Blog Review: Spiked by, Jon McGoran

I am incredibly excited to be a part of the official blog tour for Spiked by, Jon McGoran. Over the next week, look for reviews of ALL THREE books in this trilogy and an exclusive interview with the author. In the meantime, here’s a look at Spiked.

Publisher: Holiday House
Release Date: May 5, 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Dystopian


A plan for peace turns into a fight for survival in the third book of the acclaimed sci-fi thriller series. 

Committed to both peace and human rights for chimeras–people who alter themselves with animal DNA–seventeen-year-old Jimi Corcoran is torn when she’s invited to a gathering of moderate pro- and anti-chimera rights activists seeking to find common ground. But when a militant chimera rights group prevents her from attending–and saves her from being killed by the bomb they’ve planted–Jimi herself falls under suspicion for the blast.

Seeking to clear her name, Jimi and her chimera boyfriend, Rex, investigate the mysterious group. . . . only to discover that her involvement is no accident. As they dig deeper, they’re drawn into a whirlwind of secret identities, shocking experiments, and an apocalyptic plot that threatens the future of humanity.

In this thrilling conclusion to Jon McGoran’s timely and heavy-hitting Spliced series, extremists on both sides square off in an escalating battle between competing visions of the future of humanity, and of the Earth. Set in a near-future society where science is both celebrated and vilified, the Spliced series tackles weighty questions about genetic manipulation, artificial intelligence, population control–and when, if ever, revolution is worth a life.

Books 1 and 2 in the series: Spliced and Splintered

Jon McGoran is the author of Spliced, a near-future YA science fiction thriller that Kirkus calls, “Timely, thrilling, and more than a little scary.” Splintered, the sequel to Spliced, is now available in bookstores everywhere. Look for Spiked, the final book in the trilogy, coming May 2020.  

McGoran’s other books include the acclaimed ecological thrillers DriftDeadout, and Dust Up, as well as The Dead Ring, based on the hit TV show, The Blacklist. Writing as D. H. Dublin, he is also the author of the forensic thrillers Body TraceBlood Poison and Freezer Burn

When not writing novels and short fiction or cohosting The Liars Club Oddcast, McGoran works as a freelance writer, developmental editor, and writing coach. Freelance samples and ore information are available here. He also works with Anne Dubuisson to offer a more comprehensive range of publishing and editing services. For more information, email

I received my copy of Spiked from The Fantastic Flying Book Club, the publisher and the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

When I saw that there was an opportunity to review Spiked, the third book in the Spliced trilogy, I jumped at the chance. I read the first two books in the series, Spliced and Splintered, and really enjoyed both. (In fact, I used the release of Spiked to re-read the first two books so I would be fully prepared for this review. It was great fun to read all three in order. I highly recommend it!) YA Science Fiction and Fantasy books are always some of my favorites and Spliced and Splintered were no exception. I had very high expectations for Spiked, and thankfully, Jon McGoran did not let me down!

As with Splintered, McGoran does a great job of giving background to what has already happened in the story without feeling like you are re-reading anything. The book could be read as a stand-alone, but why do that when there are two amazing books before it! You really will appreciate how the story comes to an end and especially the character arcs that take place. Everything wraps up so well, without feeling corny or contrived.

What I really find intriguing about this series, and especially this installment, is the world-view that is portrayed. The plot takes place in the not-so-distant future, so there are differences in how the world looks and functions. But what stays the same is how humans (and not-so-humans) deal with and see each other. Without giving too much away, there are a few characters who really learn and grow during this series and it is touching to see that happen. There’s a lesson in there for all of us!

Do yourself a favor and go get copies of all three books in the Spliced series. You won’t be sorry!

I give this book 5 Sips!

Trigger warning: Reading this book now, in a time when we are dealing with a flu pandemic was interesting. For me, it was especially intriguing as I live in the area where the book is set, so I could really imagine everything taking place in my corner of the world. If you are at all sensitive about the current pandemic and reading stories that talk about the spread of viruses, this book is not for you right now. Wait until we have all gotten through this time in history and then pick the book up.

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