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- Print Length: 322 pages
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- Publication Date: January 9, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00S2MG6QK
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Allaria was a good main character, for the most part. Everything she did is to save her brother (who is a Defective). She is also self-aware, and knows when she's being a hypocrite- this happens at multiple points during the book. So, yes, she is flawed and she knows it, which is a refreshing change for the heroine of a dystopian novel. However, she also has a bit of "Bella Swan" syndrome which annoyed me to no end. She falls in love with Drew quickly at the beginning of the book and actually wonders, 3 weeks into the relationship, why they haven't told each other all their secrets. My eyes nearly rolled straight out of my head. She is also clumsy and gets lost frequently (not endearing qualities). Therefore she always needs whichever guy is nearest to help her find her way around. This gets annoying fast.
I hated Drew from the beginning and sincerely hope there's no redemption arc for him in the sequel. What he does in this book is despicable, even though he hides behind the pretense of doing his job.
[taken from my review at goodreads]
The book is in first person, a story about Allira, who seems to be always obsessed with some guy. For the first four/five chapters she is following Drew and during this time, every other character has a minimal part. Then, she's incarcerated and other boys come into her life. The following of her infatuations with boys would be fine if there was more to the story than just that. However, there is little else. The Insitute itself, although somehow extremely powerful, appears to be little more than a high school for Defectives. Its administration policies feel implausible and forced. No cameras are watching those inside despite the supposed control over the Defectives. The Defectives have freedom to travel anywhere inside and even to maximum-security zones... if they're going to have a sexual liaison that is. As for our protagonist, she's likeable, but she is ultimately just a passive victim of circumstances. Her life is peppered with events surprising her out of the blue. Even the abilities that she comes to possess arrive unexpectedly. Little action happens. And the segue into the sequel comes abruptly without an ounce of effort on her part.
So, if you are into reading about the emotional angst of teenage girls as they latch onto and are betrayed by boys in their lives, go ahead and read The Institute. Everybody seems to have some kind of supernatural ability and there's a lot of drama. However, I was hoping for a little more realism. I have read many books of YA dystopian fiction and liked many, but I can't give my recommendation for The Institute for this genre of writing.
Despite the problems, the author has talent and she makes the heroine quite likable. The plot is a good idea (a bit like X-Men) but rather undeveloped in book one. At this point, it is more of a teen romance than a dystopian novel. Hopefully, the cliffhanger ending indicating the inclusion of more interesting secondary characters bodes well for book two.
I enjoyed the concept the author brings to the reader, the Institute and defectives, and what direction the plot went was not what I expected, so it was a pleasant surprise, Be prepared to read the series, however, as this book does not give you an finality to anything. Instead, it is a classic cliff-hanger, drawing you the next book in the series. All that said, I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the next book. I have to find out what happens. For myself, I love cliff-hangers.
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