Reader Reviewed Maladapted by Richard Kurti


Written by Richard Kurti

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This second novel from the author of Monkey Wars is a thought-provoking thriller with all the adrenalin-boosting action of Alex Rider and high stakes dystopian drama of The Hunger Games.

Cillian is a teen prodigy whose world is overturned when he survives a terror attack on a train in which all the other passengers - including his dad - were killed. The question is, why did Cillian survive? Shortly after the attack, the mysterious, invincible Tess tracks him down and together they embark on a dangerous journey that sees them uncover shocking truths about the sinister extremes science is being taken to at the hands of the P8 scientists.

The short, sharp, blasts of action and powerful precision storytelling will keep readers turning the pages at breakneck speed, while also stimulating deeper thought about big issues around scientific, social and personal ethics. ~ Joanne Owen

Reader Reviews

Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Adam Goodman, age 13 - 'The best book I have ever read!!! ‘Maladapted’ is exciting and action-packed from start to finish, a great read and I would highly recommend it!'
  • Georgia Walters, age 15 - 'Maladapted was an incredibly enjoyable read, packed with action and suspense. I was swept away with the story from the opening pages; there was never a dull moment.'
  • Eloise Mae Clarkson, age 13 - 'I would definitely recommend this to a friend. The concept was unique and the characters were amazing.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'A very interesting read! I recommend adding this to your TBR list.'
  • Lucie Harrison, age 13 - 'I enjoyed reading Maladapted although it was quite a difficult read. It was engaging and very different to other books I have read.'
  • Amelia Corrick-Gough, age 14 - 'I sat down one Saturday morning, and read it all. I highly recommend this and I hope the next one will be just as good!'
  • Beth Jones, age 13 - 'Maladapted is a thrilling sci-fi novel with an excellent plot and characters. I love the concept of a world controlled by technology.'
  • William Oliver - 'As a sci-fi lover, I am really interested in visions of the future. I am not an avid reader, but this book is one of few that I enjoyed and found really gripping.'
  • Dylan Sweet, age 12 - 'Maladapted is a very thrilling book. The change of atmosphere is sudden and so dramatic that it captures you and doesn’t let you go.'
  • Celeste Phelan, age 14 - 'A mind-boggling read with so many twists and turns, it mirrors the complicity and the sudden surprises of a maze.'
  • Liam, age 13 - 'Cillian is the survivor of a terrorist attack which causes him a lot of grief but even more attention from several secret operations. Will he live or not!?'
  • Ofelia Tavares, age 13 - 'Maladapted was addictive and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was gripping and a great page turner.'


Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review Richard Kurti's stunning first novel, Monkey Wars. To read their full reviews Click here.

  • Robin Johansson, age 14 - 'From the start, this book is an action packed page turner..I would unquestionably recommend this book!'  
  • Alice D'Angelo - 'I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys an interesting, original story.'
  • Safiyah Afghan - 'Full of twists and turns, adventure and romance this book is a fantastic book that readers will find hard to put down.'
  • Josh Travers, age 14 - 'An absolute page turner, this book flows swiftly and smoothly, taking the reader on a magical journey across the bustling city of Kolkata through the eyes of the monkeys that fight to call it home.'
  • Darcy Elliman, age 15  'Monkey Wars is a beautiful and well written story from the perspective of two young rival monkeys. It’s a heart-warming and gripping story that will stay with any reader.'
  • Carla McGuigan, age 13 - 'one of my favourites and I would suggest it to both boys and girls.'

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Maladapted by Richard Kurti

From BAFTA-nominated screenwriter Richard Kurti comes an exciting, fast-paced thriller that shows the power science has to change not just our lives, but our very selves.

Cillian is the sole survivor of a devastating terrorist attack on a packed Metro train. How did he survive when everyone else was killed? Searching for answers with the mysterious Tess, Cillian discovers that his father has links to P8, a group of genetic scientists operating outside the laws of Foundation City. The shocking discoveries he and Tess make at P8's secret hospital start to make Cillian ask not who he is, but what he is...


Magnificent storytelling that doles out science fiction, horror and conspiracy theories with a handful of conscience and a lesson in forgiveness very graciously learnt by those involved. A truly good read, aimed at teenagers, recommended to all. -- Dominique White * Goodreads * Fast-paced thriller that shows the power science has to change our lives and our selves. * The Bookseller * Richard Kurti's YA novel doesn't shrink from tackling some pretty big, inflammatory issues. [...] what's striking is how lightly Maladapted wears all these weighty concerns, using them to power a taut, pacy thriller that takes us from the sky walkways of a futuristic city to a remote gothic fortress housing a terrible secret. At the heart of the story is a fascinating dynamic between the victim and perpetrator of a terrorist atrocity [...] For a kid's book, Maladapted has some very grown up ideas. * SFX Magazine * ...this skilfully written political thriller will draw readers into a world where extreme ideologies collide. [...] the pace of this novel is relentless. [...] Richard Kurti's screenwriting credentials are evident in the short, tense chapters in which violent action sequences alternate with shock discoveries and revelations, leaving both readers and protagonists breathless. The ideological clash between the extremes of scientific experimentation and religious fanaticism is powerfully portrayed [...] This disturbing, thought-provoking, modern thriller should appeal to older teens who enjoy fast-paced dystopian fiction. * Books for Keeps * This book certainly got off to an explosive start! A really good opening couple of chapters set the pace and intrigue for the duration of the story...Overall a good read, a bit different and I would certainly look for a follow up book. * School Library Association *

About the Author

Richard Kurti

As a child I grew up in Harlow, Essex, where I spent a lot of time climbing trees, building Lego, playing football and mooching with friends. After seeing Steven Spielberg’s first film, Duel, I became a movie fanatic, watching everything from German New Wave to American blockbusters, and dreaming of becoming a film director. Somewhere along the line I started working insanely hard at school to try and get good enough grades to get to University.

As an adult I studied Philosophy & English at Cambridge University, which was a completely mind-expanding experience. After graduating, I trained at the BBC as a TV sound recordist, working on everything from Blue Peter to the Barcelona Olympics. In the meantime, I started directing short films and documentaries, and this led on to scriptwriting… which soon turned into a full time job. I have written screenplays for Hollywood studios, as well as TV shows like Robin Hood, Primeval and Sinbad, and am currently developing a TV series of the Quatermain books. Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to write a novel; one day I decided to stop dreaming and start doing something about it. Because I had to fit the novel in around my screenwriting, I started getting up an hour earlier every day… I bought a tiny laptop that stayed with me all the time, so that every spare minute could be used for writing … three years later Monkey Wars was finished.

As a writer I will write anywhere that I can set up my laptop and put on a pair of headphones! When I’m out and about, Costa Coffee is my favourite place to write – you can make a cappuccino and some biscuits last for two hours and no-one throws you out. Trains are another great place to write, especially one hour journeys – just enough time to get a couple of pages done, not so long that you get bogged down. At home I’ve got a room set aside just for writing – all my notes and dictionaries are laid out, so I can just dive straight in. Before I submit a draft, I always like to read it out loud to myself. I’ve read bedtime stories to my son ever since he was 6 months old, and I think hearing words said out loud can alert you to things you miss when you read silently in your mind.

Things you didn’t know about Richard Kurti

1. I love riding water slides – the steeper the better.

2. I hate wearing ties.

3. I always listen to music when I write.

4. My fingers are double-jointed, so I can do some weird things with them.

5. I refuse to buy an Apple MAC – long live the PC!

6. Toast and Marmite is my favourite food.

7. I suffer from formophobia (fear of filling in forms).

8. I love skiing, and wish I’d started doing it 20 years ago.

9. I will do (almost) anything for chocolate.

10. One day I would like to build a clock.

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320 pages
Interest Age: From 12 years


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Publication date

7th April 2016




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