Simon Pulse / 2016
A teenage sociopath is “fixed” after he gets an implant that’s supposed to cure him in this thrilling coming of age tale from the author of Willful Machines.
One year ago, Franklin Kettle committed a crime that no one will ever forget.
Now he is the first subject in a new program that is supposed to rehabilitate him. To make him normal. To make him suitable for society.
Rem, who saw Franklin’s horrific act first hand, isn’t so sure that this rehabilitation will work, even if his own mother developed the treatment. It sounds too easy. Too good to be true. Is evil really something that can just be turned off?
But then…it seems to have worked. Suddenly, Franklin is…different. He’s sympathetic. He’s nice. And suddenly, Rem finds himself getting to know Franklin and building a connection.
When more news begins to circulate about Rem’s mother’s new tech, criticizing its legitimacy, another of Rem’s friends is murdered at the school. Now he has to wonder if Franklin really has changed, or if it’s all just an act. And, even more, he wonders what exactly his mom is doing at her lab. If she can turn on Franklin’s sympathy with a switch…who’s to say she just can’t turn it off? And if it is turned off, does that make Franklin a monster? Or just an experiment gone wrong?