Release Date: April 23rd 2013
Series: Project Paper Doll #1
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
1. Never trust anyone.
2. Remember they are always searching.
3. Don’t get involved.
4. Keep your head down.
5. Don’t fall in love.
Five simple rules. Ariane Tucker has followed them since the night she escaped from the genetics lab where she was created, the result of combining human and extraterrestrial DNA. Ariane’s survival—and that of her adoptive father—depends on her ability to blend in among the full-blooded humans in a small Wisconsin town, to hide in plain sight at her high school from those who seek to recover their lost (and expensive) “project.”
But when a cruel prank at school goes awry, it puts her in the path of Zane Bradshaw, the police chief’s son and someone who sees too much. Someone who really sees her. After years of trying to be invisible, Ariane finds the attention frightening—and utterly intoxicating. Suddenly, nothing is simple anymore, especially not the rules…
As an alien/human hybrid, Ariane has to take extra care and precaution to fit into society. She has lived a majority of her life following five simple rules, but when an event shoves her into the middle of some high school drama, she finds herself slowly breaking each and every one of them.
THE RULES promises an interesting story of science fiction and extraterrestrials but what we get is more along the lines of a contemporary romance with a girl who just happens to be hiding from a laboratory because she’s a bit different. The first three hundred some pages is a romance.
Now, the fact that I withstood three hundred pages of romance in a promised sci-fi should be a testament in and of itself. It’s somewhat ironic but what made this book so good was the romance. Ariane and Zane complemented each other perfectly and I loved their dynamic, as well as the gradual build up of their relationship.
However, those three hundred do get tedious after awhile, usually after you figure out there isn’t going to be as much action as you originally might have thought. That is where my disappointment lay. Otherwise, this was pretty enjoyable. Get rid of the alien plotline and I think this could be a fantastic contemporary.
I will be reading the sequel, as the ending left off with so many possibilities!