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Children live in fear of the day government agents will come and take them. When Riley's name ends up on the extraction list, despite her mother's prominence, she is forced to flee. Riley is plunged into danger as her mother and her mother's friend Bo make contact with a guide, a man who sneaks children and their families out of the country. Cain is a dangerous man, but will he be enough to guide Riley to safety?
This young adult novel is a fast-paced read, thrusting you into the dark, dystopic future. What starts as a good idea, to save children, spirals so far out of control. Claire, Riley's mother, is forced to confront the horrors she helped create when she championed the Parental Morality Act. The writing flows swiftly, leaving you wanting to keep turning the pages. This story is unflinching when tackling the world that Riley is put into.
The Extraction List is a great read, illuminating the problems of depending too much on the government to change behavior of its citizens. Change through force will never be lasting change. And force is the only tool the government has at its disposal. So be careful the power you give your government. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.
In the first book, the dystopian world of Riley is presented with an immediate rush of adrenaline filled action. A well intended law, initiated by her mother, has backfired. The Taskforce has shown up on her doorstep, prepared to take Riley into custody for the mandatory Extraction. Your heart will thump within the first scenes as gunfire and blood pepper the pages. From this point forward, the story doesn’t slow down.
It’s apparent that a thrilling opening will become a signature of Renee N. Meland, because Between the Cracks and Burning Doors opens with an equally thundering scene. Cain, a character from the first novel, is a child severely abused by his father. In a desperate act, Cain kills his abuser, and almost instantly is thrust into an equally abusive situation. While hiding in an alley, he is witness to the brutal beating of a priest and steps in to the rescue.
Thrilling? You bet! Well worth the investment of time, even for someone uninterested in YA or dystopian literature. But, most importantly, this author has opened the door for many young adult readers. I’ve always thought that if a YA author can get one kid love a book they have given that child the gift of a lifetime. How great is that?
Very much enjoyed these stories, recommended.
When Riley's mother sponsors a bill intended to help children, the effects are insidious and devastating. It goes from "looks can be deceiving" working-as-intended to "no good deed goes unpunished". The pace clips along and Riley progresses from a somewhat naive student to a girl with growing street-smarts. I'm looking forward to seeing where this adventure takes her!
The Extraction List, by Renee Meland, is a unique, YA, dystopian tale. I would have to say that my favorite aspect is the story. It's well thought out and I think pertinent to what is happening in our current, Big Brother culture. I appreciate a story (especially YA) that gives you something to think about, and the Extraction List does just that!
Meland's writing is clear and easy to read. That's another big thing for me. I'm easily distracted and nothing is more distracting than a book that's hard to get through. Although there were times that things were a bit stilted, as far as story progression, over-all it didn't take away from the novel.
I appreciated the relationship between Riley and her mom and that the story didn't pivot on a romance (one of my pet peeves), but I have to give character development a 4 rather than a five just because there were times that things weren't consistent. However, a four star rating to me means that it was good, so this by no means is a negative critique.
I don't give spoilers in my review, so I'm not going to address any direct content, but I want to close by encouraging fans of YA, Dystopian, or thriller genres to give this book a try! Renee meland has done a fantastic job of crafting a believable story with a whole lot of potential!!
I'm finding more and more books like this one nowadays. They are a wake-up call for those who will open their eyes.