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Is this book meant for young adults? If so the author needs to realise that that doesn't mean you have to spell out everything utterly without subtlety and only use really simple sentence structure. Also the English language has pronouns for a reason, you don't need to use the character name at every turn.
Would have liked to like this book, but can't.
The only reason this book exist is to satisfy a market, it has no other intrinsic value but the commercial purpose of selling.
Charley the main character, is a very good fighter and wants to avenge his brother, he is a very good fighter and what they did to his brother is unforgivable, but he is a very good fighter, did I mention that he is a very good fighter, well not as many times as the writer of the book. Also he has a score of 118 a very high score and he is a very good fighter with a score of 118 which makes him good looking and a very good fighter, attributes you need when you have a quest of hunting weaponized animals like a snake-ostrich, or the terrifying rhinoceros-giraffe. Do you have any doubt that Chaley With a score 118 and being a very good fighter will defeat all? or perhaps we will be left a a point where he might be defeated but we will find that out in the next exciting instalment?
1984, Animal Farm, We, The Handmaid's Tale, Fahrenheit 451, Oryx and Crake, Brave New World, The Gulag Archipelago are but a few of the books that should be read instead, because they speak for the truly oppressed and point at terrifying possibilities within our societies. They teach us to be vigilant and appreciative of our limited freedoms, like reading books; speaking for the victims of true dystopias they help us recognize and forewarn us of bad, evil ideas and despots that want to control you and me. Because this real books help us see the truth behind the veil of lies power weaves to feed itself.
The story follows a young lad, Charley, who’s reached the city’s adulthood age and is coming to terms with the grim reality that comes with living in Meritropolis. Meritropolis is a city that was formed 3 years After The Event, A.E, 50,000 human survivors settled and followed rule under the System. The System defines your worth with a numerical score and decides who exceeded their social usefulness and to but put Out of the gates, the gates which protects the city from the animal combinations that have taken over the Earth.
Charley is a high scorer and you follow him on his journey of either accepting his place in society or to revolt against the System. The story is fast paced and as a reader I found myself yearning for more, turning each page with anticipation. As I read I found myself empathising with charley and questioning what I would do if placed in the same situation, how it would make me feel and examining if I am a follower or a leader, which was rather rare to find in a young adult fiction.
As enthralling as the book was I did however find myself questioning elements of the world and its believability. There is no clear explanation to what The Event was, only it being caused by man, and the main story is set 12 years after this had happened and 9 years after the towns creation. The time scales seemed far too short for people to be so compliant with such brutal measures to control the population of Meritropolis. There’s still a lot of mystery surrounding why the town was created and what the world is like beyond the walls, however 50,000 people settled in that city and only 9 years after its creation are accepting the elderly, the sick, the disabled to be ruthlessly cast aside without any petition. If it were set 30 A.E I’d find it easier to believe, although I am aware that the following books may answer this question and so it doesn’t affect my enjoyment of the book.
Overall I found this book very easy reading and action packed with a surprising moral undertones. I look forward to the next instalment!
I received a free copy in return for an honest review
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