Top positive review
Underrated, brilliant YA-crossover novel
on 3 May 2017
Great book. I heard about this through a friend, and after reading it feel it's one of those great books that didn't get as much recognition as it deserves. The opening pages are some of my favorite to any book: we are immediately thrust into the narrator's strange world via his strong voice and use of dialect/neologisms that work to cement the strange dystopic future setting of the novel. Probably described as YA for the novel's voice and adolescent narrator, like all good YA books it transcends the YA genre and explores many interesting and broad-reaching themes.
Published in 2002, when the internet was yet to invade every corner of our lives as it does today, this book truly felt visionary and premonitory, particularly with it's prediction of how advertising would track our every movements and filter into all aspects of our lives. A brilliant read, not without flaws, but any flaws the book may contain did not bother me in face of the great strength and force that the novel delivered.