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Genesis Girl

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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  509 ratings  ·  206 reviews
Eighteen-year-old Blanca has lived a sheltered life. Her entire childhood has been spent at Tabula Rasa School where she’s been protected from the Internet.

Blanca has never been online and doesn’t even know how to text. Her lack of a virtual footprint makes her extremely valuable, and upon graduation, Blanca and those like her are sold to the highest bidders.

Blanca is pur
Published September 27th 2016 by Month9Books (first published June 14th 2016)
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Ben Alderson
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Really enjoyable and unique story. I have been thinking about it for the past day and how to best describe it but it really is super unique. This idea of a set of people in society with not virtual footprint is SO INTERESTING! I loved the take on this dystopian/ futuristic world. I really enjoyed the romance that grew through out the novel, also the MYSTERY AND THRILLING EVENTS IN THIS BOOK ARE SO GOOD!

I recommend this book HIGHLY!
Jul 31, 2016 rated it liked it
So, yeah.. this happened.

It started perfectly perfect. I was so amazed by the beginning and the synopsis, but somehow, along the way, this book lost its magic.

I liked so much Blanca at the beginning. She looked like a strong girl, ready to face everything. This lasted for about 1/3rd of the book. Then she sounded totally like another person. She was influenced so easily by everyone and kept changing her opinions, thoughts and decisions very often. It made her look so immature. She ended up looki
Laurie Flynn
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Some days, I feel kind of horrified by the influence technology holds over my life. I’m joined at the hip with my phone. My fingers are glued to my tablet. My iPod is on full blast. So I was immediately intrigued by the premise for GENESIS GIRL, which is set in a future where the aftermath of a brain cancer epidemic brought on by cell phones scared parents though to entrust their children to a leader who would keep them safe and technology-free. These children would grow up to be Vestals, and wo ...more
Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
***** 4.5 Stars *****

Many years from today, people all over the world will be connected to the internet with a chip in their thumbs. No more cell phones. Cell phones are not only obsolete, but no one uses them because of the cancer epidemic. Yes... cell phones caused a cancer epidemic...

Anyways, some genius thought it would be a good idea to start a school where children would be protected from technology. When they grow up, they would have no digital footprint. Their blank history made them va
Tracey (Life and Literature)
"...the internet is addicting. It tears users apart from the people they love."

What an interesting concept! Can you imagine having never had access to the internet? How would you go not being able to have the use of a mobile phone? I can remember when the technology that we have, and take for granted today, was first introduced to me. I was blown away by the internet and what became available to me at the touch of a button. The same goes for mobile phones. I never for a minute thought that I w
Erin Dunn
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it

I received a free ebook copy from Month9Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Month9Books and Jennifer Bardsley!

When I first started reading Genesis Girl I wasn't sure about it. The beginning was a little odd and confusing to me. Once I got adjusted to the world then it got so much better and the rest of the book just flew by.

At the start of the book I was not sure where the story was going to go, but I was pleasantly surprised at where it d
Internet access is now a part of everyone’s life and it’s hard to determine what would happen if we were forced to give up our precious technology. For this reason, the concept of Genesis Girl fascinated me. I loved the way the author explores both the good and bad of technology and presents two extremes – the Vestals (who have no online presence) and the Viruses (whose lives revolve around technology). I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of the series and finding out if there’s a mid ...more
Doug Bradshaw
This is a very short book, probably more of a long short story. I was entertained. The writing is sharp and easy to read. I was in the mood for a quick YA story and that's just what I got.

The world portrayed makes me think of the kids being raised by strict polygamist families in Southern Utah, Canada and maybe still in Mexico. Keep the women and kids away from the horrors and pollution of real life, Television and the internet so that they can serve the men in various ways.

Three stars means I
M.  [storme reads a lot]
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*I received a free advanced reader's copy in exchange for an honest review from month 9 books*

Technology is addictive. I have a hard time drawing myself away from my phone or my iPad. Genesis Girl contains a world where technology has caused ruin; cell phones caused a sweep of brain cancer which killed a great number of people and made others wary of any form of technology. It is a rather stark, but realistic picture of the future we could someday face. This movement is called the Vestals. They
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I picked this up at a YA author event hosted by the library. I sure miss those! This was a quick, fun book.

About 40-50 years in the future, Blanca is a Vestal, part of an elite group raised in isolation. With no digital footprint, members of the group are generally purchased by corporations for advertising purposes. They are valuable because they have no embarrassing tweets or drunk pictures that might harm the company’s image. Blanca is purchased by a person—pretty unusual but not unheard of.

Melanie McFarlane
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
I was immediately pulled into Blanca's world, where technology overruns the lives of most (known as Viruses), except a select few raised apart from society (known as Vestals). But of course, corporations find a way to profit from Vestals, auctioning them off to the highest bidding corporation to be used as pure advertisements in a world filled with imperfections.

The majority of the novel takes place in the McNeal manor, and this is carried out perfect. Never once did it seem limiting.

The charact
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Sometimes a synopsis hooks you in, but doesn't deliver.
That is not the case this book.
This story is completely unique and unexpected, taking a reality that is easy to comprehend and twisting to pure fantasy.

Have you ever gone a period of time with no technology? No phones. No internet. No social media. If yes, did you have an inch to log on? This book explores our obsession to the point of addiction with technology, taking it one step further. Those addicted to the internet are called V
Taylor Knight
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it
I recieved a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This book was such an odd read. The concept is really cool and interesting but I had such a hard time relating to the main character.
I really loved Blanca's character development. I thought was nearly spot on and I'm curious to see what development she has in the next book. However, she was so... dramatic. She came across as brain washed and plain and boring. I felt bad for hating her because she was brain washed
Liza Wiemer
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So unique! Haven't read anything like this—students (Vestals) growing up in a place protected by the Internet.
It's nearly midnight, so FRTC, but I am deeply impressed with the futuristic world Jenny Bardsley created! Love Blanca, Seth, Cal, and Lydia. Love Fatima and Beau.
Yes, technology definitely has its evils, but there's a lot of good. This novel will open your eyes and see it through different lenses.

If you're looking for something different: sci-fi, futuristic, thriller romance, definit
Bridget Hodder
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Blanca knows that the way of the Vestals is the best way. The clean way. The correct way. She's untouched by the crazed culture of implanted internet addiction that rages in the world around her walled sanctum. She's grateful to be a Vestal--one of the select few people, both male and female, who are raised to have no digital footprint. The beauty and purity of the Vestals, and their mystique, means that though they shun the media, the media will always keep trying to penetrate their secrets.

Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Mar 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

DNF @ 33%

Okay where do I start with this one. First of all, I was really confused. It felt like the beginning was told out of order almost. There was a "fast paced introduction" that was followed by some random introductions and an info-dump. But even the info-dump didn't tell me anything that cleared up my confusion.

I was also really uncomfortable with how this whole process was explained and being treated. I feel
Karen Fortunati
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
MC Blanca is a cyber virgin known as a Vestal in the future world setting of Genesis Girl. Groomed in isolation with other Vestals from birth, she is taught to be obedient, unthinking and compliant. In this future world, society is tech-consumed with hardware now implanted into fingertips. Vestals, because of their cyber-purity, are the new celebrities and purchased at exorbitant prices by corporations to advertise. Well, that's the goal. In Blanca's case, a paparazzi-tech manages to get a photo ...more
S.M. Parker
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Genesis Girl grabbed my attention from the first time I'd heard about its unique premise: The main character holds the highest value in a technology-obsessed society because of her lack of an online footprint. I'm happy to say that the book did not disappoint. Bianca is a Vestal, a person who is raised to bear no digital footprint and keeps a clear distance from the media—until she is unexpectedly forced into the media spotlight. Without giving too much away, this book was full of suspense and k ...more
Amber Ballard
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series
Genesis Girl (Blank Slate) by Jennifer Bardsley This story had me on the edge of my seat the whole time! I feel in love with the character so easy and quickly, usually it's just a couple of characters I love and want to know more about but I have to say I was drawed into every character! From the main character to her headmaster!!! I can't wait to read the next book, I'm hooked!!! ...more
Laura Shovan
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't review books, but I do blog about them.

Read my post about GENESIS GIRL here:
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I made a mistake with this book. I started it as I was in bed ready to sleep thinking I'd just read a chapter. Well, a chapter turned into two hours and being halfway done with Genesis Girl. I finished it the next morning and was amazed.

Genesis Girl follows our main girl Blanca and her journey with the "tech" world. It is set in a future where technology and the internet have affected the human race negatively-- causing brain cancer because of cell phones. So it's been upped and people WORSHIP t
Anne Huart (Books & Tea)
2.5 stars
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Well, the storyline was promising, but I must say I was not convinced by the execution.

The idea of a future world composed of people addicted to social medias is really not so far from reality. And a part of the population decimated by brain cancer due to excessive radiation is a frightening but plausible hypothesis.

The main character, Blanca, is part of what is considered an elite in this over-connected world : Vestals. Kids r
Ruth Lehrer
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lucky me! I received an ARC of this 2016 YA novel. What a creative, imaginative debut! At the beginning of the book, Blanca is about to be auctioned off for her ability to be a virtual blank slate--no web presence, no digital life, no implanted finger chips, nothing. She also has the disability of having been brought up in a cult-like environment which has kept her personality and her ability to think for herself a blank slate too.

With shades of Margaret Atwood's Handmaid's Tale, and a bit of B
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
This story takes our modern-day obsession and monetization of social media and flips it on its head. In Blanca's world, the most valuable commodity is privacy and the lack of an internet footprint. As a Vestal, she's remained "pure" and sold to the highest bidder. She's also been brainwashed into accepting such a fate. When she starts falling for a technophile paparazzi (AKA a Virus), things get complicated. To live a life where she's free to choose who to love and what to believe, she must find ...more
Elisa Dane
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read. The story grabbed my attention from the first page and never let me go. I read the book in one sitting, which is something I haven't done in quite a while. I could not put it down. Really loved Blanca's strength and courage. I love a bad boy, so of course I fell for Seth right away. I mean, c'mon. Tech savvy, swoony, and tatted? Totally my type. Highly recommend! ...more
J. Ford
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book!! So freaking good. Full review to come soon.
Britta Böhler
Ah, so disappointed. The premise of the book sounded really intriguing, but the story was flimsy, clichés everywhere, and the writing was not too good either. Bummer!
Leigh Collazo

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REVIEW: This book officially wins my "biggest surprise" award. When I received Genesis Girl for review from SLJ, I really wasn't looking forward to reading it. I put off reading it in favor of other titles I was more interested in. When I finally started it, at about 30% into the story, I was seriously struggling to keep going. I just did not buy the premise--why would a corporation find someone without a digital footprint valuable? What co
Patty (IheartYA311)
Jun 16, 2019 rated it liked it
An easy YA read with a unique plot and lots of twists. I wonder what will happen next!
Sci-Fi & Scary
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: request-booktour
The synopsis for Genesis Girl doesn’t really do it justice. Genesis Girl is a thought provoking look at our obsession with technology. Also, obviously, on our obsession with sharing every thing that happens in our lives. It does make a good point on how people can take stances to the extreme on things. Tabula Rasa is a school from practically from the Dark Ages. It keeps its students completely sheltered from the internet. In the process, it also ensures that they aren’t allowed to experience di ...more
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Jennifer Bardsley believes in friendship, true love, and the everlasting power of books. A graduate of Stanford University, she lives in Edmonds, Washington with her husband and two children. Jennifer’s “I Brake for Moms” column has appeared in The Everett Herald every week since 2012. She also writes Young Adult Paranormal Romance under the pen name Louise Cypress. When she’s not writing books, o ...more

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