How do you want to feel today?
In 2041, the choice is yours.
San Francisco is deserted, the Bay Bridge bombed, and the BART subway trains grounded. The Guardians, members of an elite and mysterious government-appointed military police force, are maintaining order at all costs—thanks to emotion-altering drugs like Emovere that suppress fear and anxiety. Lex Knightley, daughter of a prominent forensic psychiatrist, risks entering the devastated city to partner with the Resistance, a group of rebels intent upon exposing the dangers of Emovere. Lex discovers an ally in Quin McAllister, a magnetic Guardian Force recruit with a haunting past that binds them together. As she uncovers the secrets of the Guardian Force and confronts the truth about her family, Lex begins to realize that even those closest to her are not quite who they seem.
Goodreads average rating – 3,84/5 stars
My review –
This story had me intrigued from the first couple of chapters and the synopsis. The story is told from Alexandra “Lex” Knightley’s POV. An eighteen year old girl living in the suburbs of San Francisco with her mother, who created emotion altering drugs that led to utter destruction and chaos. The story revolves around Lex leaving the safety of her mother to go find the Resistance, a group of people who are working to change things and stand up to the corrupt government. Sounds cool right?
I tried to like this book because I really wanted to like this book. I love dystopian novels and tied in with this are a lot of elements from popular dystopian books – a unqiue setting, interesting history, a “communist” government, mind-altering drugs, and romance. As great as all of this sounds, I just did not like the book.
Lets start with the writing – It reminded me of a few other dystopian novels in the sense that the author gets to involved in the plot line and loses touch with the characters and character development. That had a huge impact on the book as I could not relate or connect to any of the characters. Even though the author was good at describing the horrific events and traumas that they went through, westill didn’t get to really know the characters. They all seemed paper thin, and completely unreal to me. The pacing was slow in the sense that little things happened here and there but they were not of much importance. The end was predicatable and some characters, such as Lex’s father just seemed random and out of place.
With the characters, even though I knew they were all different and since thereweren’t many within the book it was easy to remember who was who but I still saw them as the same people. I knew each person had a different background but they all acted the same. Distant, moody and untalkative. The dialogue at times seemed so forced because of their lack of emtion bringing us to the next point.
The romance in this book was painful. It came out of nowhere. I could see that perhaps the author was trying to show us that in a crumbling society people may just want to be with one another, but then it isnt love so much as lust or seeking comfort. The romance was intense and awkward, and it was just random. It seemed weird because once again, the characters didnt feel real and they didn’t seem to have real emotions, but it did get better towards the end.
Overall I would recommend this to some younger readers, as an introduction to the dystopian genre, but It is is not one of my favourites. It is a really good story line, which is pretty much what I liked about the book.
My rating 3/5 stars
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