Top positive review
Classic, YA friendly, Dystopian Sci-Fi.
on 6 July 2017
I found this book after watching a YouTube vid by a guy called Jakob Tanner. His vids are a cut above (though he doesn't make many) and you should check him out. Anyway he raved about this book and I kind of share his tastes so I thought - why not?
RAOSV tells the story of a middle class girl called Lola, who through the actions of a corrupt and unjust society, descends into a life of violence and anger. The novel does a good job of showing how external forces and governments and individuals can act with violence upon their own citizens or fellow humans, and of how institutional violence normalises violence amongst those it who suffer it.
Womack does a brilliant job with the character of Lola who is super-convincing as an intelligent tween trying to find identity against a chaotic backdrop. And I totally think this is a book that boys and girls, men and women would all enjoy. This would also be a great read for YA readers of 12 years plus.
I gave this book four stars rather than five because I wasn't entirely convinced by the dystopia. I wanted more information and I didn't get it. And for me, Lola's changing voice became a little too dramatic in the final sections of the book where I wanted a little more ease and clarity.
Overall though ROASV is very good book. I can't rave about it as much as Jakob does, but I certainly enjoyed it and I think that you will too.