This book...where to begin. I would have stopped reading a quarter of the way in, but I was curious and had nothing better to do, so I powered through all 500 digital pages over the span of two days. What started out as an interesting concept that was grimly relatable in today's political climate spiraled downward over the course of the book and plummeted into what I found, by the end, laughable. I did not find the characters likeable - the protagonist, Amy, suffered from a distinct sense of Mary Sue-ness, down to an unexplained special ability that allows her to see through illusions, that I'd hoped she'd shake off if I just read a little farther, but she never did. I also got the distinct sense that the author forgot how old her characters were, as at one point a 14 year old rips off all her clothes in front of a giant crowd of protesters to get their attention and nothing but positive things are said about this. Overall, it seemed to be a failed attempt at following in the footsteps of The Hunger Games and Maze Runner. Stick with those.
Grim, but maybe true. Maybe we are already living in a version of this distopia where the only way to get ahead, out of the hole and into the light is to sacrifice dignity for full exposure in these convoluted reality games. Worth reading.
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