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Peek Inside Toxic

Hana isn’t supposed to exist. Fenn is supposed to die. Aboard the expiring bioship Cyclo, can they save each other?

Toxic

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Hana isn’t supposed to exist. She’s grown up hidden by her mother in a secret room of the bioship Cyclo until the day her mother is simply gone—along with the entire crew. Cyclo tells her she was abandoned, but she’s certain her mother wouldn't leave her there to die. And Hana isn’t ready to die yet. She’s never really had a chance to live.

Fenn is supposed to die. He and a crew of hired mercenaries are there to monitor Cyclo as she expires, and the payment for the suicide mission will mean Fenn's sister is able to live. But when he meets Hana, he’s not sure how to save them both.

As Cyclo grows sicker by the day, they unearth more secrets about the ship and the crew. But the more time they spend together, the more Hana and Fenn realize that falling for each other is what could ultimately kill them both.

Praise

Hauntingly beautiful, completely absorbing, this book will linger with you long after the final page. Toxic asks intricate questions about the identities we inherit and the identities we create, and the sacrifices we're prepared to make for both. Lydia Kang took my breath away.” – New York Times bestselling author, Amie Kaufman

“Lydia Kang is a magnificent writer…You should definitely read this book.” —Anadosen, Goodreads

“TOXIC is my favorite sci-fi of the year and I can't wait to see what's next for Kang in the YA realm. Loved this, will read it again, will pitch it to everyone I know.” —TheBookAvid, Goodreads

“If there's one YA book you're going to read this year, make it Toxic.” –The Literary Invertebrate

“I found this to be a fast-paced and intriguing YA sci-fi that I really enjoyed. I highly recommend for fans of sci-fi and thrillers!” –Olivia Farr, Goodreads   

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640634237
Release Date: Nov 6, 2018
Page Count: 400
Imprint: teen
Genre: sci-fi, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues, enemies to lovers, opposites attract, overcoming odds

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By Carrie October 17, 2018

Toxic by Lydia Kang is a young adult standalone romantic science fiction fantasy read that has maybe just a touch of horror to it too. When finished with this one it was one of those wow, I didn’t expect THAT moments, but in a good way of course.

Seventeen year old Hana awakens aboard the sentient... ...more

By Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔ September 03, 2018

A fast-paced action-packed, romantic, sci-fi adventure that grabs hold of you and does not let go.

Characters:
Hana
Fenn
Cyclo
Portia
Gammand
Miki

Fenn & Hanna
Their relationship moved pretty quick, but considering they're in a life or death situation I suppose that's to be expected. And honestly, de... ...more

By Bex (Beckie Bookworm) November 08, 2018

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I found Toxic to be a really unique experience: a mish-mash of multiple genres that when put together for me just flowed.
I would describe this if I had to clarify as a Romantic sci-fi YA with elements of horror.
Set in space on an organic ship it was the original premise put forward here that init... ...more

By Shannon (It Starts At Midnight) November 08, 2018

You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

I have read a few books about sentient spaceships, and my favorite thing about this is that it seemed like a fresh take on sentient ships. Our girl Hana wakes up to find that she's all al... ...more

By Vicky Who Reads October 28, 2018

4 stars

One of the most notable things about Toxic was how readable and gripping it was. I started it (unwisely) on a school night, hoping to read a few chapters before setting it down and going to bed, but I ended up binging the majority of this book very late at night when I definitely should ha... ...more

By The October 28, 2018

In TOXIC, an artificially created girl gets abandoned on a sentient spaceship and falls for the mercenary who has to make sure it gets destroyed if he wants to save his sister.

So, I'm in love.

TOXIC is exactly the kind of light sci-fi I love and cherish. A little bit of aliens, minimal complicate... ...more

By Robyn November 10, 2018

Hannah has been asleep for an entire week on the Cyclo’s matrix. When she wakes, Hannah realizes her mother is gone and she is all alone on a deserted ship. No one on the ship besides her mother and Cyclo even knew of Hannah’s existence. She was never allowed to leave her room on Cyclo and the on... ...more

By Namera [The Literary Invertebrate] September 04, 2018

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ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you!

I didn't think, when I first started this book, it was going to be a 4.5 star read. The cover makes it look like a light YA sci-fi romance; instead, it's a delightfully dark, horror-filled space thriller. Requesting this from NetGalley... ...more

By Olivia September 26, 2018

"Toxic" is a creative YA sci-fi that primarily takes place on the ship, Cyclo. Cyclo is actually a living organism which is designed to work like a machine. However, Cyclo is dying, and things are changing. Hana was born on Cyclo and has only known the ship. Her mother, Dr. Um, is the ship's gene... ...more

By Yvonne (It's All About Books) September 08, 2018


Finished reading: September 7th 2018


"Funny how, with everything available to us, we still want to learn how to do things the old ways."

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Entangled: Teen in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Lydia Kang

About the author

Lydia Kang

Lydia Kang is an author of young adult fiction, poetry, and narrative non-fiction. She graduated from Columbia University and New York University School of Medicine, completing her residency and chief residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She is a practicing physician who has gained a reputation for helping fellow writers achieve medical accuracy in fiction. Her poetry and non-fiction have been published in JAMA, The Annals of Internal Medicine, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Great Weather for Media. She believes in science and knocking on wood, and currently lives in Omaha with her husband and three children.

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