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- Print Length: 418 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500181722
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: December 1, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00Q7P21ZE
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,107 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I haven't made my mind up on how I feel about multiple points of view in general but I really like how it was used in Slip. One character I didn't like reading their POV but that was because the character was written well enough that at times reading what they were thinking made my skin crawl. I liked getting to see what it was like to live in the world that David Estes has created. One thing I've had a hard time finding in new dystopian stories lately is seeing the day to day life in these dystopian worlds where resistance is still mostly a minor nuisance, and don't involve zombies, some sort of rampant disease, etc., and I have found what I've been looking for with Slip. The characters are well written, and believable for this world, whether I like them or not. I found that the characters provoked more emotion from me than I realized was there until I was ranting to myself about what was happening or I had to stop reading because I just didn't feel like reading a certain character's POV right then because of the feelings of disgust and rage at that character's thoughts. Another thing I have a hard time finding is very little to no romance. I often find romance to be unnecessary, gratuitous, and uninteresting. I loved that there was very little romance in this book, and what romance there is more of a side plot to the main story and I actually thought that it has a sweetness and innocence that I found a bit endearing instead of it irritating me. I absolutely LOVED reading Slip, and look forward to reading the rest of this series.
Slip took me on a fascinating, but often confusing journey through yet another dystopian world. The United States, now renamed Reorganized United States of America, has a new population control method that, according the statistics, works flawlessly. Unless…until, there is an UnBee, or Unauthorized Being, or, even worse, a full-blown Slip.
The rabbit hole never seems to end in this book. There is so much secrecy, so many lies, so many hidden motives and identities, that sometimes I would just be plain lost. Why is this guy like that? Who has this name? Why do they have the same name? Wait what? But by the end, “all was revealed” and every loose end, every unexplained mystery made painful perfect sense. Like many books that I enjoy, I won’t give away any spoilers and even names would actually give away a large piece of the plot so forgive me for being vague.
I loved the characters and the families that are slowly shoved into the conspiracy that makes up Slip. They were all so real and I felt for each of them in their different circumstances. I wish that they had secure happy endings, but that isn’t how the world works is it? Each personality that was involved in the making of the Slip trilogy (so far) are so intricately complex and quietly (and sometimes not so quietly) explored.
The plot is completely sound, from what I can tell you.The best part about reading a good book, personally, is that as a reviewer I am always analyzing any book that I read. I’m trying to figure out what I did like, what I didn’t, if the plot-holes are as abundant as the potholes in Pennsylvania, and all of the things that reviewers think about as they read. So, when part of that scrutiny disappears as I read, I am impressed. Estes did well with his writing. To give you an example, here’s the way he describes the beginning of a kiss: “…like an artist’s brush on canvas as they caress her own.” Is that not a masterpiece? Estes would give more information on the world that these characters live in through old articles and adverts that would appear usually at the end of each chapter, which I seriously loved. It didn’t feel like an info-dump or a lazy way of explaining things without dialogue, but a great way for me to learn vital information about the future world. I am very pleased that I got a chance to read Slip. And honestly? I might not even mind seeing this made into a movie. If it ever does, I hope Logan Lerman plays the main character, he looks really similar to the kid on the cover.
Would I Recommend Slip? Yes, in fact, I would. I enjoyed the mystery, the slight touch of romance, the continuous lies and desperate choices that were slowly unraveled. It was a rollercoaster worth riding. I did want to give a warning however, there is a story told about rape that may or may not be triggering for some readers.
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Comparisons are immediate with Room, Logan's Run, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and The Terminator / T Two. This is not to say that the work is derivative, just that there have been so many doomcalling dystopians. The predilection towards death and killing, sometimes seeming gratuitous, is what makes me rate this only four stars; that and robotic punctuation. Nobody talks like "Kiss. Me. Now." unless they are a Terminator. I don't recommend this for younger teens. The computer virus is also spread too easily to be any way realistic. However, it's good to consider such matters and how desperate a society might become.
Because many of the characters live as squatters we don't see a lot of how the society is organised or how ordinary people live. One of the most unpleasant aspects for me would be the flying advertisements which follow a person on the street, scanning their retinas to ask them by name if they want to buy a gift for their boyfriend etc. What a horrible life. That and the food pills. We could do with more such realisation of this future, which might be found in the next books.
Excellent twist at the end. Don't read the last few pages as this will completely ruin the story