Lizard Radio

Lizard Radio

Book - 2015
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"Fifteen-year-old bender Kivali has had a rough time in a gender-rigid culture. Abandoned as a baby and raised by Sheila, an ardent nonconformist, Kivali has always been surrounded by uncertainty. Where did she come from? Is it true what Sheila says, that she was deposited on Earth by the mysterious saurians? What are you? people ask, and Kivali isn't sure. Boy/girl? Human/lizard? Both/neither? Now she's in CropCamp, with all of its schedules and regs, and the first real friends she's ever had. Strange occurrences and complicated relationships raise questions Kivali has never before had to consider. But she has a gift--the power to enter a trancelike state to harness the "knowings" inside her. She has Lizard Radio. Will it be enough to save her?" -- provided by publisher.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780763676353
0763676357
Branch Call Number: TEEN F SCH
Characteristics: 280 pages ; 22 cm

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Tara_P
Nov 13, 2018

I'd like to believe that lizards will save the world. This is an exciting story of a dystopian world in which joining the community is everything and individuality is only to be recognized to be used to contribute to the greater good. Kavali is fifteen and has been placed in CropCamp where she will learn to grow crops and be taught to take her place in society. Although she likes the work, she is unsure that giving up her special link to lizards is really what she wants. She forms friendships with other campers who are questioning the values of society as well. The novel is left open ended enough to give me hope that there will be a sequel and also more lizards!

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ipacpc
Jun 16, 2018

Kind of disappointed there weren't actual lizard people, and we never learned what vaping actually was, or if blight was as bad as they made it out to be, so the book left me wanting a lot more answers to my questions in a fairly unsatisfying way. A lot of terms thrown at you to with no explanation, and the context makes it hard to actually figure out what stuff means. As a kid who legit thought they weren't human because they were different and wished I was picked up by my fellow aliens, having actual aliens get Kivali would've been a lot more satisfying than them not being real.

Pretty good rep of non-binary and trans folk though and how confusing and hard it can be to be yourself in a strict binary world, but for people who haven't experienced anything really related to being gender non-conforming or trans, it might be a bit hard to understand Kivali's perspective or the somewhat made up terms used around that topic.

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Maria_Wa
Aug 21, 2017

This was an interesting book to read although I would have liked to know a little more about the backround and what was happening more outside of this Crop Camp. However, it was interesting to read about a girl trying to find herself and discover her identity while dealing with who she liked, her preferances. For me, at least, it was a little hard to find out what "bender" and words like that meant, as I had never heard them before. I did enjoy the twist at the end and all in all I think this was a good book.

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Starpoem
Dec 04, 2016

* Physically, this is a beautiful book. The cover art is metallic and highly reflective. The endpapers are a deep emerald green. The titles and typeface have an Art Deco vibe. The designers went that extra mile to make this book special.

* This is a great book for nature lovers. It takes place at a summer camp, and the main character enjoys the wooded setting.

* I like the themes of friendship and self-acceptance.

* This book explores the ideas of duality and ambiguity.

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mkastar
Nov 08, 2015

Lizard Radio has good roots, but is difficult to relate to and ultimately, just feels disjointed to the reader. Lizard Radio did not draw me in, and didn't provide much foundation for the drastic events that take place early in the book. The reader is immediately presented with a typical futuristic dystopian setting--a semi-authoritarian government that sends all teens from the age of 15-17 to a variety of government-run career camps. The troublemakers and nonconformists aged 18 or above are sent to Blight, which is a walled, work-camp like experience. Kivali, the main character, is somewhat confused about her identity, being a 'midrange bender-no T'. In the mess of details this book throws straight at you, it also discusses GBLTQ emotions and ideas. The 'midrange bender with no T' essentially means that Kivali is lesbian, but she did not complete a gender-transition and 'post-decision gender training'. She has conflicted emotions throughout the portion of the book I managed to finish, and develops a shaky relationship with another girl, who resides in the pie 'slice' next to hers. The 'pies' (circular tents divided into triangular 'slices' for each person) are another example of the disjointed details this book presents all at once. Yet another puzzle piece that doesn't quite fit is the 'lizard' topic. Kivali is tuned into 'lizard radio'--a kind of meditation that helps her focus and see the truth in life. The lizard idea comes from her belief that aliens (Saurians)left her on earth, and will one day return for her. She believes that she is a child of these Saurians. This idea doesn't really fit into the story at all, (at least the part I read, which is more than half the book.) Later in the plot, things like the oddness of the drug-like kickshaws and Sheila (Kivali's adopted mother) disappearing seem to indicate that there is something larger happening with the government in the plot, but I didn't get far enough into the book to find out. I did not enjoy reading this book, and did not finish it. Some of the ideas--if rearranged and separated--would make for a good story, but jumbled together, they make more of a mess than a novel.

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Nov 17, 2017

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