"Before you stands the future."
Straight-laced, sixteen-year-old Rebecca can't wait for her Acceptance. A fancy ball, eligible bachelors, and her debut as an official member of society. Instead, the Machine rejects Rebecca. Labeled as a future criminal, she's shipped off to a life sentence in a lawless penal colony.
A life behind barbed-wire fences with the world's most dangerous people terrifies Rebecca. She reluctantly joins a band of misfit teens in a risky escape plan, complete with an accidental fiancé she's almost certain she can learn to love.
But freedom comes with a price. To escape a doomed future and prove her innocence, Rebecca must embrace the criminal within.
I want to start off by saying I did enjoy the book and it was well written. Some characters were more interesting than others, but overall not a bad book.
These days it seems like almost every week a new dystopian gets released, and it becomes more difficult to stay original. Unfortunately I felt like I already read this book before, or at least one or two that came very close to it. With the focus very much on the romance and the escape plan, the actual world Rebecca lived in felt a bit lacking.
I liked the premise of the whole Acceptance part, and the Machine, though I hoped to have gotten more detail on how exactly it works. It just doesn't make much sense why Rebecca gets rejected. She really is straight-laced, has never done anything wrong or really questioned the Cardinal (leader). The only reason why she gets send away is because she's too smart and therefor can articulate her thoughts and convince people to be against the Cardinal. It just doesn't make sense that she would do that when all her life, all she wanted was to find a nice guy, get married, get kids and the whole shabang. So to me she didn't belong in the PIT in the first place, she wasn't rebellious enough to be put there.
That was only the beginning of the story and like I said I did enjoy it, there were a lot of elements bugging me, to be fully convinced. If you're a huge fan of dystopian or that is one of the only genres you read, then this is certainly a book for you. Personally I believe there are better dystopian young adult stories out there.
Her first love is Young Adult novels, because at seventeen the world is your oyster. Only oysters are slimy and more than a little salty; it's accurate if not exactly motivational. We should come up with a better cliché.
Sarah divides her time between writing YA books that her husband won’t read and working with amazing authors as an agent at Corvisiero Literary Agency. Her life’s goal is to be only a mildly embarrassing mom when her kids hit their teens.