Additional Formats
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780803739048
  • 400 Pages
  • Dial Books
  • 12 and up


For fans of Uglies comes a spiraling, intense sci fi thriller.

“Control blew me away. The twists and turns and suspense made for a thrilling ride. Zel is as authentic a character as I’ve read in a very long time. Highly recommended” – James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner

Set in 2150 — in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms — this is about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes.

When their overprotective father is killed in a terrible accident, Zel and her younger sister, Dylia, are lost in grief. But it’s not until strangers appear, using bizarre sensory weapons, that the life they had is truly eviscerated. Zel ends up in a safe house for teens that aren’t like any she’s ever seen — teens who, by law, shouldn’t even exist. One of them — an angry tattooed boy haunted by tragedy — can help Zel reunite with her sister.

But only if she is willing to lose him.


American Library Association’s YALSA Quick Pick – selection


“Control, with its mix of legitimate science and inventive fantasy, is unforgettable for all the right reasons.” — VOYA

“Imaginative cultural details (an ecstasy-like drug carried by sound) and impressive specificity regarding genetics. The use of mutants alone is fairly unique, making this a smart go-to for fans of Megan Shepherd’s The Madman’s Daughter.” — Booklist

“Control successfully integrates science, adventure, and romance into one unforgettable read. [It] will keep you wanting more until the jaw-dropping ending.” — RT Book Reviews, Top Pick

“Steamy, romantic. . .scrupulous attention to scientific detail adds authenticity.” — Kirkus Reviews

“A sweet, edgy romance rounds out this smart, futuristic medical thriller.” — Publishers Weekly

“Surprising twists, tender romance, and a fierce, smart protagonist make for a winning formula in Kang’s debut. CONTROL is tautly woven and breathlessly delivered–a thrilling read!” — Jessica Khoury, author of ORIGIN

“Control blew me away, from the depth and richness of this fascinating, disturbing vision of the future — and all its technologies — to the twists and turns and suspense that made for a thrilling ride. Zel is as authentic a character as I’ve read in a very long time. Highly recommended.” — James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of THE MAZE RUNNER

“Kang has skillfully blended a coming-of-age, dystopia YA fiction, and some heavy duty genetics. . . Kang is a physician in real life and her science is impressive.” — Library Media Connection
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