Author: Dima Zales
Series Number: 1
Publication Date: January 19, 2016
Genres: SciFi, Dystopia
Where I received the book: I received this free eARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Summary: My name is Theo, and I’m a resident of Oasis, the last habitable area on Earth. It’s meant to be a paradise, a place where we are all content. Vulgarity, violence, insanity, and other ills are but a distant memory, and even death no longer plagues us.
I was once content too, but now I’m different. Now I hear a voice in my head, and she tells me things no imaginary friend should know. Her name is Phoe, and she is my delusion.
Or is she?
Note: This book contains some strong language. We felt it was important for the censorship theme of the novel. If such words offend you, you might not enjoy this book.
DNF at 26%
I tried so hard to read this book, I really did. I hate DNF-ing a book, but I couldn’t get through this one. From the beginning, I noticed that I had to force myself to continue reading. By 26%, I realised I still wasn’t into it and what’s the point reading a book that I have to force myself to read, right?
The book is a YA, but the language (swearing, etc) is that of an adult book. Meanwhile, the characters have the mentality of a middle grade book. Throwing together middle grade and adult into one book really isn’t going to work. I’m not sure what it was, but this book was so boring.
One of the biggest things is that I couldn’t connect with the characters. They’re so immature and naive, that I have no care in the world for them. They speak in pig latin? Dude, you’re 23. Stop acting like a 12 year old. And what’s this subvocalising? I read a couple other reviews because I had no idea what was going on. So he’s muttering/mumbling to his imaginary friend? How do others not overhear? Oh, probably because they act like they’re 12 too.
The people are considered “Youths” until they’re 40? So you’re telling me everyone acts like a child until they’re miraculously enlightened? And I’m assuming they don’t die or they live until they’re ridiculously old? I stg nothing makes sense in this book.
Also, I don’t know if it’s the lack of world building or what, but I had no idea what was going on. I was confused the entire time. Nothing really ‘sank in’ or made sense. Something to do with nano technology in their brains too, which is illogical. And how they’ve taken away mental illness and love and whatnot? The only kid who had a mental illness was taken away and made everyone forget who he was? Also, in what world in millions of years would humans/people stop loving?
I don’t know. I just really didn’t like this book, and I have other problems with it but I’ll keep those to myself.