Integration by J.S. Frankel
Publisher: Finch Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (288 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by: Astilbe
Facing off against an old enemy isn’t without repercussions. Paul and the Nightmare Crew take on not only their most dangerous adversary but also the establishment.
Paul Wiseman and the rest of the Nightmare Crew attempt to fit into society as best they can. It isn’t easy if you’re a werewolf, a vampire or if you’re a being made of water or sand.
Along with failed efforts at integration comes the news that Andres Peterson, founder of Rallan, Inc.—the company that created the original Nightmare Crew—is still at large.
Peterson is now a mutant, irretrievably evil, and he is also quite clever. With his genius, he sets about making a virtually limitless army of scientific horrors, and they begin to unleash terror on the populace.
It’s up to Paul and the rest of the crew to stop him. Along the way, they are joined by a young girl, who has powers of her own, and a group of Army Rangers.
Catching Peterson is harder than any of them could ever have imagined, though, and the Nightmare Crew ends up being the prey instead of the predator. It becomes a matter of who is willing to fight hardest. But winning isn’t the only goal Paul has in mind.
Paul’s biggest battles are yet to come.
One of the things I’ve enjoyed the most about this series was meeting all of the new characters that exist because of the scientific experiments that were done to create them. Mr. Frankel’s descriptions of them were as fascinating and detailed as ever in this tale. He has a vivid imagination that works really well for this kind of storytelling because of how the characters looks and what kinds of unusual animal genes were combined with their own.
There were a few pacing issues in the beginning. While I completely understood the need to recap what happened during Paul’s previous adventures, it did take me a little bit to get into this story because of how much time it took to jump into what was currently going on in this character’s life. Once the pacing picked up, though, I couldn’t wait to find out how his latest adventure would end.
The plot twists were nicely done. One of them caught me by total surprise, so it was exciting to see how the main character reacted to something that I never would have thought he’d be facing. The creativity he showed in that scene in particular is one of the reasons why I enjoy this author’s work so much.
This is the third book in this series, but it can be read on its own or out of order.
Integration was a thrilling piece of science fiction. I’d recommend it to anyone who has ever wondered what combining the DNA of different species might lead to.