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Erickson maintains a steady, consistently controlled dramatic pace throughout. The result is a thoroughly refreshing reading experience.. an original concept delivered with a realistic and consistent voice. Congratulations to this young novelist!.
There are twists that you kinda see coming, but twists nonetheless in the story as well.
I found the story line interesting, and the way the author has described this new America, I thought she was on to something. The way Macey thought outside the box that the government put her in, the author was definitely on the right track...then she slipped. Not far, but, slipped nonetheless. She could have done SOOOOOOO much with this idea, and she already had a great foundation. The characters were well thought out, and relationships formed between the reader and each character to the point that when one dies, I'm bawling my eyes out. The author was >thisclose< and then she seemed to quit. I felt like she just decided to quit the book, and threw down an ending. It felt so rushed, I'm flipping back and forth on my kindle, searching up the book online, trying to figure out where the rest of it went. As much as it pains me, I have to say that the ending was so off-putting I'm not sure if I want to read anything else by her. She raised my hopes so high...*sigh* besides the ending, there were a few inconsistencies in the book that can be overlooked, but bothered me, so I'm putting them here, in case the author wants to read my drivel....
In the beginning of the book, Macey's attention is directed to a flag in her history book, but she doesn't even know what a flag is. HOWEVER, we're told that she's watched Schindler's list, lord of the rings, back to the future, and has access to all sorts of 'old' movies...of which SOOOO many of them would show FLAGS.
Then there's the TV. To quote Macey "I'd seen a television at the museum, so I had a basic understanding..." ..."today everything was digital and stored on your home's mainframe. There were no televisions, only high definition projectors"... but yet, they 'gather around the TV' quite a few times in the book.
(I said they can be overlooked, and I already called my writings drivel, so if you're still reading, you can't complain) there were a couple other things, like the home decontamination thing, and how it seemed to take a while, but then all of a sudden everyone else is just walking into the house and it seems they're no longer being decontaminated by 'Rosie' (the house), and do places of business or employment do decontamination? We're never told she'd been decontaminated before walking into the studio, or art gallery, or anything....anyway. So. Aside from that? Amazing book. I'm just stuck on the lackluster ending *sigh*
The outspoken Macey is trapped and limited by the government and begins to question the way things have been for years. She is surrounded by suffering, loss and clings tightly to her diminishing family and friends for strength. Macey's one creative outlet - art - becomes censored after she paints old symbols that are forbidden for unknown reasons to her. Stephanie Erickson has created an incredibly well rounded character in Macey - a young woman who is facing a very controlled future - who instead of submitting to the government like everyone else begins to challenge the justness of her world and make her own path, for however long she can. The society Erickson has built is fascinating and the suspense level is high throughout the entire novel.
The ending is extremely well done and thought provoking. The character of Macey develops from a rebellious argumentative girl to a incredibly brave woman who is forced to make decisions that could change everything. The Cure captured my attention and I couldn't put it down - to the point where I stayed up all night to finish. It is a must read from a brilliant young author.
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