Lacey Chu has big dreams of becoming a companioneer for MONCHA, the largest tech firm in North America and the company behind the “baku” – a customisable smart pet that functions as a phone but makes the perfect companion too. When Lacey finds out she hasn’t been accepted into Profectus – the elite academy for cutting edge tech – it seems her dreams are over. Worst of all, rather than getting to choose one of the advanced bakus, she’s stuck with a rubbish insect one.
Then, one night, Lacey comes across the remains of an advanced baku. Once it might’ve been in the shape of a cat but it’s now mangled and broken, no sign of electronic life behind its eyes. Days of work later and the baku opens its eyes. Lacey calls him Jinx – and Jinx opens up a world for her that she never even knew existed, including entry to the hallowed halls of Profecus. Slowly but surely, Jinx becomes more than just a baku to Lacey – he becomes her perfect companion. But what is Jinx, really? His abilities far surpass anything written into his code or built into his motherboard. He seems to be more than just a robotic pet. He seems… real.
I need a Baku! Jinx was sassy and wonderful, and definitely my favourite character.
I did really like Lacey and how good she was at companioneering, she was awesome. I less liked her suddenly being a dizzy muppet over a boy, but other than that her character was fab and really worked for me.
I got proper protective over the bakus in battle, my babies!!
I definitely need to know more about Lacey’s dad and also about Monica too. There’s so much intrigue there and not enough information!! I loved the bright shiny ness of Moncha with its secretive overtones haha. Love a conspiracy theory.
Both my favourite bit and my least favourite bit is the ending. The last 100 pages or so are the BEST – no romancey bits, loads of action and reveals, excellent! But how could it finish there?! Omg. I’m not even joking, I docked half a star for stopping just as I was dying for more! I do think I’d have liked a little more before finishing, and it would still make a good end point to lead to a sequel.
Overall a very strong and fun book, with awesome Pokemon like vibes. 🙂
Buy Jinxed from Amazon UK.