set in the future, in a future I’m not sure any of us would ever like to
see. Lenni’s world is filled with a new type of prejudice: genetic
prejudice. It has opened up a whole new world of discrimination and the
ability to do so. She is living in a world where genetic engineering is
possible but illegal. Lenni believes she has it good – residing in a
community where anyone proven to be genetically impure is thrown out and
everyone is checked up on regularly by Purity (genetic police). Thrown out
into the Beyond where genetic misfits live. These are the much
gossiped-about skidge - deformed and disfigured animals and people. She is
safe though, what could Purity ever want with her? She’s completely pure …
I thought that
Pure was a very good outlook on what our future could involve.
Lenni’s life is so different from a normal teenager nowadays, but then so
close to home at the same time. I think that Karen Krossing has conjured the
future up very well. It must be a difficult thing to do. Books about the
past or present can be researched fairly easily but a novel about the future
is entirely up to the author to imagine.
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