In 2010, I started writing CONTROL.
In 2011, in the span of one month, I signed with an agent, Eric Myers, and sold CONTROL to Penguin.
And now, at the very far end of 2013, my dream of becoming published novelist has finally come true.
For those of you who have already bought the book, I can't tell you how deeply honored I am to have my work in your hands. It is truly a miracle that anyone would buy something I created from the depths of my imagination.
Just...incredible. It's a really weird thing to be on this side of the journey. A good thing, and a scary thing. I've a lot of emotions bubbling inside my head today, but the biggest one? Feeling so utterly grateful. There are so many people I'm thankful for, who supported me from day one. My family, and closest friends and colleagues, but...
I also want to thank you, my fellow bloggers, for being such amazing cheerleaders. You've been there since the first day I started blogging and learning how to writing fiction. If this book entertains readers for even for a minute, than I've done a good thing. And you were part of making that good thing happen.
I also want to take a moment to thank the CCHS community (Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome, called Ondine's Curse in CONTROL) and the many individuals within it who have supported this book. The main character, Zelia, possesses this syndrome. If readers can become more aware of the brave patients and family members that live with CCHS every day, well then, that's another good thing done. Click here to learn more about CCHS, or the tab up on my blog!
Aaaaaand...here it is is. CONTROL, my book baby. Fly. Be free!
After the violent death of her father, 17 year-old Zelia loses her younger sister, Dylia, during an abduction at a foster care agency. It turns out her sister Dylia isn’t just pretty and sweet—she’s illegal. In the year 2150, DNA must be pure by law, and anyone with enhanced genes face death. Zelia’s only allies are the freak-show inhabitants of her new, underground foster home. Along with the unexpected love of a very strange boy, she will need her flaws and their illicit traits to save the only family she has left.
“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, NYT Bestselling Author of the Maze Runner Trilogy
“A sweet, edgy romance rounds out this smart, futuristic medical thriller.”— Publishers Weekly
“Control, with its mix of legitimate science and inventive fantasy, is unforgettable for all the right reasons.”—VOYA
“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 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
“CONTROL is a masterful debut, filled with everything I love in a novel: mystery, danger, and romance. Kang has crafted a world readers can easily fall into and won’t want to leave, complete with flawed yet lovable characters. I couldn’t put it down!” — Elana Johnson, author of Possession
“Steamy, romantic . . . scrupulous attention to scientific detail adds authenticity.” —Kirkus