Vi knows the Rule: Girls don’t walk with boys, and they never even think about kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the Rules more than Zenn…and since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi’s future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself.
But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they’re set on convincing Vi to become one of them….starting by brainwashed Zenn. Vi can’t leave Zenn in the Thinkers’ hands, but she’s wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up with Jag. Jag is egotistical, charismatic, and dangerous: everything Zenn’s not. Vi can’t quite trust Jag and can’t quite resist him, but she also can’t give up on Zenn.
This is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.
Just…no. I was looking forward to this book and was overwhelmingly disappointed. For the most part I still have no idea what the book was about, and I actually FINISHED reading it! There is absolutely NO world building. The only reason I kept reading was because I was convinced the author would eventually have to explain the world she created in detail. I kept flipping, rolling my eyes, waiting…flipping, rolling my eyes, waiting. It was only when I got towards the end that I realized there would be no information about the world, why Vi’s powers matter, nothing.
The characters are awful. Vi is in love with her childhood friend and match Zenn. While on a forbidden date with him she gets arrested and thrown in a cell with Jag Barque. In the span of two days, she is hopelessly in love with Jag. Ummmm, for real tho? So Zenn is just kicked to the curb now? And don’t get me started on Jag. He’s a lying, manipulative crybaby. He bursts into tears at the most random moments, constantly lies, is always angry with Vi for the dumbest things, and storms off and leaves her on more than one occasion. And once they make up, wash, rinse, and repeat…they do the same thing all over again. The dialogue is awful, and nothing makes any sense, nor is anything ever explained.
I honestly wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone. I’m actually surprised I managed to read it all the way through.
Filed in: Dystopian, Mini Reviews, Young Adult Tags: Dystopian, Elana Johnson, Young Adult