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Abandoned by her husband after the birth of their child, Jane Dixon’s world is defined by her autistic son and the research she does to find a cure for his condition. She knows her work on animal intelligence may hold the key. She also knows that the research will take decades to complete. None of it will ultimately benefit her son.

All that changes when a lab rat named
Published April 2015
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Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
“He didn't realize that love as powerful as your mother's for you leaves its own mark.”

----J.K. Rowling

Jerry Kaczmarowski, an American author, pens his new book, Sapient that traces the thrilling journey of a mother who works as a scientist and is trying to find a cure for her autistic son, while her research involves in the field of animal intelligence.


Abandoned by her husband after the birth of their child, Jane Dixon’s world is defined by her autistic son and the research she
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2015-reads
* I received this as a free eBook from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

Two things are important in Jane Dixon’s life, her autistic son Robbie and her research into animal intelligence. She hopes that the research will eventually lead to a cure for Robbie’s autism, but to date all she has been able to do is increase one rat’s ability to run a virtual maze. The rat, Einstein, surprises her daily with his increased intelligence but Jane understands that any progress she makes is still
Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)
The review was first posted on For The Love of Fictional Worlds

I received an eARC of the book in exchange for an honest review.

The blurb of the book was enough for me to actually be interested in reading this book. It had so many things I am interested in - Animal Research (albeit the ethical one!), Autism and Government being the jackass it usually is!

This book has multiple POV's (which you would know makes it all the better read for me :P) - but the interesting part was that the POV's
Cathy Ryan
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, techno-thriller
Scientist Jane Dixon lives for her son, Robbie, who is autistic and prone to seizures, and her research work into animal intelligence with a view to finding a cure for autism. Although sure her findings will be too late to benefit her son, her hopes are raised when the comprehensive variety of tests on one particular rat produces amazing results. Einstein, as the rat is aptly named, develops the ability to understand dialogue, think for himself and communicate using the text facility on a phone. ...more
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The description pretty much sums up what this book is about and because of it, I knew that this one was a must read that I had to pick up immediately. Was I glad that I did? Heck yes! This was money and time well spent for this kind of reading experience.

Sapient by Jerry Kaczmarowski had me hooked from page one and I could not put it down until I knew the outcome. Now that I think about it, 'hooked' isn't really a strong enough word to describe my experience. It consumed me and had a grip on me
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good! I could barely put it down. Love all the characters, and the whole book was very well written.
Erica Metcalf
Sapient is an action-packed medical thriller about a mother who takes a major risk, her son, and two lab animals.

There is just something so intriguing to me about medical thrillers! I had so much fun reading this book! Right from page one I was drawn in and couldn't wait to see what happened next. Of course, with this genre, it's very easy to give too much away, so I will keep this brief.

First of all, the writing was great! I thought that it was very well written, it flowed wonderfully, and the
Jun 06, 2015 rated it liked it
*This book was sent to me by the author/publicist in exchange for an honest review

Sapient is a well-written, deep-thinking, thrill of a read. It gets your brain running and your heart pumping, and puts the characters in interesting, scary, or stressful situations throughout the book, without rest. Whenever I thought things were going to settle down, something else happened, another twist came along, or something was revealed.
This book is told through multiple POVs. From Dr. Dixon (Jane), to
Whispering Stories
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was gifted a free copy of this book, by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

When I was first contacted and asked if I would review "Sapient", I’ll be honest, I had never heard of the book, nor the author, Jerry Kaczmarowski.

But wow, am I glad that I had the opportunity to read and review it.

"Sapient", is not only a compelling, page turner of a book, it is also very thought provoking and I often found it was still whizzing around my mind, well after I had put the book down. At one
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is Jerry Kaczmarowksi's second book and it is written for the Y/A age group. I truly enjoyed the book and found I was drawn in from page one. It is intense, full of suspense and action with lots of twists and turns that made me keep turning pages because I had to find out what was going to happen next.

Dr. Jane Dixon, a scientist, is working night and day to try to find a cure for autism. Her beloved son Robbie is autistic, suffers from seizures and is OCD which causes great anxiety in him.
Sandra Stiles
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

What would you do to help your child? In Sapient we find Jane Dixon, a scientist working hard to find a cure for autism. This is something her own son has. While experimenting on rats and other animals she has a breakthrough. Einstein a rat can suddenly read and write. We see Einstein and Bear a dog interact in ways that animals don’t usually interact. Some of these interactions are funny. She thinks there is
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Animal Farm IRL

This is a stand alone novel as far as I can tell.

Jane is a research scientist who will go to any length to help her autistic son truly connect with the world around him. That is why she develepoed the gene therapy virus ... And it works... Or at least it has worked once so far. Einstein the rat is as intelligent as a person... And now she is going to try her virus on a dog. If all goes well she hopes to eventually have the funding and the go ahead for human trials that would
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Perhaps measuring animal intelligence by comparing it to human intelligence isn't the best litmus test. - Ingrid Newkirk

What do you get when you combine the novel FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON by Daniel Keyes, the movie THE SECRET OF NIMH, and the novel WATCHERS by Dean Koontz? You get this fun, rip roaring story about animal and human intelligence.

Dr. Jane Dixon is a research scientist doing work on finding a cure for autism (her son Robbie is autistic) and also doing research on enhancing animal
Erin Cataldi
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
One of a kind and totally unique, this story hooked me from the get go. Autism researcher Jane Dixon, has been testing a virus on rats and is amazed to discover that one of them, aptly named Einstein, has started developing amazing intelligence, he can count to 1,000, understand words, and can type out his thoughts. She decides to test it out on a dog and is amazed when he develops intelligence too. When she finally discovers that it only works when the test subjects are approaching the end of ...more
May 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Full review posted on my blog, Nut Free Nerd:

First, thank you so much to the author for the review copy!!

I think this is a solid story. It isn't amazing, but it definitely is worth reading and has a unique idea to bring to the table. I mean, there's a rat named Einstein who can communicate via texting- how awesome is that?? It also raises some interesting and important ethical questions about animal intelligence and how we treat animals in modern
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
A dog, a rat and a boy walk into a bar. But before that, 12 year old Robbie's mother, a research scientist, has been experimenting on animals trying to find a cure for Robbie's autism. When it seems to be working on a rat she has named Einstein, she also injects her virus into a dog. What she does not realize is that the US military, the CDC and others are highly interested in a virus that imparts sapience to animals. Desperate to cure her son, she injects him with the virus and then he and the ...more
Jun 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: galleys
This book was given to me via Book Publicity Services
This has a very unique premise. It was really intriguing. A world where animals can be as superior as human? Now that's amazing. I haven't watched the movies Planet of the Apes, which I gather seems pretty similar with this book, so I don't know what to expect. It wasn't as bad as I thought. It was great, even. Although it has a gripping story line, some chapters tend to be boring for my liking so I had to put it down.

Full review here
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"'Tell them we're dead.'
The man nodded, now rushing to comply. He pulled a mobile phone out of a shirt pocket.
'No tricks. English only.' The man glanced at his torn ankle and knee and nodded in submission.
He pushed a speed-dial button, and Bear heard it ringing through the speaker. After a perfunctory greeting the man said, 'I got the dog.' The man listened for a moment. 'Yes, and the rat. We're good. I'm returning now.' The man hung up the phone and looked with a pleading expression at Einstein
Sandown Public
*** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ***
I was intrigued and fascinated by the general idea of this story from the first time I even read a blurb about it. Animal intelligence is not a common topic in fiction, (at least, not that I 19ve encountered), so I was really interested to see the author 19s take on it. This story brings up several important ethical questions concerning animals and the way we treat them in modern society. For example, would we treat them the
Melissa (The Reader & The Chef)
I wrote this review of Sapient a couple of months ago, a few days after I finished the book, and while all the thoughts written here still remain, I have to add what I think about this book now.

Sapient is not my typical kind of read. When I was speaking about it, a lot of friends even told me that they thought it weird that I was reading something other than YA. Well, technically, this book is a cross between YA/Regular Fiction, because it is told in several points of view and one of them is a
Jancee Tabacnic
Jun 24, 2015 rated it liked it
The Premise: Autism research is Dr. Jane Dixon's life. Her son Robbie is autistic and Jane desperately wants to find a cure so that he can live a normal life. Her line of work finds her testing animals, injecting them with a substance that she hopes will increase their intelligence. When a rat named Einstein and a dog named Bear react positively to the substance, she believes she's found the answer. But after a surprise takeover by the Department of Defense and a threat of shutdown by the Center ...more
Ruth B
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Sapient is a fantastic science-fiction story that shows us how far we could go to help those we love and how the consequences of our actions can have a worldwide effect.

Jane is a researcher whose ultimate goal is to find a cure (or something similar) to help her autistic child and the autistic community. Her job consists in experimenting with animals and this is how she helps Einstein and Bear to become more than a rat and a dog. It all starts to go down the road when the CDC and the US military
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

Jane Dixon is on the hunt for a cure for autism – a subject close to her heart because of her son, Robbie. Robbie is a high functioning autistic pre-teen, who nevertheless needs complete order and routine to survive. After Jane successfully transforms a rat, Einstein, into a brilliant typing rat she finds Robbie on the run and herself imprisoned.
Haniya (Voracious Bookling)
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
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A researcher, Jane Dixon is working her best on finding the cure of autism for her son. Everything changes when the lab rat, Einstein starts responding to the virus that Jane is working on. Will this virus work on her son? Or will it destroy him? But when some of the research animals starts dying due to the virus, Jane out of fear that CDC will shut down her research, steals the virus and plans to quietly leave to Canada. But at the last
Saba N  Taylor
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't give five stars out much to adult books because there is always something I don't like. But this book gets five because the ending made me say "whaaaaaat?" It actually took me a while to read as life got really busy for me but I'm so glad I kept close at hand.

A scientist is on the verge of find a vaccine that will help children with autism. Her test subject is a highly intelligent albeit snarky rat named Einstein. Just as her research is ready to move forward to the next phase of
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jane Dixon is determined to find a cure for Autism. This is a cause close to her heart. When she has a breakthrough she is ecstatic. But, when the government and CDC come in and begin looking into her experiments she begins to panic and does things that are illegal and unethical because of her fear. When it is discovered that her “cure” has mutated and is infectious and possibly dangerous things change dramatically. How can something meant for good change to something so dangerous so fast? It is ...more
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This 373 page novel had me bickering with myself on whether or not I liked it. It begins with testing animals. Straight away I had a bad feeling. Because it wasn't like the book was supporting or opposing such testing. It made me wonder was stuff like this still going on. So my first impression was shock and almost disgust. However despite my own moral conflicts with that subject I found the story was really engaging. I didn’t want to like it yet I couldn’t help but really enjoy it. Basically ...more
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review first appeared on my blog Christy's Cozy Corners.

How many of you have seen the movie I Am Legend? It's totally one of my favorite movies. I love the "what if?" aspect of it. What if there was a virus that would cure cancer? Or Alzheimer's disease? Or autism? Or....You get the picture. Sapient is a what if kind of book.

Jane's passion is finding a cure for autism since she has an autistic son. And she's got the skills and knowledge to do it. I know that if I had a child with something
Monica Fastenau
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
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action; it talked about research labs and viruses without getting too science-y. I had a few problems with it, but on the whole, I found it enjoyable.

I liked that one of the main characters, Robbie, was autistic, and that the book talked about his mother Jane’s difficulties in giving him a “normal” life, but he’s not really autistic for long. I would love to read a book that deals more head on with the issue of raising an
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