Toxic by Lydia Kang


Cyclo, the first and largest biological ship of its kind, is dying. A small crew of mercenaries have handed over the rights to their life to document the death of the ship, but the abandoned ship is anything but abandoned―one girl has been left behind.Hana has known nothing but the isolation of a single room and the secret that has kept her there for seventeen years. When she meets Fennec, the boy assigned to watch her, she realizes that there ...

Details Toxic

Release DateNov 6th, 2018
PublisherEntangled: Teen
GenreScience Fiction, Young Adult, Romance

Reviews Toxic

  • Carrie
    Toxic by Lydia Kang is a young adult standalone romantic science fiction fantasy read that has maybe just a touch of horror to it too. When finished with this one it was one of those wow, I didn’t expect THAT moments, but in a good way of course.Seventeen year old Hana awakens aboard the sentient ship, Cyclo, wondering what happened to her mother. You see Hana has been hidden from the rest of the crew aboard Cyclo her whole life and after a wee...
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    A fast-paced action-packed, romantic, sci-fi adventure that grabs hold of you and does not let go. Characters:HanaFennCycloPortiaGammandMikiFenn & HannaTheir relationship moved pretty quick, but considering they're in a life or death situation I suppose that's to be expected. And honestly, despite that, I genuinely adored them. I received an ARC copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Huge thank you to Entangled Teen Publishing! *Rev...
  • Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
    I found Toxic to be a really unique experience: a mish-mash of multiple genres that when put together for me just flowed.I would describe this if I had to clarify as a Romantic sci-fi YA with elements of horror.Set in space on an organic ship it was the original premise put forward here that initially intrigued and drew me in.A young girl that shouldn't exist: hidden for years in plain sight aboard a living ship: then later abandoned by her caret...
  • D.M.
    Toxic reminds me of a cross between The 100 and Passengers. It's a survival story which belongs in the horror genre. It's also a romance read. It's fast-paced and written well. I'm not really a fan of horror and that's probably why I didn't like this more. For the right reader, you will love this, I'm just not that girl. Hana is a secret. Her mother and the ship have kept her a secret for seventeen years. She lives in her mother's shop quarters a...
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight I have read a few books about sentient spaceships, and my favorite thing about this is that it seemed like a fresh take on sentient ships. Our girl Hana wakes up to find that she's all alone. Her mom, and everyone else on the ship she lived on, are gone. Only, Hana has never been out of her family's quarters before, because oopsie, she's...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    4 starsOne of the most notable things about Toxic was how readable and gripping it was. I started it (unwisely) on a school night, hoping to read a few chapters before setting it down and going to bed, but I ended up binging the majority of this book very late at night when I definitely should have been sleeping.I was just hooked, for a lack of a better word. Not only was I absorbed in the entire concept (sentient, live spaceships), but the book ...
  • The Bookavid
    In TOXIC, an artificially created girl gets abandoned on a sentient spaceship and falls for the mercenary who has to make sure it gets destroyed if he wants to save his sister.So, I'm in love. TOXIC is exactly the kind of light sci-fi I love and cherish. A little bit of aliens, minimal complicated space stuff, a lot of creativity, and a cute little love story that will have you longing for more. I was particularly impressed with all the worldbuil...
  • Robyn
    Hannah has been asleep for an entire week on the Cyclo’s matrix. When she wakes, Hannah realizes her mother is gone and she is all alone on a deserted ship. No one on the ship besides her mother and Cyclo even knew of Hannah’s existence. She was never allowed to leave her room on Cyclo and the only human contact Hannah has had for the past seventeen years has been with her mother. Hannah’s mom was the ship’s reproductive engineer and if t...
  • Tammie
    Cyclo, the first and largest biological ship of its kind, is dying. A small crew of mercenaries have handed over the rights to their life to document the death of the ship, but the abandoned ship is anything but abandoned―one girl has been left behind. This is kind of a sci-fi, horror, romance mashup. There were some things about it that I really liked, like the whole organic living spaceship thing, and the mysterious girl that was left behind ...
  • Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
    ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you! I didn't think, when I first started this book, it was going to be a 4.5 star read. The cover makes it look like a light YA sci-fi romance; instead, it's a delightfully dark, horror-filled space thriller. Requesting this from NetGalley is probably the best impulse decision I've made all year. PLOT In this futuristic world, humans have succeeded in growing living spaceships. Obedient and ...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum it comes to science fiction, there are few things more irresistible to me than a story about killer robots or rogue AI. This is the premise behind Toxic, a young adult space adventure set aboard Cyclo, a massive state-of-the-art live ship that’s the first of its kind. But of course, being an actual biological construct, Cyclo isn’t your typical sentient ship. Lik...
  • Blodeuedd Finland
    Ranconi and Vikas Adam! What could go wrong? Yes I only chose this book cos f them.Poor Hana, she spent 17 years in one room. Hidden from everyone. Because if they found out she would have been killed. Only those meant to be born are born, and she was not meant to. But she has her life in her room, she learns things, she speaks with the ship. She hopes to one day come out and see the world.I get that her mother wanted to keep her safe, but it was...
  • Acqua
    DNF @ 30%This book was ok.As I have very little time for reading lately, I don't want to spend it on a book I know I won't feel strongly about.I think my main problem with this book, if one can really call it that, is that I'm not the target audience. I feel like I've outgrown this kind of YA.With "this kind of YA" I mean the kind that has characters on the younger end who feel even younger because of their naïveté, the kind that could more or ...
  • Olivia Farr
    "Toxic" is a creative YA sci-fi that primarily takes place on the ship, Cyclo. Cyclo is actually a living organism which is designed to work like a machine. However, Cyclo is dying, and things are changing. Hana was born on Cyclo and has only known the ship. Her mother, Dr. Um, is the ship's geneticist, creating the embryos which will replace crew members as they die of old age, designed to fill a specific role. Dr. Um created Hana in secret and ...
  • Yvonne (It's All About Books)
    Finished reading: September 7th 2018 "Funny how, with everything available to us, we still want to learn how to do things the old ways." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Entangled: Teen in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[Toxic easily has one of the most gorgeous covers I've seen so far this year. This was the perfect definition of cover love: I knew I HAD to read this one even befo...
  • Myrth
    How many time can I say I love Science Fiction? LOL. This book was light fast paced read about a girl who was only starting to live in a dying world. Unlike a lot of heroines in other YA books where it's already book 3 and they are still whining, I loved how fast Hana learned who she was, what her purpose was, and how brave she can look death in the face.I loved the description of the ship Cyclo and the humanoids that came with Fenn on that one w...
  • Kat
    *I got this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*Can we first take a moment and appreciate this beautiful cover? Which was what made me take a closer look at this book because it's so pretty. And also fits the story really well, a detail I just picked up after finishing and staring at the cover again.Secondly, the content of the book was amazing as well. It is exactly the kind of sci-fi I love. It's q...
  • Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
    The ending of Toxic was more gripping than the beginning, but the story didn’t manage to really suck me in.Toxic is a YA science fiction novel following two teens aboard the dying biological space-habitat Cyclo. Hana was created in secret by her mother in violation of the community population laws and has never been outside her room or interacted with anyone besides her mother and Cyclo. Then, she wakes up and finds the ship deserted. Fennec is...
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  • LaRonda (Flying Paperbacks)
    You can see my full review here!*I received an eArc of this book from the Publishers through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*I in truth had quite a deal of fun with this one, but it did take a while for me to get emotionally invested in the events taking place. This books pacing was sluggish, yet I look up after one sitting and find myself halfway through? It did take a little over half the book for things to pick up, but this was a rea...
  • Chloe (QuothTheBookLover)
    I recieved this ARC through Netgalley, so thank you to them, Lydia Kang and Engtangled Publishing!I really enjoyed this book, it was fun read that did keep me wondering what was going to happen next. I liked the characters and really enjoyed the concept of the book, it is very similar to The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James and Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.The main character Hana was really interesting. She went throug...
  • Katiria
    *** I received this book for a blog tour on the YA Bound Book Tour in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much to Sara and Entangled: Teen publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review Toxic! ***When I first started reading this book a few days ago I went into it blindly because I totally forgot about the synopsis about this book. But I was really happy to find out the book it set in space in a biological sentient ship name C...
  • Kimberly (Book Swoon)
    TOXIC by Lydia Kang is an exciting new standalone, science fiction for young adults readers with a strong dose of romance. This is space thriller filled with plenty of action and danger to keep things moving while a mystery keeps you guessing. It takes place in space on a sentient ship that is slowly dying; its crew has long abandoned it except for one girl who is not supposed to even exist.Deep Space, A Dying Sentient Ship, and A “Created” T...
  • Lelia Taylor
    I couldn’t help thinking of Kass Morgan’s The 100 when I first saw the description of this book. That’s not a bad thing as I’m a big fan of both the book series and the TV adaptation although they bear only a moderate resemblance to each other, as you might expect. At any rate, thinking of that series definitely made me want to try this and I’m very glad it did.Imagine spending the entire nearly 17 years of your life secreted away in a ...
  • thereadingowlvina (Elvina Ulrich)
    ***Spoilers alert!******4.5 stars***Oh wow! This is one incredible YA sci-fi! I enjoyed Kang's earlier books - The Impossible Girl & Quackery - so I thought I'd give this a try (although I'm new to the sci-fi genre). I'm really glad I read it! From the plot to the storytelling, it was one amazing experience, embarking on this suspenseful journey in the bioship Cyclo. The plot takes place in a self-sustaining but now dying bioship called Cyclo. Cy...
  • Jo Ladzinski
    Read my NetGalley eARC. Opinions are my ownDid you love Annihilation and wish it took place on the Nostromo? This book was written specifically for you. Seventeen-year-old Hana has lived on a bioship named Cyclo until a crew of criminals shows up to do some research. Cyclo is dying and it's a race against time and trust before the ship consumes them all.This book is so immersive. Kang has a background in medicine and physiology and it really show...
  • Michelle
    This book is intriguing from the first chapter. I really loved the uniqueness of the book. Hana has lived hidden on a spaceship all her life and has relied only on her mother as company. One day, she wakes up and everyone on the ship including her mother has left, leaving her behind. Finn is the other main character and we get his point of view as well as Hana's. He knows he is on a suicide mission, but even from the get go, he shows he is a stro...
  • Annette Jordan
    A clever blend of suspense and romance makes this Lydia Kang book a page turner from the get go. Despite being somewhat thrown into the story with little to no explanation, the exposition of the background info needed to make sense of the world and the characters is woven into the story as the book moves on, in a skilful way that does not hamper the pacing at all. Our protagonist is Hana, a genetically engineered girl who is now the sole passenge...
  • Jenny (Bookbookowl)
    Many thanks to Entangled Teen for providing me with this E-Arc of Toxic in exchange for an honest review.Life on the ship Cyclo is closely monitored and the population is capped at 1000. Unknown to the rest of the crew, there is a 1001st member. That person is Hana. Hidden by her mother for 16 years, Hana wakes up one day to an empty ship. Everyone has evacuated without her. Cyclo has been Hana's only friend for her whole life and they communicat...