Few things are more frightening than a world without breathable air, which is why it makes for a near perfect setting in the new dystopian series from Sarah Crossan. In BREATHE, the world’s air supply was depleted when the trees and oceans were destroyed. Those who survived have built new societies in massive domes where air is currency and only the wealthy Premiums can afford enough to exorcise and have children.
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Evie and Jack reminded me a lot of a teenage Mackayla and Jericho from Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. A lot. Evie starts out as this Southern beauty with a sweet if superficial disposition who begins seeing things that can’t be real–terrifying things. Jack is the wordly wise bad boy without an inch of softness. He’s ruthless and hard and he forces Evie to survive in the new world they find themselves in.
GLITCH reminded me of a young adult version of George Orwell’s 1984 novel in that it too has omnipresent government surveillance systems, public mind control, and no individualism allowed.
Almost great books infuriate me. They’ll have some great things about them which only make the not great things about them all the more grievous. Such is the case with THE FORSAKEN, the first book in The Forsaken trilogy by Lisa M. Stasse. My experience reading this book was similar to my experience picking it up: the cover was a complete turn off for me, but the description was fantastic.
Love in a post-apocalyptic world is a concept that draws me in, and the description of TOMORROW LAND conjured up the thrills and dangers of ENCLAVE and AFTERTIME. Unfortunately, in TOMORROW LAND, that seed of an interesting story was buried under a clunky narrative device, melodramatic plotting, and characters that never rose above caricature. Though young readers may enjoy the concept without realizing that anything is missing, the decadent attitudes portrayed by Mancusi’s future teens aren’t particularly YA appropriate. Perhaps smiting all the sexually active people was supposed to redeem this fact (as per horror movie rules), but that device had me rolling my eyes.
In the past week, I have been gorging myself on Ann Aguirre in three different series and subgenres: SHADY LADY (urban fantasy), NIGHTFALL (paranormal romance), and now ENCLAVE (paranormal YA). If I didn’t already have her on my short list of authors par excellence, there is no question that ENCLAVE would have catapulted her over the edge. It’s a creepy and shocking and thrilling look at post apocalyptic New York that will remind readers of THE HUNGER GAMES and LORD OF THE FLIES.