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It's so bad it's laughable.
on November 20, 2016
This book deserves one star, but I'm giving it two for the number of laughs my friends and I have had about it through the years. Tears of joy have been shed, and my abs are stronger for it.
Okay, so the book was terrible. There's no two ways of putting it. It's like the author wanted to recreate the Hunger Games while avoiding a lawsuit, so she threw in a car. To be honest, the Car was the most memorable character of the book. Why? Well, our narrator spent 30% of the book driving it. And she kept announcing the speeds to the reader, as though 150 mph would have more of a dramatic effect on the scene than 125 mph. Also, she survives some pretty insane injuries. Snake bites, broken ribs, a broken arm, and various shrapnel cuts and bruises. But apparently in a post apocalyptic world, one shot of questionable antibiotics fixes you right up. Also, in a post apocalyptic world, the first two guys you meet will be both conventionally attractive, and your age! These two guys both naturally fall for our battered and bruised speed demon, thus creating the obligatory love triangle that absolutely no story ever needs. If I were Brooke, the main character, I'd choose neither. On one hand, there's Ben, who spends most of the book either screaming in terror, or crying inconsolably, and admittedly appropriate reaction to the situation at hand. Then there's Logan, the classic bad boy who hasn't lost his rock 'n' roll attitude despite the complete and unexplained desolation of the entire country, who pops up out of no where to show Brooke how grumpy he is.
Oh, and the main idea of the book is to get Brooke's sister Bree back from the slaverunners. In case that little thread got lost in that pile of crap. One of the most inexplicable and confusing things about the story is why Brooke gets thrown into this WWE fighting ring. The entire idea around this makes no sense at all. First of all, the spectators. Where do they come from? Why aren't they dead? And then those who run the fights. What benefits do they recieve from eliminating more of an already dwindling population? Why are they having people fight each other instead of using them as slave labor to build palaces? Honestly, the arena storyline made no sense and it took all of my willpower as a seventh grader (yes, I read this six years ago and only now am I reviewing it, but trust me, I remember it vividly.) not to skip it.
Overall, the story is even more unbelievable than a sci-fi dystopian novel should ever be, and anyone should be reading it for a good laugh if anything.