Author: C B Stone
Genre: YA Dystopia
Length: 138 pages
Publication: October 2014
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
In a futuristic society where the Elites rule and belief in God has been outlawed, Sinna Reardon tries to hold together the life she has been able to build. Along with her best friend Jacob, Sinna goes into the Old World to scavenge for valuable items that can be sold or used. Jacob is a believer. Sinna is not. In the After World the Elites choose citizens at random to complete trials. Sinna has faced, and passed, many trials in her short sixteen years. If you fail trial you are taken to Rehabilitation. The problem is, most who go in never come out.
When I started this I wasn't sure how I would like it. I've become somewhat burned out on Dystopian stories recently, but I really wanted to read and review this since I've had it sitting waiting for a few weeks now. And I am so glad I did!
Sinna lives in a society where belief in God has been strictly outlawed and those who continue to believe must be rehabilitated to trust only in science. Sinna's father was taken years before when he failed his trial and her mother went crazy with grief. Now love itself is banned, nearly at least. Even once you have chosen a partner you aren't supposed to love too deeply. Love leads to war and war is bad news.
Sinna and her best friend Jacob go out to the Old World searching for anything valuable. Jacob wants to find a church, but they have yet to do so. When Jacob is taken to Rehabilitation Sinna is devastated and Jacob's younger sister Samantha is taken and given to another family-one that plays by the rules.
The writing in this novel was beautiful. There were a few missing words here and there, small things like to and a, but that's to be expected. I really enjoyed being in Sinna's head. I didn't find her over the top like I do most of the protagonists in dystopias recently. Her struggles were realistic for a girl trying to hold together the small semblance of normal she has been able to find.
The set up for the After and Old worlds was very interesting. The idea of the Elites and the wars that wiped out the belief in God and the new role of science in society seems almost too realistic. I like the fact that Stone kept the novel short and to the point. I feel like many dystopias could be much shorter if they just got to the point and this one does just that.
The ending is a perfect cliff hanger and I cannot wait to read the final two installments in this trilogy. I am eagerly awaiting the release of book two! If you enjoy dystopian tales, or good writing in general, then you should go pick this book up now! You can find it on Amazon here. You can find more information about C.B Stone and her novels here.
Until next time. Your book loving friend,