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Want (Numbered) (Volume 1) Paperback – October 13, 2014
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**** 4/5 **** "...If you are looking for something to help you fill the void where Hunger Games left you, try this one!" By Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
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Numbered series came as a surprise for me too. I was thinking about the title of Dream Killing book 2 and wondered if I should play with the word two (into tool). After much debate, I ended up naming it Dream Killing 2. But I really like the idea about using Tool for Two and continue to play with the other numbers. One ended up being Want, Two became Tool, Three was changed to Tree, Four was converted to Fall and Five was made into Fine. (I ended up stopping at Fall instead of Fine)
Since it was about numbers, I decided to call it the series Number Games but changed my mind as it was too similar to Hunger Games. I changed it to Numbered instead.
During that period, I was intrigued by the numbers of dystopian stories that were shown in the cinema (Hunger Games, Divergent and Running Maze) and thus decided to try my hands on Dystopian.
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The book begins with Aurelia, a seventeen year old girl who has just graduated and received her work assignment to be part of the medical personnel on Lunar city (a city on the moon). Her world is split into two sections: the people who live on the moon in Lunar City and are the ruling, or elite, class, and everybody else who live and work on Earth and are tightly controlled. Aurelia says goodbye to her parental units (people who are selected for breeding and bringing number 3s into the world, but emotional attachment is discouraged) and gets on a transport to Lunar City. There she meets Nicholas, a clone and of a class of people lower than the lowest human worker, and they strike up a conversation.
The transport she is one gets attacked and Aurelia finds herself serving as the senior medical staff as she tends to patients. She even disobeys the rules to save a sec worker, instead of euthanizing him because of his vast injuries; something that plays in her favor later on. Then she meets Jonathon, one of the elite on Lunar City and next in line to be president. She tends to his wounds and also saves his life. When they get to the hospital on Lunar City, another attempt is made on Jonathon’s life, forcing Aurelia to save him once again. The attack on the ship was the first attempt.
After that, things move quickly for Aurelia as she finds herself the object of affection for both Jonathan and Nicholas, and she is attracted to both, but she also finds herself as each of their confidants. Before Aurelia knows it, she is being asked to join the resistance and help the clones achieve some form of equality.
The story is fairly well-written with only a few editorial errors; mostly missing commas that even the professional houses forget. It is also fast paced and the easy writing style makes for a fast read. I, myself, read it in a day. But there were a few problems I had with the book.
1. Aurelia’s transformation from recent graduate who loves the system to a rebel. The story takes place over a period of three days, hardly enough time for someone who spent all 17 years of their life obeying the system to suddenly turn against it. It wasn’t believable. I know that it was the natural path that she would have to go, but it should have taken longer and been more of a struggle for her.
2. The love triangle. Why is it that every book after Twilight, Hunger Games, and Divergent puts in a love triangle, where a teenage girl obsesses over two really good-looking men? And in this case, both seem to be much older than Aurelia. After a ten minute conversation with Nicholas, and a cup of coffee, Aurelia thinks she likes him. She is even willing to risk her life for him, even when she thinks he had something to do with the attack on the transport vessel. Then, after meeting Jonathon, and saving his life, she thinks she is in love with him. Both are obviously attracted to her, and so the internal, emotional struggle begins. Again, the story takes place over a period of 3 days, so this is more lust, not romance, and felt like it was just put in there because that is what people expect to see in YA fiction.
3. Aurelia being asked to join the resistance after only just meeting the leader of the resistance and having been in Lunar City for a few hours. Again, 3 day timeline, and she is only 17 and very naive, yet now she is being trusted with helping the resistance and keeping a bunch of secrets that most people wouldn’t trust a person they had known for decades with. Also, at every turn, we are reminded that the characters have to be very careful with whom they trust. After all, this is a society where secrets and trusting the wrong person can get you killed. So, why would the resistance trust a 17 year old that they had only known for 3 days, at most? It’s not believable.
4. Nicholas trusting Aurelia with his secrets even though he has only known her for 3 days. Nicholas is a clone. Clones are looked down upon by this society, but for some reason Aurelia doesn’t follow convention, respects him, and trusts everything he says. I’m guessing his super good looks had something to do with it. The timeline of the story does not follow this level of trust. Nicholas tells Aurelia that you have to be careful in Lunar City and very wary of whom you trust, while forgetting the fact that he has only known this 17 year old, recent graduate, who knows nothing about how her world truly works, girl for three days.
The story isn’t bad, and if you like dystopian fair, you will probably like this. I did not hate this book. I just felt that the three day timeline discredited the amount of trust the characters gave one another, and made Aurelia’s transformation from a lover of the system to a rebel unbelievable, which is why I can only give it 3 stars.
The author vacillated between children being a duty and parents not even associating with their children and how people want children but need permission to have them. If they want them they wouldn't be heartless adults!
I felt more for the clones than any of the other characters! Go clones!!
Magus Tor has done a great job at crafting a world where the government has really gotten out of hand and the power to change things falls into the lap of a young 17 year old girl. Aurelia has just been put into the medical profession and is on her way to Lunar City when her world is thrown upside down.
While Lunar City is where the elite live and on her way there she meets Nicholas. Hes a clone and while the lowest of humanity pretty much all are indentured servants to the rich and power-ful, the clones aren't much more than slave labor. Only having now met one of the clones she quickly forms a much higher opinion of them.
Soon after though things actually get complicated when she meets Jonathon who is in line to be-come the next president when she saves his life. With Nicholas and Jonathon in her life we see another popular dystopian sub-plot pop up in the form of a love triangle.
While I think the time frame of the novel moved a little too quickly to be believable, the writing which really sucked me in helped me to look past that. With everything going on in the novel it feels that it should have taken place over 3 months and not 3 days.
A fun read with minor flaws that were easy to overlook with the larger plot and descriptions of life on the moon being so well put together.
The writing style is direct and enjoyable, featuring a good balance of details and swiftness of story. There were a few typographical errors, but for the most part the book is well edited. The book feels too short, and oddly enough the events take place during only a scant few days. I would have liked to see things stretched out over a longer time, giving Aurelia a more realistic time span to adapt to her sudden adulthood and being wrapped up in political intrigue.
However, I was very interested in the world. Magus Tor has established a great world with a rich history that I will enjoy exploring in the next installments. The characters are also interesting and varied, although many of them aside from Nicholas don't appear too much as the story focuses on Aurelia. The book sets the stage for a rebel organization fighting back against the grasp of the Lunar City elite, a political assassination, etc. It just seems to end just as soon as it really gets going.
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