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Awakening (hc)

By Karen Sandler


Once a Chadi sector GEN girl terrified of her first Assignment, Kayla is now a member of the Kinship, a secret organization of GENs, lowborns, and trueborns. Kayla travels on Kinship business, collecting information to further the cause of GEN freedom.

Despite Kayla’s relative freedom, she is still a slave to the trueborn ruling class. She rarely sees trueborn Devak, and any relationship between them is still strictly forbidden.

Kayla longs to be truly free, but other priorities have gotten in the way. A paradoxically deadly new virus has swept through GEN sectors—a disease only GENs catch. And GEN warrens and warehouses are being bombed, with only a scrawled clue: F.H.E. Freedom, Humanity, Equality.

With the virus and the bombings decimating the GEN community, freedom and love are put on the back burner as Kayla and her friends find a way to stop the killing . . . before it’s too late.

BookTalk with author Karen Sandler

Discussion Questions

Teacher's Guide

Tankborn Glossary

Interview with Karen Sandler

What does the Tankborn world look like? Sketches of Planet Loka.

Read "Sacrifice", Karen Sandler's original short story set in the Tankborn world, online here.

This Book is from Tu Books

Interest Level
Grades 7 - 12
Reading Level
Grades 6 - 12
Asian/Asian American Interest, Biracial Interest, African/African American Interest, Breaking Gender Barriers, Conflict resolution, Discrimination, Friendship, Heroism, Overcoming Obstacles, Responsibility, Self Esteem/Identity, Slavery, YA interest, Poverty, Scifi, Fantasy, Dystopia
About the Creators

Karen Sandler is the author of seventeen novels for adults, as well as several short stories and screenplays. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a software engineer, including work on the Space Shuttle program and communications satellites. Sandler first got the idea for the dystopian Tankborn series in the mid-1980s when she wrote it as a screenplay, and over the years while she was writing other books, the idea grew to include the planet Loka and Kayla’s life. Sandler lives in northern California with her husband, Gary, and their three cats, and can often be found riding her Andalusian/Morgan mare, Belle. For more information, visit karensandler.net.

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