Author: Elana Johnson
Upcoming Release Date: June 7, 2011
My Rating: 4/5--I mostly enjoyed it.
One Word Plot: Dystopian
Good if..you're looking for something sweet/action packed
My Thoughts... Hold on to your hair-gel we have another Dystopian on our hands.
Let me start by saying that...I don't really like dystopian novels. I can thank 1984, BRAVE NEW WORLD, and THE GIVER for all jading me in the past. And yet, Sarah, why is it you always end up reading more dystopian types? I guess because every now and then you run into a good one. And--when they're good, they're usually really good. I loved HUNGER GAMES and the UGLIES series. I'm happy to say that this one can added to the goodies list. :) So on to my review already--
The central theme to this novel is control or be controlled. No surprise there; aren't all dystopians that central theme? Where this one exceeded my expectations is Vi. She's the strong, kick-butt female we all want in a novel, especially a novel where the main character has to take down 'the man'. Right away she teams up with Jag--the badboy also in prison for breaking the rules--and the whole novel is kind of their escape/self-discovery kind of a thing along the way. Then there's also Zenn--the goodboy--and Vi's 'match' she left at home. It makes for an excellent plot. And I thoroughly enjoyed it (and Vi's sarcastic personality) the whole way through; it didn't disappoint. My favorite favorite part was the ending. It was intense and I loved it. A cliffhanger all the way, but such a perfectly fitting ending. I can't wait to read book 2 (is there a book2?).
If anything was lacking it was that the romance wasn't 'knock-your-socks-off'. More like sweet and tender. It was good--don't get me wrong--but it didn't blow me away.