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Wonderful ideas and strong start, shaky conclusion,
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This review is from: Prison Nation (Kindle Edition)
This is harder to review than things usually are. I wish I could have two criteria - one for the plot line (which I'd give 4 or 5 stars - it's a refreshing new take on the dystopian society) and one for the plot execution (which would get 2).
Millie is a young adult who has grown up inside a state prison, condemned there for 18 years with her parents while still unborn and is now facing entrance into the outside "free" world. This is dystopian society at it's most gritty. The problem is that after that rock solid introduction, the plot becomes very fuzzy. There are logical leaps that left me scratching my head, and too many strong coincidences to swallow. The conclusion was a sudden, frenzied jolt and I was left feeling like I'd just been dropped on my head.
I think it's a great first novella, if indeed it's the author's first, and I'm slightly sad she didn't start with something else and hold this in reserve to be a better book once she had more experience and a better editor under her belt.