DEVOLUTION by Peter ClenottWhat does it truly mean to be ‘Human’?... Chiku Flynn wasn’t raised to be human. Born in the Congolese rainforest, she spends her first eleven years as part of an experiment. For her, the aboriginal—the primitive—is ‘normal.’ Just after her eleventh birthday, Chiku witnesses the horrifying death of her mother, and her father sends her ‘home’ to tDEVOLUTION by Peter ClenottWhat does it truly mean to be ‘Human’?... Chiku Flynn wasn’t raised to be human. Born in the Congolese rainforest, she spends her first eleven years as part of an experiment. For her, the aboriginal—the primitive—is ‘normal.’ Just after her eleventh birthday, Chiku witnesses the horrifying death of her mother, and her father sends her ‘home’ to the United States, to a normal teenager’s life. But she can’t adapt. She is the proverbial wild child—obstinate and defiant. When her father disappears, sixteen-year-old Chiku heads back to the primordial jungle, where she uncovers her own dark past and puts to use her greatest skill: she can communicate via sign language with the wild chimpanzees of Chimp Island. But there is turmoil in the rainforest—civil war, environmental upheaval…and murder. The lives of the chimps and the safety of the people she loves depend upon one teenaged girl who refuses to be messed with—Chiku Flynn.LEARN MORE AT http://www.imajinbooks.com/devolution...
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Action rules in Peter Clenott's Devolution, the story of a teenage girl raised by chimpanzees. The book is peopled by interesting characters and plays out against a well-described setting, but it depends on a rising crescendo of fist fights, gun battles, and ferocious attacks by wild animals (and humans) to propel the reader through the story.As entertaining as the mayhem might be (and it is entertaining), it actually serves to underscore the theme of the book, which is how thin the line really is between man and beast. The protagonist, Chiku Flynn, is the sixteen-year-old daughter of two deeply flawed scientists who essentially turned her upbringing over to the chimpanzees they are studying on an island in the Congo. The result is a heroine every bit as compelling as Lisbeth Salander from Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.There are a raft of other characters, too, but the most interesting are the chimps. Clenott gave them distinct personalities, the ability to communicate, and individual motivations for their actions. This could have been cringe-inducing and mawkish, but he pulled it off quite well and made the primates fully believable characters.The Congo itself plays a huge role in the novel. Having visited Central Africa myself and studied the DRC while writing my novel, Heart of Diamonds: A Novel of Scandal, Love and Death in the Congo, I read Clenott's work with a particularly critical eye. My conclusion: his portrayal of the nation's tragic history and its current convoluted conflict is spot on.Devolution is a fun, compelling read based on a fascinatingly creative premise.
If I had to sum it up quickly, it’s a little bit Planet of the Apes, with a dash of Laura Croft Tomb Raider, and a smidge of Tarzan. It’s fascinating and wild and there’s so much drama playing out you almost don’t know where to look at what time. Luckily, the author reins in your attention and refocuses the game. Chiku is an amazing, frustrating, smart mouth, free spirit if there ever was one with a troubled past unknown even to her (for now). She has friends in both furry and non form that would do anything for her just as she would do anything for them….something that comes in handy several dozen times as this story progresses. While she might not be the best role model in every area, she is fantastic nonetheless. Carey, her half sister, starts as a snob to the max but blossoms into…okay, well not exactly a new person but a much better one than we first met. Mark, Tim, and Darius are three VERY different fellows with one thing in common….Chiku. Yeppers, they are all vying for attention in one way or another (mostly in the “other”) but while all that is playing out, we also get to know these guys pretty well…for better and worse. I’d highly recommend it to older teens through adults due to some content, concepts, and mild drug use; no need to introduce those things too early into every day life…time takes care of that soon enough. Grab your copy today and meet the girl who wouldn’t be tamed…nor should she be.**review copy was received in exchange for my honest review....full post can be seen on my site**
I won this book in a giveaway. I really liked the blurb, and was looking forward to reading this book, but there is something fairly disturbing (intended, I'm sure) about the cover of this book, that almost had me skipping it for something a bit more frivolous. Recognizing how silly it was to judge a book by it's cover, I put on my big girl panties and honored it's place on my TBR. OMG! What a great book. The character development is superb, and the reader is immediately drawn in to the book. The story line is outrageously excellent There is Teen rebellion (very well done, as I usually scoff at overdone teen angst); African history, depleted natural resources, and civil war (in the Congo); a love triangle (some may argue a quad); mystery and suspense (a missing parental unit, missing research, mysterious antagonists), and chimps. The plot is fresh, mixing the love a girl has for a tribe of chimpanzees, against the seriousness of a war torn country, where the greedy pillaging of natural resources is weighed heavily against the preservation of the cultures, peoples, and wildlife of the Congo. While the book is set in a political situation and could have turned into a boring and long-winded oration by the author, the writer has kept the book moving with an excellent contrast of a strong, young, idealistic individual caught up in the violence and greed. I highly recommend this book, and look forward to stalking this author as I await more novels.
Devolution is a most fascinating read, exciting and informative an only author Peter Clenott can convey. Chiku Flynn is a sixteen year old rebellious teen who harbors deep trauma and grief, some buried so deeply that all she can do is right wrongs or execute crazy, dangerous stunts, including dashing into danger. She was born in the Congo and virtually raised by the chimpanzees her parents were studying. She learns that her father is missing, perhaps dead. She goes to Africa and with the help of the three guys who have crushes on her as well as her beloved chimp family, who communicate with her in sign language, she uncovers numerous plots to destroy Chimp Island, the refugee camp, and even her own life.This book, written for young adults, will keep its readers entranced. Peter Clenott expresses plot, character, and setting with convincing and thrilling results. Besides the great read there is information galore for readers to glean for their essays and to launch them into further research. This book is not to be missed, and would be proud to be on individual, classroom, and library shelves.
This was an interesting book for anyone that has thought about about evolution. I found this really interesting because if we come from monkeys/chimps then we could live together. This was different then other books that I have read because the human is raised in the wild, and then brought to live with humans in the states. I enjoyed reading about the Congo and the Rainforest. Add in a defiant teenager that needs to save everyone, and I thought this was a really good book. There was also some romance thrown in. I really liked the cover. The ending was good, and I can not wait to see what challenges Chiku has in the future. I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy to review from OrangeBerry Book Tours, however all opinions are my own. - See more at: http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/2...
Devolution is a fast paced intriguing story about a young girl who doubts her personal worth to the point of self destruction. It immerses you into a teenagers dysfunctional social life in a modern typical environment, then takes all that you think you know about her and turns it on its ear when it dumps her into a battle torn nightmare in the African Congo.This self absorbed teenager is suddenly transformed into a self less fighter for those that can't fight for themselves.This book was an exciting, quick witted tale that I enjoyed immensely.Peter Clenott once again delivers a fantastic story with an amazing set of characters.I recommend this to anyone who is in need for a great read. I loved it so much I bought it for my friends and family for Christmas.
Absolutely excellent! I couldn't help thinking here were shades of Tarzan manifested in the story, but that is meant as a compliment. The author Peter Clenott has written a highly entertaining story with a great plot that leaves the reader plenty to think about. One of my favourite reads in a long time.
Devolution was advertised as a YA novel but I think it has much wider appeal. There is a lot of action and some quite graphic , but I also think there is a really strong message in this book about greed and meddling with he natural order of things.
Gripping YA to Adult Thriller Readers—Compelling Throughout!