A pleasing new review by Donal Cumiskey in Inis - the Childrens Books Ireland magazine:
Hybrids is a thought-provoking novel that delivers a fast-paced plot, good dialogue and engaging characters.
As the story progresses it becomes evident that it is not just another 'live and let live' moral tale of inclusion and social harmomy, but a warning to readers of the danger of public panic and misuse of technology.
The Machiavellian actions of the corporations and government agencies and the differing responses from volunteer groups, freedom fighters, the media and the international community are all too real to people growing up in the modern political climate.
Thorpe injects a seriously Orwellian feel to the book, illustrating how it is the government's pandering to mass fear and not the victims of the disease of which we should be afraid.
Readers aged 13+ should enjoy an exciting read with substance from this great debut.