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Acid [Library Binding]

Emma Pass
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Book Description

11 Mar 2014
"Jenna Strong is a futuristic Jason Bourne."--Justine Magazine

Fans of Matched and Divergent will be hooked by this fast-paced, nail-biting survival story, featuring an unforgettable heroine reminiscent of Katniss Everdeen and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s Lisbeth Salander.

The year is 2113. In Jenna Strong’s world, ACID—the most brutal controlling police force in history—rule supreme. No throwaway comment or whispered dissent goes unnoticed—or unpunished. And it was ACID agents who locked Jenna away for life, for a horrendous crime she struggles to remember. But Jenna’s violent prison time has taught her how to survive by any means necessary. When a mysterious rebel group breaks her out, she must use her strength, speed, and skill to stay one step ahead of ACID and try to uncover the truth about what really happened on that terrible night two years ago. They’ve taken her life, her freedom, and her memories away from her. How can she reclaim anything when she doesn’t know who to trust?

Winner of the North East Teenage Book Award 

"Great suspense . . . excellent characters and gripping action."

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  • Library Binding: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (11 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375991344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375991349
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 21.7 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,435,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emma Pass has been making up stories for as long as she can remember; she reckons it's the most fun you can have without attracting attention from the authorities. She wrote her first novel, aged 13, in maths lessons with her notebook hidden under her work. After school, she went to art college, but soon realized she wasn't cut out to be a painter and decided to stick with writing.

By day, Emma works as a library assistant and lives with her husband and crazy greyhound G-Dog in the North East Midlands. Find her at or follow her on Twitter - @EmmaPass

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"There's an exciting and intriguing opening, lots of action, plenty of twists to keep you guessing, a dystopian future and a kick-ass heroine in Jenna Strong. So . . . Katniss Everdeen had better grab her bow, nock another arrow and prepare for a fight. She has a challenger" (Dan Smith, author of The Child Thief)

"In a word, ACID is brilliant . . . They coined the term 'page-turner' specifically for books like this . . . When you come out of a book wishing that you knew the heroine in real life, you know they're someone a bit special. I LOVED it. 10/10" (World of Children's Books)

"Looking for a book with a bad-ass, uber cool and smart female lead? You need to meet Jenna Strong. She won't take any crap and she will kick you down until you can take it no longer . . . This is one brilliant action adventure story . . . written with style and flare" (Eventide Reviews)

"Suspenseful . . . I would recommend this book to anyone" (Guardian Children's Books) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A fast-paced thriller with a futuristic twist, starring an unforgettable new heroine. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting new dystopia for the YA market 2 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a thrill ride of a book, which hooks the reader quickly and fully delivers on its promise of excitement.

I'm sure some of you who are YA readers are going "I've done the dystopian thing; I'm over it now" but I would urge you to give this one a go. Yes, there are elements which you'll have read before (but I would strongly argue that any story which works is constructed using familiar elements) - the main character against the system, dark forces moving against her, mystery and uncertainty about characters' motivations - but it's also tightly written and refreshingly different in some (to me) indefinable way. Perhaps it's in the way it's put together, perhaps it's the UK setting; I'm not sure, but it is an excellent novel, recommended even to the dystopia-weary. Those of you concerned about sameness in YA novels will definitely want to know that Acid is love-triangle-free.

Our protagonist, Jenna, is tough and smart - as the only female prisoner in a high-security facility for murderers, she's had to be. It's clear from the start that the crime which saw her incarcerated here is problematic, but we are drip-fed these details adding to the tension. The story starts on its feet, all action and no pulled punches, and this is the pitch we operate at pretty much throughout. It helps that Emma Pass knows her world intimately and leads us through it effectively. We learn exactly what we need to, precisely when we need to with her perfectly judged world-building. I hate things being over-explained or the dreaded info-dump - there isn't a whiff of that here.

I warmed to Jenna quite quickly and found it easy to be on her side.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding Justice and Finding Yourself 21 May 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
ACID is the rare true dystopian novel where the heroine is kickass and takes orders from no one. From the very first chapter, it's clear that Jenna Strong is the very center of a web of lies, whose repercussions reach much farther than the life of one girl. Emma Pass takes readers down a twisty path of discovery, each turn more horrifying - and illuminating - than the last.

Jenna Strong was a refreshing change of voice from typical YA - she was one hundred percent sure of herself (except when she was around Max, at which point she was only 99.9% sure of herself.) Sometimes, she didn't know what was true, what her goals were, or even what she wanted, but she knew that protecting herself and sticking with those who needed her was the ultimate goal, deserving of all the fight she had in her. And that fight was a LOT.

I loved that Jenna herself was an unreliable narrator, not knowing her true identity for part of the book or the bigger system at work for most it. Despite that, her instincts of self-preservation never waned. Emma Pass's creation of a character who could be broken and shifted and changed again and again yet still maintain that essential kernal of personality was incredible.

But, in the end, this is the story of a girl learning to trust and love others enough that she stays behind to fight for them. The true heart of ACID is not Jenna breaking ribs of grown men and making them sob (which she does frequently,) or in toppling the stunningly-drawn Orwellian dystopia. It's discovering that, though her well-being and freedom should be her first priority, working as a team, standing up for the defenseless, and letting herself love others is just as important.

Though ACID is not available in the US yet,
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting Debut 3 Jun 2013
Unputdownable is an overused word, but in this case it's true. As soon as I opened the first page, I couldn't stop reading ACID. It has all the hallmarks of a great thriller - a feisty heroine, non-stop action and a dark conspiracy at its centre. Set in a near-future UK that's scarily realistic, the story follows 16-year-old Jenna Strong as she tries to stay one step ahead of the law, and in doing so, learns the truth about the government - and herself. Anyone who appreciates a truly kick-ass MC and can handle nail-biting tension will love this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cool idea, but not fleshed out enough 6 May 2013
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ACID starts out strong--with a 17 year old bad girl who can take on fully grown, perverted men, and an epic prison break. I LOVED how Jenna kicked some serious butt and wasn't afraid to stand up for herself. Then things immediately get moving with a prison break and Jenna is whisked away by mysterious "good samaritans". The author feeds us some sneak peaks of what is to come, and promises us information and background story! ....which we don't get until about 250 pages later.

The problem with ACID is that the questions just kept building and building, until we finally got answers 150 pages from the end, but at that point I had already guessed all the answers anyway. I hate it when you don't have that moment of clarity and understanding along with the main character. I hate it when the main character has to catch up to you. I knew the answers (or at least strongly suspected), but then she found out hundreds of pages later and was like OH MY GOD! And I was like "Way ahead of you, girlie."

So, in the beginning we get fed our questions, but before we get the answers we are treated to: a long "prisoners on the run" sequence, a half-developed love interest, and an entirely useless 75 pages of "My memory has been wiped" before the grand finale. (You could have cut out those 75 pages and still understood the book completely.)

There were a lot of interesting ideas in ACID but they don't get as fleshed out as I would have liked. Overall we're left with a pretty vague sense of the future and what London is like, and we have ZERO sense of what the rest of the world is like (what's going on with the US or the rest of Europe?). However, there are a few cool snippets in the book that I did really like, including news articles, transcripts between ACID agents, and letters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I love this book and thought that it was a great book. I was bored and started reading it. once I got into it I found it very interesting and the ideas very engrossing as well as... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff. Looking forward to being able to share ...
Gripping story in a genre I don't normally now going to launch into The Fearless by the same author. Great stuff. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Arwen Fox
4.0 out of 5 stars Great debut!
Wow! This debut novel by Emma Pass is a gripping thrill-ride, a dystopian set in a future Britain ruled by a terrifying, Orwellian controlling police force, ACID. Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. L. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Best UKYA novel I've read
In fact, one of the best YA novels I've read in some time, period. The opening is polished and delivers just the right amount of information so that you can put everything in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by whereiskfr
3.0 out of 5 stars So-so YA dystopia
It’s the year 2113. After years of financial crises drove Britain to the point of collapse, ACID (the police force) took over, taking Britain out of the EU and closing it off from... Read more
Published 2 months ago by I Read, Therefore I Blog
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read!
I read this book within the day, I couldn't put it down. The characters in this book were interesting and the plot kept on twisting and turning, just when you think you knew what... Read more
Published 2 months ago by LE
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid read
Some reviews and comments I'd read led me to go into this book with expectations completely different from what it actually was. That wasn't a bad thing at all. Read more
Published 3 months ago by elladanella
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Dystopian Read
I had been looking to get this book for ages and finally treated myself to it a few weeks back.

The first thing that struck me about the book was the feisty looking... Read more
Published 3 months ago by hross42877
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Excellent storyline, I love the characters! An all round good read.
Jenna strong is certainly up there in my list of fictional heroines.
Published 4 months ago by Hannah Tweddle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read - fantastic new author !!
Couldn't put the damn book down, had to cancel an appointment so that i could finish it.
Really looking forward to more from this great new author !!!
Published 4 months ago by Pod
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