Number of Pages: 394
Publication Date: October 31, 2015
Rating: out of 5
OBC Rating: 3 out of 4 stars
Themes: Trust, Friendship, Dystopia vs. Utopia
Story Perspective: Alternating Third-Person
*This was part of the OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day Program*
America no longer exists and it’s all due to the Unity taking over after the Meltdown. The Unity requires their citizens to take the drug, ThiZ, with no real description of what the drug does. It also requires everyone to retire at the age of forty before fatigue takes over and leaves those they consider savages in the outlands.
Lieutenant Malila Chiu may be losing her status in the Unity, and therefore, takes the chance to enter the outlands to repair a station as a way to potentially redeem her status. However, when she feels faint and passes out, Malila wakes up to find her platoon murdered and a knife held to her throat…
I love reading Dystopian books and became excited to give this one a try!
The society in which the author creates is interesting and definitely fits the Dystopian genre. Not only does the Unity withhold information from its citizens, but they make their people take pills. For females, at least, it seems to prevent pregnancy and most likely other things (i.e. losing emotions).
The main characters, Malila and her jailer, Jesse, are extremely likable and are developed very well. They are opposite of one another: Malila – young, beautiful, and always follows orders like an automaton; Jesse – old, wrinkled, and lives to the beat of his own drum. Their complicated relationship as one who is imprisoned and the other a jailer makes the dynamic between the two extremely interesting.
Some of the supporting characters were well-developed while others not as much. I felt I was able to get to know the citizens of the outlands much more than the ones in the Unity. While Malila stays with the outlanders, it was easy to relate to the people and to understand her fascination with them who are mothers, fathers, have babies, and get married. In her society, there are breeders and donors, not mothers and fathers. So, perhaps this is the reason why I felt the author allowed me to familiarize myself with these kind people rather than the darker and more unknown Unity citizens.
Some of the acronyms used and the use of CORE was a bit confusing toward the beginning and even when speaking of avatars. I kind of had to read them for face value and move on because it was confusing in trying to figure out what these things meant.
As far as editing is concerned, the book was edited fairly well. There were a couple of instances where the word “whatever” was used in place of “whatsoever”. Then, the only other issue I had was the inconsistency of Jesse’s accent. At times, he was say “I”, “i”, or even “ah” all for the word “I”, and “ye” and “you” for the word “you”. I don’t know if it was intentional to have Jesse’s accent to be a bit all over the place, but it was distracting.
I would advise future readers that rape and “pleasure-sex” are topics that are discussed, which would be better suited for a more mature audience.
Overall, this was an entertaining read that I feel many will enjoy.