RATING: 1 STAR
DNF @ 60%
2018; HarperTeen/HarperCollins Canada
(Review Not on Blog)
Ever since I read Laura Moriarty's debut book (The Center of Everything), I have enjoyed her books on the whole (I have even put one book aside for those time I can't pick a book and need a must-read author). I was excited when I saw this new title, and to be honest, I didn't even read the synopsis. I know, I know, that is totally on me but even when I saw that it was in YA (young adult) dystopian novel I was still interested! I don't usually gravitate towards dystopian novels, but Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games have made me at least not say no to trying it. I did read a few Goodreads review on the book, and most were not, ummm...ahem, favourable. I decided to go ahead and still read this book as it was by an author I enjoy and I did request to review it. I think Moriarty had good intentions and her writing is great, but I agree with some of Goodreads community. I really wanted to at least finish it, but gave up at 60% and just read the end, especially when I was skimming sections. So much negativity has been given to this novel, so I don't want to add more to it. I will say that what didn't work for me was that Moriarty took on a big topic but didn't explore it as she could have. I also didn't know what the message was or if there was anything to be learned from this. I was overall, more confused than hating it. Sometimes good writing cannot help a book.
***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***