelsCryHavoc

Blog Reviewed For: Great Minds Think Aloud Literary Community

Rating: 5 Ravens

As always I got the joy by receiving this book from Melissa Conway, already she had snagged me with her series of The Gossamer Sphere and with several other additions of her work. This may sound like it has made me a little bias to her but, I refuse to not give credit wh
D.M. Dutcher
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly good book that reminded me of Forests of the Night (Moreau, #1) by S.Andrew Swann. Bryn is a daughter of a prominent Pure Human Rights advocate. Her father makes his living as a pundit against what are called Xenofreaks: people who get grafts and cosmetic or functional alterations from living animals. Some just have patches of skin from them, some have claws or even greater alterations. The genius behind them is a mad scientist named Doctor Fournier.

Unfortunately a group of Xenos un
Rachel Cotterill
Xenofreak Nation is an imaginative and fast-paced sci-fi novel which grabbed me from the first few pages, and kept me coming back until I finished it (barely a day later).

In the near future, xenografts (transplants of animal skin) have overtaken tattoos as a fashion-and-lifestyle statement. The writing is full of vivid description, and I had no trouble picturing the strange grafts. We first meet our heroine Bryn as she watches with mixed feelings as her father gives an impassioned, if well-rehea
Bill Thibadeau
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book from LibraryThing in exchange for a review. It is difficult to fully know what to expect from the snippets on LibraryThing so I was a little apprehensive given the odd title. I was almost immediately hooked into the story and think the title is appropriate.

The other reviews illustrate the basic storyline and characters so I ask you to read them. I want to mention why I enjoyed the book as much as I did. Ms. Conway is known for her YA and romance novels. Two genres that I do not
Oct 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most imaginative and unique books I have ever read. It is as strange as if it takes place on another planet yet disturbingly familiar, because it takes place right here, in one possible future.

It's not that hard for me to imagine something like this society in our future, because I've observed so much change in the way people see themselves and others, and the ever-increasing transformative ways people choose to decorate and display themselves to the world.

I don't want to off
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Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sarah
The concept of this book was enough to grab my attention from the very beginning and excellent pacing and an intriguing story meant it kept my attention throughout the entire book. With few exceptions, I thought the characters were well-wrought, the story interesting, the motivations believable. Thanks to the foreign-but-similar political situation she created in her near-future sci-fi, Melissa is able to explore many different political and moral issues without preaching or being boring.

See the
Gina George
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was much better than I expected from the name. Believable characters, good plot, no triangle (thank goodness), and an interesting worldview. I look forward to the sequel.
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this wild ride. The lead characters are intriguing and the plot is so stimulating. I don't think I've ever read a book quite like this one. The storyline is crazy...crazy good! ...more
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really cool concept! Loved it!
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book, with a very interesting idea behind, I cannot wait the 2nd one to come out!
Melissa Shaw
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good series. The characters are well thought out and the plot is decent. It's a unique plot. The only critique I have, is that the female character could have been stronger. I enjoyed reading it and recommend it to others. ...more
Jan 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting book. It's not super fast paced, but given the overall story I think that doesn't work against it. The characters are interesting, especially Bryn. Watching her trying to come to grips with how her life has changed by what was forced on her during the kidnapping is actually very touching. There's no real romance here, though there are hints of her having a crush on someone which is fairly realistic for a teenage.

I suppose that's my main impression. Realism. The author se
3.5stars really
This futuristic dystopian political thriller is reminiscent of the HG Wells classic The Island of Dr. Moreau or the updated Moreau series in that it delves in the possibility of combining humans and animals. In this world, tattoos are outdated and the craze du jour is to have animal pieces woven into your skin - those who choose to do this are called Xenofreaks. The most ardent opposition to the Xenofreak movement is Harry Vega, father of our protagonist, Bryn. The detailed synops
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
4.5 Stars!

What a surprise to find that I really liked this, I don't read science fiction. I found this on listopia to fill in reading challenge categories and was hesitant to read it. The author did a great job of making this so imaginative and relatable, Real.

In our near future world, society is divided by the Pure Human Society and the Xenofreaks. Bio-engineered animals have been created for organ transplantation but have flooded the black market for xenoalterations. These range from simple sk
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was the most clever and entertaining book I've read all year (and I read a lot). Where to start?
I'm in the medical field and I cannot believe how well thought out this novel was. To be honest, I just picked it up to enjoy YA novel. And while it totally fulfilled my desire to be entertained (and a bit romanced!), it also provided plenty of food for thought on the clash of consumer wants vs. consumer NEEDS in medicine. I read a lot of YA books that I would be embarrassed to mention to a
Pavarti Tyler
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, scifi
A really interesting and original premise that could totally be the next wave of body art, I found Xenofreak Nation a really interesting intersection of counterculture politics and sci-fi intrigue. The novel had just the right amount of romance without it becoming whiny and annoying, the right amount of plot twists without it becoming convoluted and no clear line between who the good guys and the bad guys were. It did get a little long winded at times but also had some beautiful turns of phrase. ...more
Monica Millard
I happened across this book in an email from Amazon of all things. I looked it up on Nook and the premise sounded cool and it was only .99 cents so I thought I'd give it a shot. I'm glad I did. It wasn't the same old same old that you see in YA. I like unique and that is one thing I do love about Indie, is that you don't get cookie cutter stories. This one did not disappoint me there. It was a quick, interesting read with pretty good editing. I've just picked up the second and third books. :D

This story follows the life of Bryn, who gets kidnapped and forced to get an animal graft. As she uncovers more and more behind the XBestia gang, she discovers that her kidnapping was not all it seemed to be. Her past is riddled with secrets. As she strives to discover the true reason and strive out on her own, her life is in danger by multiple parties.

The story is well written, but the end plot leaves you feeling like it could have been wrapped up in a shorter book, and almost seemed as more o
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book as part the Goodreads First Reads program.

The book was good. It wasn't great but the author showed a lot of promise. I'll admit that when I got the book the cover and description made me expect a very amateurish novel, but that isn't what I got. Yes it was a little rough around the edges but the story had an interesting premise and there was a lot of action the story moved quickly enough. All in all if you have a chance to pick up this book it is definitely worth it, we wil
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