by Jenna Black
I couldn’t put this book down, it is great fun to read. I liked the weird future, the constant tension, the fact that one of the main characters was gay, the realization race is still an issue in the future, both the rich and the poor are “trapped” in the social structure, gossipy girls still are snotty and horrible through a fake smile, the media still prints ugly pictures of the famous, not that much has changed – except for everything else.
But, there are a few issues with it, mainly an exclusion of information. Things are kind of vague. How history got to this point where the world is run by Executives, how this technology came about and what the rest of the world looks like. The resolution seemed too easy…but was it?
Romance, well, there is a hint of a possibility. Our main characters are engaged, but one is gay and the other knows it. There is love of all types in the world
You have to read this book when you want a dystopian and can forgive some omissions. It is also YA but with pretty adult kids who know what is expected of them, whether they comply or not. But the characters do grow, and mature and try their best to get “fix” things. It was really good, not great but it is a brutal world, there is violence and a super villainous character, and somehow young people are doing the most dangerous work. I am interested to see where Black takes everything in the next book. 3.5 stars that have gone to supernova, the replica machine has made them exactly the same, the sky never changes.