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The Limit Paperback – December 6, 2011
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This is exactly what happened when Matt's parents went over the limit. The Federal Debt Rehabilitation Agency took him into custody and he landed on the top floor of a workhouse. It was a floor reserved for the brightest kids. At first, he enjoys the freedom of ordering what he wants, but something is off. Who pays for this stuff?
When Matt's sister becomes a resident of the same facility, he discovers just how flawed this system is. What has him more concerned is the health of the residents. Some of the kids are getting headaches and his sister has a seizure right before his eyes. The staff treated this as a minor incident, but she'd never had seizures before. Matt isn't about to stop until he gets to the bottom of what's going on.
The most gripping part of this story was the parallel between Matt's world and our own. With the direction of our country is heading and the massive personal debt of consumers being so out of control, it made me wonder if this scenario could happen.
To be fair, this is more of a middle grade novel than a young adult. Just the age of the MC and the style it was written in showcases that so I'm not a prime candidate to judge this one. But I think I can still make a few comments on it.
I loved the kids in this story. I just thought each one of them so individually unique, with their own quirks that stood out so vividly on the page that I felt they were right there next to me. Matt was so real and up until the end, even Honey Lady (a nickname Matt gave her that existed, for the most part, in his head) was exceptionally real. I think that was the strongest part of this book; the characters.
The world I could believe too. I'm not sure of the greater overall motive of the government to put spending caps on people or take their children away. It's really government spending and deregulation that ultimately screws over debt but that's beside the point. It felt real to me for personal reasons I won't go into. I kept being able to put myself in Matt's shoes and I found it horrifying. When you're that young you have such faith in your parents that they're doing right and when you find out they're not infallible, it hurts. In this world it just so happens the children that have to have that realization end up paying for it. Again, I don't really get the dynamics but I'll swallow it.
The parts leading up to the workhouse were really good, grinding in tension in the background through backstory and hint-dropping. I liked it. But I think it unhinged a little bit once the workhouse came into play.Read more ›
Just thirteen and living comfortably, Matt did not pay much attention to this ordinance until his parents went over their spending limit and a debt rehabilitation agent took him away. Adding to his shock, Matt felt confused and alone. His cell phone did not work, his emails to family and friends went unanswered, and he could not leave the top floor of the building where he worked and lived. The arrangements seemed increasingly suspicious, especially when he noticed an unusual number of children complaining of severe headaches and even seizures. Little did Matt foresee the amount of ingenuity and courage it would take to try to uncover the hidden truths behind the workhouse in which he was confined.
Suspenseful and clever, this novel paints an unsettling picture of a future in which cash-less transactions increase the temptation of excess spending and children pay the price of their parents' indulgences. While lessons of budget constraints, child labor, and corporate profiteering abound, readers will get a good dose of intrigue and adventure along the way to make these lessons palatable and interesting.
This book was okay. A few stretches, could be better developed. City of Ember, Hunger Games...all far better reads.
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