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UNLEASHED by Amy McCulloch


From the Jinxed series, volume 2

by Amy McCulloch

Pub Date: Jan. 5th, 2021
ISBN: 978-1-4926-8377-3
Publisher: Sourcebooks Young Readers

When a well-loved corporation has less-than-pleasant plans, it is up to Lacey Chu and her classmates to stop them.

One month after the events of Jinxed (2019), Lacey wakes up in the hospital with no recollection of how she got there. Everything that came after running after her beloved robot pet, Jinx, a black cat baku, is vague. As Lacey begins to piece together her memories and recall the secrets she uncovered, a race begins to rescue Moncha Corp’s absent CEO, Monica Chan, and stop her co-founder, Eric Smith. Through his Team Happiness project, Eric plans to use the technology developed by Moncha Corp—aided by its ubiquity—for his own evil, unscrupulous ends. While there are fewer flashy baku moments than in the previous installment, McCulloch takes readers deeper into her baku-filled world as Lacey and her friends infiltrate and investigate the Canadian tech giant. Class disparity and social structures are explored, as are personal freedom and the technological ethics of privacy and data mining. Characters big and small return, and their arcs are satisfyingly—if a bit neatly—tied up. Especially welcome is the joining of forces between Lacey’s Profectus Academy crew and her childhood friend Zora. The diverse team’s determination and resourcefulness mesh with and support Lacey’s resilience and drive.

A fast-paced duology closer full of STEM adventures.

(Science fiction. 9-13)