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Jen Cole is a rebellious, attractive red-headed teen, estranged from her alcoholic mother and fighting her own personal battle with authority. She flees a correctional institution, and with help, rips a tracking device from her ankle. Jen then links up with Myron Cutter, the son of an upper class government figure, and Oscar Saracen, a self-appointed crusader with a mission to end British oppression. The book follows their efforts to spread the truth about the British government in their effort to spark an uprising.
L.N. Denison’s writing is suspenseful and dark. The dialogue is minimal but crisp and successfully aids in developing the characters and the plot. I found it easy to accept the main premise of the dystopian novel, but for me, there are parts of the story that don’t ring true. As an example, Jen and her partners are smart, strong-willed, and resourceful, yet they seem to take unnecessary risks (like throwing leaflets off a 40-story building, not thinking about the time it would take them to descend). Their risks lead to suspenseful situations, but I’m not sure these defenseless young adults would survive these events.
I root for underdogs, and Jen, Myron, and Cutter fit that definition. This book takes them in and out of hopeless circumstances and me along with them. It is an entertaining novel, and one I think most readers would enjoy.
I will admit that I wasn't hooked until the hammer dropped, though. When that notice came into the fray around page 30 or so, I was immersed. Sometimes I find that we are only a few steps away from a tyrannical and corporate uprising in our everyday lives. I enjoyed the relationship between Jen and Myron. I felt that that was fleshed out very well. But the thing I liked the most was the concept itself. I really give points for the colored uniforms dictating which class you're a part of. It made me think of where I'd be lumped in. Probably the middle class Blue, but not so sure. That was intriguing to me. Three uniforms, three forms of identification. What's so terrifying about it is the underlying reality within the fictional machinations here. It's the stuff that provokes thought.
If something like this were to happen, how could you stop it? We're under the rule of thumb right now, actually. But we just bat an eye to all of it and go about our self-serving, trivial business.
While there are indeed grim sections of violence and dire hopelessness, there is true light at the end of the tunnel for our characters who were embroiled in rebellious battle. Is that a spoiler? You decide. I thought the way this novel wrapped was quite ideal. Honestly, it made me smile. Perhaps it's because I'm a softie at heart when it comes to stories like this. I look forward to reading the remixed edition soon, L.N. Denison. Rounding up to four from a 3.5 for overall potential and genuine, personal immersion experienced.
The characters are raw and without refinement, which suits exactly where they are and what they are having to put up with just to survive. There is no fluffiness in this story - there is terror, pain and a sense of evil in some people who pass through it - but I believe it is entirely believable fiction. What I've read in this story today will stay with me for quite a while, I expect. It is thought provoking about where humankind can go if a series of seriously wrong turns are taken.
I found this to be an exceptional read and I look forward to reading more by this author.
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