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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  670 ratings  ·  134 reviews
In this gripping sci-fi thriller, genetically altered teens fight for survival in a near-future society that is redefining what it means to be human.
Sixteen-year-old Jimi knows people change, but nothing could prepare her for what’s about to happen to her best friend, Del. Del is obsessed with becoming a chimera (ki-mir-a): a person who pays back-alley geneticists, known a
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published September 29th 2017 by Holiday House (first published September 15th 2017)
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Jon Hi Michael. So sorry for not replying sooner. Just saw this. It is young adult, but readers of my adult books say they have enjoyed it thoroughly.
Jon Thanks for the question! I intentionally don't specify it anywhere, but in my mind I picture it roughly 20 - 50 years from now. …moreThanks for the question! I intentionally don't specify it anywhere, but in my mind I picture it roughly 20 - 50 years from now. (less)

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Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is as much a parable against hate crimes as a story, not that he is wrong. Deciding that a person or group of people do not quite rate as fully human, is an important first step in rationalizing crimes against them.

Some of my quibbles:

These teens strike me as preternaturally mature. It made them easier to relate to by me. I'm not a teen.

That guy is not a chimera, so how are his eyes fluorescing without at little jellyfish or firefly DNA. Maybe it is a new figure of speech like 'sparkling ey
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Chimera (ki-mir-a) n. A person who pays back-alley geneticists to illegally splice animal genes into their own. 16-year-old Jimi is not prepared for the changes her best friend, Del wants to make in his life. As she feels him slipping away she tries to hold on tight. When Del runs off she knows that he's going to do something he'll regret in the future... become a chimera! With a scary law being drafted into State legislation, Del could official
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 A fun, quick, dystopian read. Maybe a little heavy-handed with the commentary on today’s society for adult readers. But a good read for teens with lots of adventure and plot-twists. The book brings up many ethical questions (re: genetics, environment, race, discrimination) so it could be interesting for a book discussion.
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Another camp read. I think I should have been more social.

This book was confusing. Also, this review will probably be pretty short because I don't know what to say. There were a lot of plot holes that weren't filled in and a lot of characters that weren't that well-developed. I had really high hopes for this book but they weren't fulfilled. 
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have read all of Jon's books and have found them all very thought provoking. I have always enjoyed his characters, subject matter, and writing style.

Spliced is a YA book and I wanted to see what it was all about. The idea of being injected with animal dna and taking on some attributes fascinated. I found it a very fast read and it was a definite page turner. I would recommend this book for adults in addition to YA.

Treat yourself, treat yourself to a Jon McGoran, start with Spliced.
Jun 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads
Shelves: scify-thriller
“Spliced” is an intriguing and imaginative sci-fi thriller set in futuristic Philadelphia where backstreet geneticists (genies) splice animal genes into humans for a price. Although the wealthy indulge in small splices hidden under hair and clothing, those that have altered their appearance (chimeras) are shunned, finding refuge in ruined homes in the zurbs. Confronted constantly by the hatred and injustice of Humans for Humanity (H4H) the story heats up when the governor of the state signs the ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Spliced by Jon McGoran, 360 pgs. Holiday House, 2017. $18.99 Language – R (113 swears, 0 “f”), Mature Content – PG; Violence – PG;


Jimi does what is expected of her and tries to prevent her best friend, Del, from doing anything too crazy. Del is Jimi’s only friend, and they support each other when family drama overwhelms them. But then their lives are interrupted by politics of the times and questions about the legality of performing genetic changes by giving people animal DNA. A
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was actually pretty bad. I only gave it 3 stars beacuse it was a unique story (at least to me). There was one part where Del became named Tamil and that kind of surprised me because Tamil is also the language I speak....
However I really disliked that part. Just imagine someone being named Russian or Cantonese... that's just weird..... I don't want the name of my language to be used disposibly as a name.... Not to get all political here but I just agree with it. Also I don't know whethe
Nancy Kotkin
This future dystopian world is ravished by climate change (Sound familiar?) and flu pandemics (Sound familiar?), forcing everyone to crowd back into the cities where electricity is still available and even more important due to the depletion of fossil fuels and the adoption of electric-powered cars. Though the narrative does get a bit preachy at times, the story is set up to support that with two opposing political and ideological factions (Sound familiar?). One of those factions believes that p ...more
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen, fantasy-scifi
I love scifi and I love animal stories, this was a pretty awesome combination of the two. The entire time while reading this book I kept thinking "If I could, would I get spliced? What animal would it be?", I totally would, but I'm not sure what animal. This book kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat. I kept thinking of the book The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell while reading this, I was reminded how creepy and eerie it was. ...more
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Spliced is one of those books that feels so close to home, with the setting in Philadelphia it is. It also addresses humanity in such a different way. It is such an interesting read that can truly not be put down! I wish this book received more recognition. I read it months ago but I have not gone a day without thinking about "Spliced." Months later, and I am still recommending it to all of my friends! ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
(4.5 stars)

Set in a near-future society (in this case in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) where mixing human DNAs with animals genes is used to be a norm, fashionable statement but is now considered as an unrecognised act and a violation against humanhood. This genetic transformation through injections of the animal's genes to the human's body is called Spliced and those who are spliced are called Chimeras. They often bear some characteristics of the animal of its genes they are affected, if not by i
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
The nitty-gritty: A super fun read with a cool concept, well drawn characters, and some social commentary for those who like depth with their action.

This might be the quickest I have ever read a book! I got through Spliced in just over a twenty-four hour time period, mostly because I stayed home sick from work and had lots of time to read, but also because this was such a fun and fast-paced story. I did, however, have some issues with the book, which I’ll go into later, but I can’t deny it was a
Shelby Parker
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book definitely does not feel like a YA book -- I took a Science Fiction course last semester and I would not bat an eye if this book was on our reading list. It is pretty difficult to find a book that draws you in from the very beginning, but I knew from page 1 that I was about to spend every waking minute reading this book. Plus, the other two books in this trilogy are already on my to-buy list.

The characters were incredible and complex. They acted like real humans and more specifically,
Rachael Hall
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I can easily say that I loved this book. Going in, I knew that I was intrigued by the science fiction aspect of adding and combining human and animal DNA. However, I wasn’t prepared for how quickly this book was going to grab my attention. Jimi is a rather likable female protagonist, who is focused on school, family, friends, and her future. As the novel progresses, the audience gets to see her do what not many other female protagonists I’ve encountered do - she takes matters into her own hands. ...more
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: grl-no, mb-ok
What defines a human?
What gives a person people rights?

In a future dystopic America, chimeras are a thing. A human can get animal DNA spliced into theirs, and begin to have animalistic traits. While these seem to be purely cosmetic, it still enrages some, who feel that not having pure human DNA makes you inhuman, and thus not worthy of human rights.

Jimi is a regular girl whose next door neighbour and best friend Del suffers an abusive father. Del seems to have snapped; his grades are at an all-t
Jadon C.
Sixteen-year-old Jimi knows people change, but nothing could prepare her for what s about to happen to her best friend, Del. Del is obsessed with becoming a chimera : a person who pays back-alley geneticists, known as "genies," to illegally splice animal genes into their own. The resulting physical changes have scared lawmakers into drafting legislation declaring chimeras officially nonpersons so when Del goes missing, Jimi is desperate to find him before he alters himself forever.
As she tries t
Carolyn Elaine
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Jimi Corcoran is worried for her best friend, Del. Lately, he and his father have been fighting. A lot. Violently. Then, one day, Del disappears, making Jimi afraid he's going to get spliced.

To get spliced means that doctors and others combine a person's DNA with an animal of the person's choosing. To be spliced is to be part human and part animal.

Determined to find Del, Jimi enters into the world of shady police officers, hybrid teens, and complete wackos. Is Del worth risking everything? (vi
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you're looking for a young adult read with a very different premise but addressing some currently controversial issues, this is the book for you. In the future full of environment devastation, teens are opting to splice their DNA with animals. Certain factions of organizations feel this makes them less than human trying to pass hateful discriminatory laws, and barely can contain their hate in public. Jimi, the main heroine of our story, is an ordinary girl trying to get by with her best frien ...more
Helen Moses
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
What happens when people are spliced with animal DNA and become Chimera in a nation that says only people with all human DNA are humans? Jimi must find her neighbor when he undergoes a failed splice...

This might pair well with Nancy Farmer's House of the Scorpion as a way to infuse literature with science, especially biology.
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Fell in love with the story, characters, and didn’t want it to end.
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
YA-4.5 because it was so clever and unique but had to take a deduction for the ending. Because when it just ends-and there are still mysteries----that is not okay with me. The idea of gene splicing, and the idea of when are people not people anymore-very interesting. It could also certainly be applied to minorities fighting for rights,etc. Well written, fast paced, but really did not wrap things up well.
William Jr.
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun YA Read. Very entertaining. Full review to follow.
Jan 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: audibles
This was very hard to get into. Could not keep my attention at all.
Ryleigh B
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked the book and think it really conveys how hard life is for some people. I suggest you read it if you love animals and/or love fantasy books.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loads of fun

This is a great, fun and fast read. The idea is super original. Would you add animal DNA to your own if you could? The thought of it is interesting although scary. I guess this is considered a YA book but it certainly didn’t read like one. The characters are all very well developed with some unexpected surprises along the way. I’m pretty sure there will be a sequel...well at least I hope so!
So strange and completely outside of my preferred genre but surprisingly I really enjoyed this. Maybe a bit syfy but I wouldn't go that far. Just very very different. What an imagination this author has! ...more
Spliced is a contemporary story with a science fiction twist - a world in which human gene editing has become possible and human-animal chimaeras exist. Strictly speaking, gene editing is a bit of a grey area in science at the moment, even as a means of therapy. The only successful studies have been carried out in animals at the moment, and human trials are far off (both scientifically and legally speaking) so this book is more futuristic than contemporary. However, the issues that are brought u ...more
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jimi lives in Philadelphia, sometime in the future when the "zurbs" no longer have power and and much of North America has flooded. Her next-door neighbor and best friend, Del, makes her miss the bus to school one day so they walk to school. On the way they witness a police officer becoming overly violent while he is apprehending some chimeras. (Chimeras are humans who have voluntarily spliced their genes with animal genes. ) Jimi and her friend get involved in the melee which leads them on a pa ...more
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Jon McGoran is the author of ten novels, including Spliced, Splintered and Spiked, a trilogy of near-future YA science fiction thrillers from Holiday House Books.Spliced was named to the ALA’s Library Information Technology Association (LITA) inaugural 2018 LITA Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists and was also named one of the American Bookseller’s Association’s ...more

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