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23 août 2018 - Publié sur Amazon.com
I originally picked this book up because I loved the cover so much. I had put off starting it since it's part of a series. Now that the third book is getting ready to release, I decided to start it. I wasn't exactly sure what I was going to get from it. I had my reservations. I don't typically read books set in the future. I am not a big YA fan, although I have read some. Then there was the long list of main characters. I wasn't sure I would be able to follow the book.
This book starts out with a big bang, giving you the main climax of the story. Then goes back to how the dominoes started to set up and fall down leading up to the climax. I was hooked from that opener. I wanted to know who was involved and why.
The book moved with a great pace. Giving you both plot and character development piece by piece. With each character's story you not only get to know them, but you are getting sections of a web that will eventually become complete by the end of the book.
I really enjoyed this book. I have read some of the reviews since I finished reading it. I have to say, people are a little too picky and way too hyper-sensitive. This is a work of fiction. The author did a great job at creating realistic characters in realistic situations given their age and status.
There are some great subject themes in this book. From the rich and entitled to the under-class and hard working. The blending of all of these characters fit well into the story that is being told. I don't think this story would have worked without any one of them.
I did want to hit on a couple of things that this book seemed to get some flack over. (Just know I am rolling my eyes over these.) First, is the budding romance and attraction between two characters who are adoptive siblings. This is technically NOT incest. Is it questionable? Okay, sure. But incestual? Hardly. I mean, sure they are legally brother and sister, but biologically, they are nothing to one another. It's no different than same-sex relationships. One can't help who they are attracted to or fall in love with. It's a natural attraction. They share no blood or genes. It isn't romanticized like some have accused. In fact, they both fight the attraction. They try to deny it, ignore it. I think some reviewers need to get be more open to fiction that could actually be real.
The next I want to address is the LGBTQ insensitivity. I didn't see it. The relationship that develops is natural. And the handling of it is REALISTIC. These are teenagers. They are confused and full of hormones. I am not sure what the hyper-sensitive reviewers think should happen with immature teens who are confused with what they are feeling, but clearly they are a bit delusional.
I think the author did a wonderful job with setting up societal, socioeconomic, and culture themes well in this book. Were these characters irrational and immature? Absolutely. They are TEENAGERS, hence their teenage behavior. They problems and their emotions seemed spot on to me. Sure, some were a bit exaggerated, but this is fiction.
Overall, this book was a really good book. My reservations were a bit unfounded. I had no problems with the things I thought I would. I really enjoyed this book, and I am looking forward to reading the next two books.
Being a Senior Citizen I was captured by the jacket of this book and the title. I did not realize that this book was geared to a younger generation. However, I am glad I did not know because that would have clouded by my judgement about buying it. I must say the author has quite an imagination and created a wonderful and (somewhat) enchanting story for most ages. I think I would appreciate living at that time and enjoying all the benefits from the thousandth floor. Actually there were many benefits from living in that particular era. I particularly like the fact that all private cars were illegal, residents had to give up their cars or were thrown into jail. Humans were not capable of driving due to high mortaility rates. According to your finances, you had the privilege of "Having It All". But the main characters all had their deep problems, each to a different extent. It is a long book, and I did not think I would continue. But the more I read, the more I wanted to read. I was really involved. The ending was a bit of a disappointment, for a couple of reasons. It was extremely abrupt and there was a senseless death. But I will wait for the sequel, and I hope the author will put it all together and make it more complete.
If you enjoy Game of Thrones, you may enjoy this book, as it has similar themes of a bunch of rich people being horrible to each other. Full of self-absorbed affluent teenagers, backstabbing, and incest. The characters that seem to have some depth to them get very little narrative attention. I have read some bad fiction in my life but this is one of few that I wish I could actively remove from my memory. So glad I got this on sale, would rate 0 stars if I could. Steer clear.
I probably should have given this book 4 stars, but I really want to read the next book. Don't really want to pay $10 though. I liked the ideas the author came up with for the future and the relationships between the characters. Unbelievable parts though, like not checking for blood alcohol level. I also thought it was silly that they were so worried about what other people would think about step brother & sister being together when they are not related and brother not brought into family until later. I guess that's just me though.