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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Bodhi Rising by Andrew Sweet is a dystopian sci-fi thriller set two hundred years in the future. Fifteen-year-old Bodhi Rawls suffers from a rare blood disorder that leaves him with a year to live. Meanwhile, fourteen-year-old Christine Hamilton is in a coma, reliving the day of her parents' deaths in her nightmares every day. Bodhi's mother and Christine's grandfather enroll them as candidates for an experimental treatment where their consciousness gets transferred to the bodies of clones, much to the chagrin of the resistance movement, Siblings of the Natural Order. Being the only two of their kind, Bodhi and Christine soon find themselves drawn to each other. But Bodhi's gnawing guilt and Christine's ruthless ambition place them on different sides of an insidious war.
Filled with suspense and intrigue, author Andrew Sweet's loose sequel to his previous book in the same world, Models and Citizens, is as imaginative as its predecessor and provides a satisfying resolution to a couple of its main characters who play minor roles in this installment. With a fast-moving plot filled with unexpected twists and turns, Bodhi Rising keeps your eyes glued to the pages as every chapter increases the tension and intrigue. The characters undergo many changes throughout the book, which makes their arcs thoroughly captivating to read. Bodhi and Christine's relationship forms the bedrock of the narrative. I found the climax somewhat bittersweet yet immensely satisfying. If you enjoy sci-fi stories that explore advanced futuristic concepts, Bodhi Rising is the book for you.